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The RCM regularly responds to consultations from the NHS, government and other organisations on issues that affect maternity services. Our responses aim to represent members' views and provide an expert midwifery perspective to influence decision makers.


Maternity Transformation Programme in England: Harnessing Digital Technology Survey

Following the publication of the National Maternity Review – Better Births – in February 2016, NHS England set up a Maternity Transformation Programme to implement the recommendations of Better Births. Better Births recognises the importance of harnessing digital technology and makes recommendations on the use of digital technology to assist health professionals working in Maternity to provide a high quality service to women, with an emphasis on improved personalisation and choice.

NHS England is looking for a fuller description of the kinds of digital services required to support Maternity care, and are initiating a three month consultation period with interested stakeholders to define those services.

They are keen to have the views of those who collect, access, use or hold maternity information in a professional capacity.

You can view the survey and take part, please click here: https://www.engage.england.nhs.uk/survey/6ac7e97f


UK National Screening Committee decision on Group Step B

The consultation on antenatal screening for Group B Strep is set to end next week.  To take part, please see https://legacyscreening.phe.org.uk/groupbstreptococcus  

UK National Screening Committee has asked midwives to participate by 25 January, when the public consultation closes.


The future of the Unicef Baby Friendly Initiative

Baby Friendly Initiative (BFI) is now 20 years old and its impact on UK public services has been significant.  This consultation discusses how the BFI can be taken forward to ensure it is relevant for the future. The BFI would like to hear from midwives to get their views on where the BFI should focus on next and what kind of organisation/accreditation it is.

The consultation closes on 31 January 2017.

For more information about the consultation and to have your say, click here on the BFI website.