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Maternity Support Workers Roles and Responsibilities

Maternity Support Workers Roles and Responsibilities

The RCM’s (2010) Position Statement on Maternity Support Workers (MSW) states that the introduction of support workers: “should be within a clear framework which defines their role, responsibility and arrangements for supervision”. Too often as the Final Report of the Midwifery 2020 programme (2010) and the Kings Fund (2011) have noted the development of support workers in maternity services, particularly in England, can be ad hoc and inconsistent.

The RCM recognises that support workers perform tasks holistically, working as part of a team and require a wide range of competences including – communication skills, problem solving, recognising and responding appropriately to emergency situations and demonstrating awareness of equality and diversity issues. This guide, however, focus on tasks alone. This is in order to assist the setting of clear and unambiguous role parameters.

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