RCM unites with professional bodies and healthcare unions to launch set of CPD principles for midwives

on 15 January 2019 Learning Continuing Professional Development (CPD) NICE - The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence Staffing Levels

Today (Tuesday 15th January) a working group which includes the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) has launched a set of principles for continuing professional development (CPD).

The Interprofessional CPD and Lifelong Learning UK Working Group* comprising of organisations from across the health and social care sector including; College of Paramedics, UNISON, Royal College of Nursing ,UNITE and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society to name just a few.

The new principles are designed to guide individuals, employers and wider systems to create a culture of continuous improvement, workforce development and improve outcomes for service users.

The five principles are that CPD and Lifelong Learning should;

  1. Be owned by the individual and be supported and facilitated by the employer.
  2. Benefit the service user.
  3. Improve the quality of service delivery.
  4. Be balanced and relevant to the individual’s scope of practice.
  5. Be recorded and reflect the impact on the individual’s practice.

Commenting, Carmel Lloyd Head of Education and Learning at the RCM said; “The RCM is really pleased to launch these key principles for continuing professional development not only for midwives and maternity support workers, but for all those working in our health and social care sector.

“It’s important we remember that NICE guidance on safe staffing within maternity units recommends that trust boards and senior management promote staff training and education. It also states that midwives must have time to participate in CPD in addition to statutory and mandatory training, and supervision.

 RCM members already have access to a wide range of web based i-learn resources that can go towards CPD. We also have developed other learning resources such as a module on electronic foetal monitoring (EFM) which was developed with the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologist’s in partnership with e-Learning for Healthcare.

“The RCM believes  the five key principles we co developed are clear and the impact of them will be evaluated next year ahead of a review in 2021.”




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Please follow this link to access the publication: https://www.collegeofparamedics.co.uk/publications/principles-for-cpd

*The Interprofessional CPD and Lifelong Learning UK Working Group is made up of: Allied Health Professions Federation Scotland, Association of Clinical Scientists, British Association of Art Therapists, British Association of Music Therapy, British and Irish Orthoptic Society, British Dietetic Association, Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, College of Operating Department Practitioners, College of Paramedics, Institute of Biomedical Science, Royal College of Nursing, Royal College of Occupational Therapists, Royal Pharmaceutical Society, The British Association of Prosthetists and Orthotists, The British Psychological Society, The Royal College of Midwives, The Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, The Society and College of Radiographers, UNISON and Unite the union.



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Notes to editors

The RCM is the only trade union and professional association dedicated to serving midwifery and the whole midwifery team. We provide workplace advice and support, professional and clinical guidance and information, and learning opportunities with our broad range of events, conferences and online resources. For more information visit the RCM website at https://www.rcm.org.uk/.