RCM comments on NHS Interim People Plan

on 03 June 2019 NHS Caring For You campaign Leadership

Today, the Interim NHS People Plan has been published.

Commenting on the plan, Gill Walton, Chief Executive and General Secretary of the Royal College of Midwives (RCM), said: "We welcome the interim plan as a good basis on which to move forward. But for this to have an impact on the working lives of midwives and other NHS staff, and improve the care they are able to deliver then it needs sufficient investment.

"I am pleased to see a focus on flexible working in the NHS outlined in the Best Place to Work aspect of the report. This is very much in line with the RCM's Caring for You campaign. This aims to improve the working lives of midwives and maternity support workers, so that they in turn can deliver even better care for women, babies and their families. The NHS has got to look after its staff better and it is good to see the plan recognising this. This is vital if we are going to retain the midwives and other staff we have and bring more into training and into the NHS.

"The plan also recognises the importance of leadership. This links in to the RCM's leadership activities running for three years from 2019. Here we are focusing on the importance of leadership at all levels of the NHS and how good leadership will lead to better services and higher quality and safer care.

"The RCM and its members will be working hard supporting the NHS to make this plan work. But it needs the Government to commit to the additional investment their plan and the NHS needs."

The NHS Interim People Plan can be viewed at: https://improvement.nhs.uk/resources/interim-nhs-people-plan/  

For more information on the RCM's Caring for You Campaign see: https://www.rcm.org.uk/supporting/getting-help/caring-for-you/ 

For more information on the RCM’s leadership activities and initiatives see: https://www.rcm.org.uk/promoting/learning-careers/leadership/ 

Note 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/.