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‘RCM launches new series of equality and diversity publications for members’

28 April, 2016

‘RCM launches new series of equality and diversity publications for members’

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The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) has launched a brand new series of publications designed specifically for RCM members including midwives, maternity support workers (MSWs) and workplace representatives.

The five equality and diversity publications cover RCMs work as both a trade union and a professional body. They focus on equalities issues that RCM members may face in the workplace as well as issues that may affect women using maternity services.

The publications include;

  • BME Midwives, Disciplinary Proceedings and the Workplace Race Equality Standard publication

This publication* details the results of five years of freedom of information requests the RCM made to NHS trusts in London about the numbers of BME midwives involved in disciplinary proceedings

  • Equality Essentials

This publication contains information about the nine protected characteristics in the Equality Act 2010; the different types of discrimination; the public sector equality duty; equality and diversity in the NHS; equality impact assessments; what Workplace Reps can do; and some common myths and facts about equality and diversity.

  •  Working with menopause

This publications provides information about the symptoms of the menopause, the age profile of  midwives, the effects of the menopause on work, the effects of the menopause on work in maternity units, what employers can do to help and what our workplace representatives can do.

  •  Pregnancy and maternity rights at work​

 RCM members are aware of the significance of pregnancy discrimination and the effect this has on women. Midwives may also be caring for a woman who is being discriminated against at work and this may require additional support.

  • Work related stress

This guidance provides information about stress and the ways in which members can identify their stress triggers. For Heads of Midwifery there is useful advice and information on positive management behaviours.

Commenting on the publications Amy Leversidge, Employment Relations Advisor at the RCM said; “Investment in NHS staff is an investment in NHS care. The RCM has always advocated that the health and well being of maternity staff ultimately improves the service they provide and in turn ensures women and their babies receive the highest quality care.”

“We are delighted to have launched these five publications which we hope will provide valuable advice and support to midwives and MSWs throughout their working life. The publications will also be of assistance to workplace representatives and Heads of Midwifery as the contain ideas and information about how they can work in partnership with trusts and NHS employers to improve health and well being in the workplace.

 

RCM Members can access the reports on the equality and diversity page of the RCM website here: https://www.rcm.org.uk/equality-and-diversity or please see PDFs attached

*BME Midwives, Disciplinary Proceedings and the Workplace Race Equality Standard:https://www.rcm.org.uk/sites/default/files/Equality%20and%20Diversity%20Publication%20-%20BME%20Midwives%20and%20Race%20Equality%20Standard%20A5%2028pp_Spread.pdf

Black and minority ethnic midwives (BME) in London are disproportionately more likely to face disciplinary proceedings, and receive a more severe outcome from disciplinary proceedings new findings show.

https://www.rcm.org.uk/news-views-and-analysis/news/new-findings-raise-spectre-of-discrimination-against-bme-midwives-in

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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/.

 

 

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