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Advance to continuity of carer - RCM launches continuity of carer board game

5 October, 2018

Advance to continuity of carer - RCM launches continuity of carer board game

A board game to support midwives and maternity services to move towards more continuity of care and carer is being launched today at the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) Annual Conference. Continuity of care and carer is a key element of the Better Births National Maternity Review for England. The Best Start review in Scotland also recommends that continuity of carer be used as the central model of care.

The game is called Continuity Counts and has been has been extensively piloted in Scotland. It helps teams of midwives spend time exploring what a year might feel like providing continuity of carer, with each midwife holding a caseload of around 35 women.

It aims to help teams understand more about providing continuity across the woman’s journey through pregnancy. It will also encourage discussions about how they might choose to manage their time as a team.

The game is going to be available across the UK first through RCM national and regional officers and, then through them to RCM workplace representatives and branch officers.

The board game joins the RCM’s other continuity initiatives including an online learning module on the RCM’s i-learn platform and the RCM Position Statement on continuity of carer.  The RCM has also been holding workshops on continuity in trusts and boards across the UK.

Commenting on the board gamed, Dr Mary Ross-Davie the RCM Director for Scotland and lead on continuity, said: “The evidence shows that continuity of carer works. It works for women and it enables midwives and their maternity colleagues to deliver better and safer care.

“The board game is a fun way to look at and engage with this increasingly important way of working. And it really does work and help teams think seriously about how they can implement continuity in their teams and workplaces”

To read the RCM Continuity Care of Position Statement see https://www.rcm.org.uk/sites/default/files/Continuity%20of%20midwife-led%20care.pdf

To read the RCM guidance on ‘The contribution of continuity of midwifery care to high quality maternity care’  see https://www.rcm.org.uk/sites/default/files/Continuity%20of%20Care%20A5%2012pp%202107_6.pdf

For more information on the RCM’s Annual Conference see https://www.rcm.org.uk/get-involved/events/rcm-annual-conference.

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/.



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