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Country news: Scotland

26 May, 2017

Country news: Scotland

News and updates from RCM Scotland by director Mary Ross-Davie (Midwives Summer 2017).


I have had a great time visiting six health boards over the last two months – the Shetland and Orkney islands with our president Lesley Page, and the Western Isles with the RCM Scotland team’s learning organiser Angela Boyle. 

The teams in these remote areas do such interesting and fulfilling work, yet have real problems recruiting. I also spent time with managers, workplace representatives and members in Greater Glasgow and Clyde, and Lothian to hear about the pressures they are facing.  

Please come and see me when I visit your health board over the next six months, as it helps me represent you much more effectively if I hear directly what your concerns are.


The RCM Scotland team is now on social media to help members see what we are doing and stay in touch with upcoming events. Please ‘like’ our RCM Scotland Facebook page or follow us on Twitter @ScotlandRCM.


I am so pleased 13 of Scotland’s 14 health boards have now signed the Caring for You charter. I am now keen to see how members work to put those commitments into action locally. Are you all getting your breaks? Is everyone able to drink enough water during a shift? Are you tackling negative cultures and bullying? Please share with us the work you are doing locally so we can share ideas and positive change can spread.




I know some of you are anxious what Best start recommendations will mean for you – particularly implementing continuity of carer. At the RCM we will be working hard nationally and locally to ensure the changes work for midwives, as well as the women and families we care for. We held a really successful think-tank day in March for over 100 RCM workplace representatives, HoMs and other lead midwives that helped us explore how we can best do this.


The RCM Scotland team is keen to establish a lively network of local RCM activity across the country. Getting involved with the RCM can bring you leadership and development opportunities, improve conditions for midwives and support workers in your area, and help lift morale and build a sense of community in your workplace. Talk to the team at infoscotland@rcm.org.uk

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