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Country news: Wales

26 May, 2017

Country news: Wales

News and updates from RCM Wales by director Helen Rogers (Midwives Summer 2017).

SUPERVISION model introduced:

The new model for supervision in Wales was launched in Cardiff Bay in April. The launch, along with a celebration of midwifery, was kindly supported by Vaughan Gething AM, cabinet secretary for health, wellbeing and sport.

Speakers included Karen Jewell, nursing officer for maternity and early years; Professor Jean White, chief nursing officer; Suzanne Hardacre, HoM at Cardiff and Vale University Health Board; and Sue Peterson, clinical supervisor for midwives. Lesley Page (pictured) was also able to join us – it was her last visit to Wales as RCM president.


The School of Healthcare Sciences at Cardiff University was launched as a WHO Collaborating Centre for Midwifery Development. It is now one of more than 700 institutions in 80 countries that work with WHO in a range of disciplines. This was followed by a midwifery symposium attended by international guests and chaired by Billie Hunter, professor of midwifery and director of the centre. It provided a great opportunity to share educational and research developments. 


Vaughan Gething AM opened our first collaborative conference on perinatal mental health in April.

The day was held in partnership with 1000 Lives Improvement and Public Health Wales and was attended by midwives, MSWs and service users from across the field of perinatal mental health. 


Our chief nursing officer, Jean White, opened a new birth centre at Llandrindrod Wells Hospital in March. Ithon Birth Centre had its first delivery on 8 March, also International Women’s Day. Blake Ivy was the first baby born at the unit and, together with her mum, Amber Howell-Davies, joined the celebrations at the official opening.


It’s been fantastic to see health boards in Wales embrace the Caring for You charter. As part of the campaign, a free study day focusing on the individual aspects of health and wellbeing is being held for all maternity staff across Wales. ‘Stressed Out – Health and Wellbeing’ will take place on 13 June at Keir Hardie Business Park. 

The aim is to equip maternity staff to manage stress and achieve a healthier lifestyle through stress management, nutrition, massage therapy and occupational health. 

The event is ticket-only and spaces are limited. Please email aimee.goodwin@rcm.org.uk for more information.

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