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Milestone for RCM Caring for You Charter

26 April, 2017

Milestone for RCM Caring for You Charter

All of Northern Ireland’s maternity services have now signed up to the RCM Caring for You Charter, making it the first UK country to have a 100% sign-up.

Launched in June, the charter aims to encourage NHS organisations across the UK to sign up. 

More than half the UK’s maternity services in hospital trusts and boards have done so.

The Caring for You Charter aims to improve the health, safety and wellbeing of midwives, student midwives, and MSWs.
According to research, when staff wellbeing is supported, employee involvement, motivation and performance levels increase and outcomes for women improve. 
Suzanne Tyler, RCM director for services to members, said: ‘This is a great achievement for Northern Ireland and a testament to the hard work and effort of our representatives and staff.
‘It is hugely encouraging to see so many heads of midwifery concerned about staff wellbeing, and committing time and resources to it. 

‘As well as being a concern for staff it is a commitment to the mothers, babies and families they care for. I look forward to many more trusts and boards across the UK signing up.’
Breedagh Hughes, director of the RCM in Northern Ireland, said: ‘I am immensely proud that Northern Ireland is leading the way. 

‘Our maternity services and their staff should all be proud, as should our hardworking staff and workplace reps. 

‘This is a great achievement and a significant step in improving the working lives of midwives and maternity support workers, and the care for mothers, babies and their families.’
Organisations signing the charter commit to working with the RCM to develop and implement an action plan outlining health, safety and wellbeing issues important to the maternity workforce and service users.

They also commit to ensuring midwives and maternity support workers have access to flexible working, and to promoting a positive workplace culture, including taking breaks.
For more information on the Caring for You campaign, click here.

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