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RCM education programme nominated for award

17 October, 2017

RCM education programme nominated for award

The RCM’s labour ward leaders programme ‘Working together for safer care’ has been shortlisted for a Health Service Journal (HSJ) award.

The RCM’s education team, who developed the pilot programme, have been nominated in the category ‘Improving outcomes through learning and development’.  

The labour ward leaders programme was developed following work initiated by the asphyxia working group of ATAIN (avoiding term admission into neonatal units).  

It was designed and delivered collaboratively by the RCM, RCOG and the patient safety team at NHS Improvement (NHSI), with funding from Health Education England and ATAIN.  

The programme is delivered as a one-day interactive workshop and is aimed at multidisciplinary maternity teams. Initially, a pilot programme with four programmes was made available to labour ward teams from September to December 2016. Eight teams with equal representation of midwives and doctors (primarily obstetricians) attended each workshop. This totalled 32 trusts and 245 labour ward leaders.  

RCM head of education and learning Carmel Lloyd said: ‘We are delighted to be shortlisted by the HSJ for such a prestigious award and to be nominated in the category for ‘working together for safer care’ is excellent.

‘The education team has worked really hard in collaboration with our colleagues at NHSI and the RCOG to produce and deliver this outstanding one-day programme.

‘The RCM is very proud to have its learning and development work recognised, particularly this programme as it is rooted in improving safety and relationships amongst healthcare professionals within the labour ward.’

RCOG vice president for education Professor Janice Rymer said: ‘We are delighted that this multidisciplinary programme has been shortlisted for a HSJ award. This achievement reflects the ongoing collaborative work being undertaken by our two colleges.

‘The RCOG has worked closely with the RCM to design and plan the leadership training programme with the ultimate aim of developing leadership capability with a focus on improved safety in maternity care. It is vital that we work together to address current challenges in maternity services to ensure women receive the best possible care.’  

The winners of the HSJ awards will be announced during a ceremony on 22 November 2017 in London. More details on the awards can be found here.

Information on the RCM’s upcoming labour leader programme ‘Working together for safer care’ is available here.

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