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RCM UK board for Scotland: Launch of the KCND maternity pathways

20 May, 2009

RCM UK board for Scotland: Launch of the KCND maternity pathways

Gillian Smith, director of the RCM board for Scotland

Midwives magazine: June/July 2009


Gillian Smith, director of the RCM board for Scotland

In February, the chief nursing officer (CNO) for Scotland moved to a new post at the University of the West of Scotland and midwife Dr Margaret McGuire has been acting CNO since then.

The Keeping Childbirth Natural and Dynamic pathways were launched on the 12 May by the Scottish cabinet secretary for health and wellbeing Nicola Sturgeon. This has already generated a lot of press interest especially around the move to make the midwife the first point of contact in antenatal care.
The Early Clinical Careers initiative has begun, with six midwives enrolled in the programme from different health boards. This initiative is run through NHS Education Scotland to support midwives and nurses who qualify to be fast-tracked onto Masters level programme. They are identified during their midwifery training and once they secure employment, the programme begins.

The Forth Valley Branch held a candlelit vigil at Stirling Royal Infirmary on the 5 May for International Day of the Midwife, which involved local midwives, women, obstetricians, paediatricians, anaesthetists and local managers. Also on the 6 May, there was a debate in the Scottish Parliament around millennium development goal 5, which a number of midwives attended followed by a small reception hosted by some of the members of the Scottish Parliament.

The UK Board for Scotland is planning its annual conference on 12 November.







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