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18 January, 2017

Today the TUC have released a report saying that workers in the public sector including midwives face real pay falls of thousands of pounds by 2020. Commenting on the report, Jon Skewes, Director for Policy, Employment Relations and Communications, said: “This is yet more evidence that our hard working midwives and other NHS staff are being hit hard by a significant fall in their earnings, at a time when the costs of living are rising.

17 January, 2017

‘The RCM has not been party to this investigation  by the NMC and so cannot comment on how their decision has been reached.This is undoubtedly a very difficult situation for  the midwives affected and the women they care for.

16 January, 2017

RCM comments on the National Federation of Women’s Institutes (NFWI) and the National Childbirth Trust (NCT) latest maternity report: Support Overdue: Women’s experience of maternity services*.

‘The Welsh Government must prioritise maternity staff planning in order to ensure student midwife numbers continue to rise, so that the health service is Wales is able to adequately replace midwives who retire’.

That’s according to a new report published today (Tuesday January 17th) by the National Federation of Women’s Institutes (NFWI) and the National Childbirth Trust (NCT) entitled, Support Overdue: Women’s experience of maternity services*.

Highlighted also where ‘dangerously low staffing levels’ meaning that half of all women (50 percent) experienced at least one red flag event during pregnancy and according to The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), “red flag events” are signs that there may not be enough midwives available to give women and babies the care they need.

On delivering continuity of care the report revealed that over 80 per cent of women (88 %) had never before met any of the midwives who took care of during labour or birth.

16 January, 2017

Today the National Federation of Women’s Institutes (NFWI) and the NCT have published a report, saying that dangerously low staffing levels mean that half of women (50%) experience at least one red-flag event during childbirth.

13 January, 2017

Cathy Warwick the Chief Executive (CEO) of the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) will step down from the role to retire at the end of August 2017.

12 January, 2017

The Government has published its response to the consultation on ‘Changes to the Nursing and Midwifery Council governing legislation’. Among the changes that will happen are the removal of a statutory requirement for a NMC Midwifery Committee, and the removal of midwifery supervision. There are also changes to some of the fitness-to-practise processes.

10 January, 2017

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is working with The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) to improve the support available for midwives and maternity colleagues.

6 January, 2017

The Western Health and Social Care Trust (Western Trust) is delighted to be working with the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) to improve the support available for midwives and maternity colleagues.

4 January, 2017

UCLH (University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust) is working with the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) to improve the support available for midwives and maternity colleagues.

31 December, 2016

Cathy Warwick, the Chief Executive of the Royal College of Midwives has issued a wish list for maternity services in 2017.

Top of her list is a wish that midwives and maternity support workers are supported to deliver the highest quality maternity services for women and babies throughout the UK. She also stresses that to achieve this we need to successfully deliver on maternity services policy in all four countries.

Cathy also calls for a reduction in unnecessary poor outcomes, in inequalities in outcomes and on ensuring that every woman gets personalised care from a midwife, and if needed an obstetrician they know and trust.

Among her other hopes are Government commitments to end the midwifery shortage in England, a rethink of plans to remove bursaries for student midwives and fair pay for NHS staff.

21 December, 2016

                Omissions are ‘very disappointing’ says RCM as it publishes new report

Half of all new plans for the NHS across England do not mention or include very little detail about maternity services. These are the findings of new analysis published today by the Royal College of Midwives (RCM), of NHS Sustainability and Transformation Plans* (STP).

As part of the NHS’s Five Year Forward View organisations across England have been asked to put forward Sustainability and Transformation Plans* (STP) for the NHS in their area.

The RCM report lists all areas that have submitted STPs and where they have included or not, maternity services in the plans.

The RCM has analysed the 35 STPs out of 44 that have been published.  The RCM is concerned that - outside of London in particular - there is little or no reference to maternity transformation in so many STPs.

Areas including West Yorkshire, around Bristol and Kent, Cambridge and some parts of the Home Counties make no mention of maternity services in their plans.

Those who make passing references with little or no detail include Lancashire, Cheshire, Merseyside, Suffolk and Surrey Heartlands.

Some areas do include substantial information on their plans for maternity services. These include areas in the north east, Humberside, the west midlands and large parts of the south west. London in particular is leading the way on maternity with all the STPs for London including substantial detail about plans for maternity services.

The plans should include how they will meet and deliver the aims of the Governments National Maternity Review, Better Births, published earlier this year. Maternity services in England are meant to be embarking on a programme to transform their services in order to make them safer, more effective and more responsive to women’s needs.

19 December, 2016

Applications for midwifery, nursing degrees and other allied health university courses have fallen by over twenty percent in England.

The reported* shortfall in applications comes after the Government last year year announced plans to scrap NHS bursary in favour of loans for student midwives and nurses.

Some higher educational institutions have reported receiving almost fifty percent less applications compared with this time last year and shortfalls in applications were worse in London and the southeast, among mature candidates.

The research conducted by the higher educational body; Universities UK (UUK) and the report in the The Times this weekend  revealed that this years drop in applications for midwifery and nursing degrees is ‘twice that of other courses’.

15 December, 2016

New research published today in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (BJOG) suggests that assisted reproductive technology (ART) could be associated with an increased risk of severe postpartum haemorrhage (PPH), in particular amongst multiple pregnancies.

13 December, 2016

The latest inflation figures published by the Office for National Statistics today show Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation rising to 1.2% in November. Commenting, Jon Skewes, Director for Policy, Employment Relations and Communications at the Royal College of Midwives, said: “This rise highlights why the Government should desist from pressurising the NHS Pay Review Body to keep potential pay awards to NHS staff to a maximum of 1%.

9 December, 2016

Today the Welsh Government has announced that it will maintain bursaries for those electing to study an eligible health related programme, including midwifery. This arrangement is intended to be in place for the 2017/18 cohort only,  while a longer term support package is developed.