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20 April, 2017

Maternity services at the Belfast’s Royal Jubilee Hospital (Health and Social Care Trust) have become the latest with trust with maternity services in Northern Ireland to commit to The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) Caring for You campaign.

19 April, 2017

Today, NHS England has published its Workforce Race Equality Standard 2016 report. The report finds that staff from a BME (black and minority ethnic) background are still significantly more likely to experience discrimination at work from colleagues and their managers.

19 April, 2017

Maternity services at the Southern Health and Social Care Trust have become the latest in Northern Ireland to commit to the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) Caring for You campaign.

18 April, 2017

Today the Prime Minister Theresa May has called for a general election on June 8th 2017.

7 April, 2017

Bullying and harassment of BME NHS staff is the focus of a Royal College of Midwives (RCM) motion at the TUC Black Workers’ Conference starting today. The RCM will also be supporting a motion by the union Prospect on the under-representation of BME groups. The Trade Union Congress (TUC) Black Workers Conference takes place in London from Friday 7th April to Sunday, 9th April 2017.

7 April, 2017

NHS Dumfries and Galloway is working with the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) to enhance the support available for midwives and maternity colleagues. The board’s maternity services have signed the RCM’s Caring for You Charter, which aims to improve the health, safety and wellbeing of maternity staff. This supports and enables them to continue providing the highest levels of maternity care for women and their families.

7 April, 2017

Bolton NHS Foundation Trust is working with the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) to improve the support available for midwives and maternity colleagues. The trust’s maternity services have signed-up to the RCM’s Caring for You Charter, which aims to improve the health, safety and wellbeing of maternity staff. This supports and enables them to continue providing the highest levels of maternity care for women and their families.

7 April, 2017

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has published findings exploring the progress and outcomes of black and minority ethnic (BME) nurses and midwives going through the fitness to practise (FTP) process. Key findings within the report show that BME nurses and midwives are more likely to be referred to the NMC than their white counterparts. Employers were the largest source of referrals and these referrals were most likely to progress through to the later stages of the FTP process.

4 April, 2017

Today The House of Lords Select Committee on the Long-term Sustainability of the NHS has published its report.  The report outlines the ‘short-sightedness’ of successive governments for failing to plan effectively for the long-term future of the health service and adult social care. 

31 March, 2017

The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) have today launched their latest online i-learn learning module for midwives, maternity support workers (MSWs) and student midwives developed in partnership with  Birthrights, the human rights in childbirth charity. 

The i-learn course; Human Rights and Maternity Care which is now available to all RCM members and is the latest module in a series of over 80 developed by the RCM’s education team.

The resource has been launched to coincide with the new model and framework of supervision for midwives in England A-EQUIP which comes into practice from April 1st.

The Human Rights and Maternity Care module includes learning focused on core human rights principles surrounding maternity care, legal obligations and tools and the positive effect human rights can have on midwives and a woman’s personal experience of pregnancy and childbirth.

The RCM i-learn courses provide learning at all levels and range from 10 minute updates through to more in-depth learning. They modules are supported by video and audio resources as well case studies and upon completion RCM members receive a certificate. 

Upcoming i-learn modules currently being developed by the RCM Education team include; Promoting Compassionate and Supportive Workplaces, Home Birth and Delivering Difficult News in Pregnancy.

31 March, 2017

NHS Improvement has today ‘delayed until further notice’ new rules on employing agency staff.

The new rules announced in February to prevent  trusts  using agency staff who were also employed by the NHS have now been postponed.

NHS Improvement have written to all trusts in England today to confirm that they will pause until further notice the new rules which where due to come into force from tomorrow (April 1st) .

30 March, 2017

Today NHS England has published the ‘Next Steps on the Five Year Forward View Plan’. This sets out what has been achieved by the NHS so far in the Five Year Forward View and lays out the next steps of the plan.

30 March, 2017

The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) have warmly welcomed plans to give free vitamins to all pregnant women in Scotland.

From this Saturday April 1st all pregnant women will now receive vitamins throughout their pregnancy.

The initiative will provide universal access to vitamins for all pregnant women irrespective of their financial and social circumstances.

28 March, 2017

The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) have responded to today’s announcement from the NHS Pay Review Body on pay proposals for 2017/18.

Commenting Jon Skewes, Director for Policy, Employment Relations and Communications at the RCM said; “It is extremely disappointing that the Government is continuing with its disastrous policy of pay restraint for a seventh year. While we welcome that both the Scottish and Welsh Governments will give a slightly higher award to lower paid staff we want to see an inflationary increase given to all staff. As a result of below-inflation increases for the past seven years midwives have seen their pay drop in value by over £6,000 since 2010; it is unsustainable for this to continue. This month saw CPI inflation climb to 2.3% and RPI inflation to 3.2%, while both are set to rise even further this is significantly above the 1% pay award announced today. This effectively results in a pay cut for midwives and other frontline clinical staff.

24 March, 2017

The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) have responded to today’s announcement from the Scottish Government on NHS pay for 2017/18.

Commenting Jon Skewes, Director for Policy, Employment Relations and Communications at the RCM said; “It is extremely disappointing that the Scottish Government is continuing with the policy of pay restraint for a seventh year. While we welcome the above 1% increase for lower paid staff we were calling for the NHS Pay Review Body to break with pay restraint and give an inflationary increase to all staff. Because of below-inflation increases for the past seven years midwives have seen their pay drop in value by over £6,000 since 2010 and it is unsustainable for this to continue.

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