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18 October, 2018

Today the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) have relaunched an i-learn module on continuity of carer, to support members in developing their understanding. The relaunched module now includes a new animation which helps to explain some approaches to on calls in a continuity team.

The online learning resource was commissioned by NHS England and aims to help midwives and maternity support workers (MSWs) develop a better understanding about continuity of carer in midwifery and the significant benefits this has for women and their babies receiving midwifery care.

The Better Births National Maternity Review for England and The Best Start review in Scotland recommend that continuity of carer be used as the central model of care in both countries.

To support RCM members to better understand the importance of this model of care the RCM saw an urgent need to develop a learning resource that would answer a host of important questions.

Questions explored in the RCM’s new i-learn module of midwifery continuity of carer include; 

  • What is the evidence that continuity improves outcomes?
  • What is the proposed model of care?
  • What would the working week of a continuity midwife look like?
  •  What do we need to have in place to make continuity work for midwives and women?

Today the RCM also hosted a webinar with the authors of the module Professor Jacqui Dunkley-Bent Head of Maternity, Children and Young People at NHS England and the module authors RCM’s Dr Mary Ross-Davie Director for Scotland and Lia Brigante, Practice and Standards Advisor to relaunch the module.

In addition to this online learning resource the RCM has for the past year been hosting a series of ‘continuity of carer’ workshops across the UK for its members. 

15 October, 2018


Media reports today say that the Government has said it will introduce the mandatory fortification of flour with folic acid to help prevent neural tube defects such as spina bifida. This will bring the UK in line with over many other countries including the United States and Canada, that have mandatory fortification of flour with folic acid.

13 October, 2018

Members of NCT have today (Saturday 13th October) voted at their AGM to amend the charity’s articles enabling the transfer of ownership of the Midwives Information and Resource Service (MIDIRS) to the Royal College of Midwives (RCM).

MIDIRS is a service established by midwives for midwives, providing much-valued information, research and guidance to support their work. Transferring MIDIRS from NCT to the RCM will place it at the heart of the midwifery community.


11 October, 2018

Today, research published in The Lancet shows that globally, the number of babies born through caesarean section almost doubled between 2000 and 2015 – from 12% to 21% of all births.  The authors found that the global increases in caesarean section use are attributed both to more births taking place in health institutions and to greater frequency of intervention through caesarean section in health facilities.

10 October, 2018

Today the Care Quality Commission has published its State of Care report.  On maternity the report says that nearly half all maternity and gynaecology services, and over a third of maternity services inspected under their new methodology need to improve.

9 October, 2018

A historic bill is today (October 8th) being launched in Parliament to decriminalise abortion in Northern Ireland.

A group of women from Northern Ireland who have been affected by the near-total ban on abortion in the country have publically described the pain and distress caused by the current law, and called on MPs to back moves for reform as a cross-party bill to decriminalise abortion is launched in parliament.

A video released today features a young Northern Irish woman, Emma, 18, telling MPs that abortion “is not a devolved issue” while 28 weeks pregnant with a baby with a fatal foetal anomaly. She was denied an abortion in Northern Ireland and felt unable to travel for treatment in England.

9 October, 2018

Today the First Minister of Scotland has announced an increase in bursaries for student midwives and nurses, something the RCM in Scotland has been lobbying for. In England, student midwives and nurses do not get a bursary and have to pay their own tuition fees.

9 October, 2018

Today the First Minister of Scotland has announced an increase in bursaries for student midwives and nurses. Commenting, Mary Ross-Davie, Director for Scotland at the Royal College of Midwives (RCM), said: “This is great news and a forward thinking and important announcement. It is crucial that we attract people into midwifery, from all walks of life, to ensure that we not only replace those midwives that will retire, but also that we attract the very best people into the profession. This will go a long, long way to ensuring that this happens.  

9 October, 2018

The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) welcomes the announcement by the Cabinet Secretary for health at the Scottish National Party (SNP) conference yesterday with regard to the introduction of experienced professional practice advisors.

Commenting, Dr. Mary Ross Davie The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) Director for Scotland said; “We really welcome the Scottish Government’s response to the concerns we have raised about the loss of experience and the need to increase the level of support to newly qualified midwives as they make the transition from being students.

5 October, 2018

A board game to support midwives and maternity services to move towards more continuity of care and carer is being launched today at the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) Annual Conference. Continuity of care and carer is a key element of the Better Births National Maternity Review for England. The Best Start review in Scotland also recommends that continuity of carer be used as the central model of care.

4 October, 2018

Leadership is the focus of a series of new initiatives launched today by the Royal College of Midwives today as its annual conference begins in Manchester.

Starting in 2019 the RCM is embarking on a three year programme to promote leadership and nurture and develop it in midwives, student midwives and maternity support workers (MSW).

Among the first set of initiatives is the appointment of a new Director of Leadership for the RCM. There will also be a new RCM leadership development programme. This will include leadership workshops and bespoke workshops for MSWs, early career midwives, labour ward co-ordinators and labour ward leaders, and for more senior midwives.

There will also be new leadership learning modules on the RCM’s i-learn platform to support the ongoing workshops and courses, with more to be added during 2019.

4 October, 2018

‘Midwives trained to recognise domestic abuse and support women, were sometimes not recognising that they themselves are victims of domestic abuse says RCM’

Midwives, maternity support workers, nurses and healthcare assistants are reported to be three times more likely to have experienced domestic abuse in the last year than the average citizen within the United Kingdom.1

 Today (Thursday October 4th) The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) has launched a report entitledSafe Places? Workplace Support for those Experiencing Domestic Abuse’ at its Annual Conference in Manchester Central.

28 September, 2018

The Royal College of Midwives welcomes the publication of this important cluster randomised trial today in the Lancet.  The AFFIRM trial has aimed to explore how we can reduce the number of stillbirths. Reducing stillbirths is a vital goal that the RCM fully supports – any stillbirth is an absolute tragedy for any family.

25 September, 2018

A midwife from Belfast has been appointed as the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) new Director for Northern Ireland. Karen Murray – who started the job last week - moved into the role from her previous position as Senior Professional Officer at the Northern Ireland Practice and Education Council for Nursing and Midwifery (NIPEC). Karen replaces previous Director Breedagh Hughes who retired in July this year.

21 September, 2018

Support for a People’s Vote on Brexit and a challenge to Labour on NHS spending are the key messages from the Royal College of Midwives Chief Executive and General Secretary Gill Walton in  speeches to be made at two Labour Party Conference fringe events.