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5 July, 2018

 

‘Children of mothers who follow a healthy lifestyle have a substantially lower risk of developing obesity than children of mothers who don’t make healthy lifestyle choices’ that’s according to a new study published in the British Medical Journal(BMJ) today (July 5th).The findings show that risk was lowest among children whose mothers maintained a healthy weight, exercised regularly, did not smoke, ate a healthy diet, and were light to moderate drinkers.

The study has also highlighted the potential benefits of parent based strategies to curb childhood obesity.

5 July, 2018

The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) has today welcomed the announcement by Health Secretary, Vaughan Gething on a new pay offer for midwives, maternity support workers and all other NHS staff in Wales.

Just as the recent pay deal did in England the offer for staff in Wales means that staff will progress through the pay bands and reach the top of each band quicker, as the number of increments in each pay band will be reduced. Starting salaries will also increase.

The pay offer in Wales includes the following;

  • Investment in higher starting salaries for staff in every pay band by reforming the pay system to remove overlapping pay points.
  • A commitment to fair basic pay awards and faster pay  progression for the next three years to those staff who are not yet on the top of their pay band.
  • A guarantee of fair basic pay awards for the next three years to the staff who are at the top of pay bands.
  • The minimum basic pay rate in the NHS and the lowest starting NHS salary increases to £18,005 in 20/21.

 

5 July, 2018

The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) has today welcomed the announcement by Health Secretary, Vaughan Gething on a new pay offer for midwives, maternity support workers and all other NHS staff in Wales.

Just as the recent pay deal did in England the offer for staff in Wales means that staff will progress through the pay bands and reach the top of each band quicker, as the number of increments in each pay band will be reduced. Starting salaries will also increase.

The pay offer in Wales includes the following;

  • Investment in higher starting salaries for staff in every pay band by reforming the pay system to remove overlapping pay points.
  • A Commitment to fair basic pay awards and faster pay  progression for the next three years to those staff who are not yet on the top of their pay band.
  • A guarantee of fair basic pay awards for the next three years to the staff who are at the top of pay bands.
  • The minimum basic pay rate in the NHS and the lowest starting NHS salary increases to £18,005 in 20/21.

 

Responding to today’s announcement RCM’s Director for Wales, Helen Rogers said; “The RCM very much welcomes the Welsh Government’s announcement and offer of a much deserved pay increase for our members in Wales.

“This is a good deal for our members. Over the past number of months the RCM has worked hard with other NHS unions and the Welsh Government to negotiate and secure the best possible deal for midwives and maternity workers in Wales.

“Today’s offer is long overdue. Midwives and maternity support workers work tirelessly everyday to deliver safe high quality care to mothers and babies in Wales and it is only fair that they are rewarded fairly for the care they deliver.

“The RCM will now consult with our members in Wales, provide more information and encourage them to engage with the RCM on this important pay consultation process.”

 

To contact the RCM Media Relations Team call 020 7312 3456 or email media@rcm.org.uk.

 

 

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Notes to editors

The RCM is the only trade union and professional association dedicated to serving midwifery and the whole midwifery team. We provide workplace advice and support, professional and clinical guidance and information, and learning opportunities with our broad range of events, conferences and online resources. For more information visit the RCM website at https://www.rcm.org.uk/

 

 

 

3 July, 2018

Today NHS Digital has published statistics on smoking rates including smoking during pregnancy.  Just under 11% of pregnant women were known to be smokers at the time of delivery in 2017/18.  This is similar to the level recorded in 2016/17, but down from 16% in 2006/07.

28 June, 2018

Today the Welsh Health Secretary, Vaughan Gething has announced a change in the rules to allow women to take the second abortion pill at home.

26 June, 2018

The Royal College Midwives (RCM) has awarded Bournemouth midwife Dr. Susan Way with an RCM fellowship.

The RCM’s Fellowship scheme recognises individuals who provide exceptional leadership and deliver excellence in practice, education or research.

Dr. Way throughout her career has joined two of her early ambitious midwifery and education together and has spent over 30 years working in midwifery practice, education, research and regulation.

Susan spent eight years employed at the NMC working on a variety of projects including developing standards for midwifery education, practice and statutory supervision. She gained her PhD in 2007 at Bournemouth University and returned to working in education in 2009 taking up the role of Lead Midwife for Education.

Susan is already a senior fellow of the Higher Education Academy and associate professor.
Currently she enjoys supervising doctoral students  At Bournemouth University whose research is closely linked to practice, where they work two days a week clinically as part of a four-year full time clinical academic programme. Previously, Susan has chaired the LME UK Executive and the RCM Board.
 

26 June, 2018

A midwife from Hertfordshire has received a national award from the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) for her contribution to midwifery. Laura Abbott a senior midwifery lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire has received a prestigious RCM Fellowship. This is an honour given to just a handful of midwives each year.  Laura qualified as a nurse in 1993 and as a midwife in 2000.

26 June, 2018

 

A new tapestry panel created by the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) has been exhibited for the first time at the New Lanark World Heritage site in Scotland.

The tapestry panel which now forms part of the ‘Great Tapestry of Scotland’ was unveiled at a special ceremony last week and is currently being exhibited at New Lanark until the 1st July 2018 (10am-5pm).  

The RCM tapestry panel marks the Centenary of the Midwives Act (Scotland) 1915.  Over the course of 2015 the panel, supported by a group of expert midwife needle-workers  travelled the length and breadth of Scotland to enable midwives, maternity support workers, student midwives, professors, paediatricians,  anaesthetists, obstetricians, porters and domestic staff to put a stitch in a piece of history.  The final stitch was made by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, Patron of The Royal College of Midwives on the 2nd December 2016. This is the first time that the panel has been exhibited as part of the Great Tapestry of Scotland.

The RCM's tapestry panel has at its centre an image of a mother and baby wrapped in a traditional shawl supported by two midwives from the past and present day. Each corner holds an image considered to be of particular importance to midwives in Scotland. In the top left corner of the panel is a pomegranate, a symbol of fertility. It features in the crest of the Royal College of Midwives. In the top right corner is the Breath of Life rose which, along with other celebrations, marked the Centenary of the Royal College of Midwives in 1981.

 

25 June, 2018

A midwifery academic from Leicester has received a national honour from the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) for her contribution to midwifery education and practice. Jayne Marshall, the Foundation Professor of Midwifery at the University of Leicester has received a prestigious RCM Fellowship. This is an honour given to just a handful of midwives each year.

25 June, 2018

Today the Scottish Government has announced the details of an agreement on pay for NHS staff on the Agenda for Change pay scales. This includes midwives, maternity support workers, nurses and a number of other NHS professions. The Royal College of Midwives in Scotland (RCM) and the other Scottish health unions have finalised in principal a three year pay package for NHS staff with the Scottish Government. This includes midwives and maternity support workers on the NHS Agenda for Change (AfC) pay structure.

19 June, 2018

A midwife from London has received a national award from the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) for her contribution to midwifery. Annette Briley, a research midwife at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust has received a prestigious RCM Fellowship. This is an honour given to just a handful of midwives each year.

19 June, 2018

A midwife originally from Formby in Liverpool and one of the very first Consultant Midwives in the UK has received a national award from the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) for her contribution to midwifery. Professor Grace Edwards has received a prestigious RCM Fellowship. This is an honour given to just a handful of midwives each year.  Grace who is a Professor of Midwifery Education & Practice at the Aga Khan University’s School of Nursing and Midwifery in East Africa, has been a midwife for 41 years. She initially started her nurse training in 1974 and then trained as a midwife.

18 June, 2018

The Prime Minister Theresa May has announced a 3.4% average annual rise in NHS funding to 2023. Commenting on the announcement Gill Walton, Chief Executive and General Secretary of the Royal College of Midwives, said: “The Royal College of Midwives welcomes better funding for the NHS but questions whether the deal announced will be sufficient to meet rising demand and to improve services.

14 June, 2018

Today (Friday June 15th) the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) has responded to the MBRRACE- UK Perinatal Mortality Surveillance Report for births in 2016.

This, the fourth publication of the MBRRACE-UK perinatal mortality surveillance data for the UK, shows that the stillbirth rate associated with twin pregnancy in the UK has reduced by around 44% over the period 2014 to 2016. Rates of neonatal mortality associated with twin pregnancy have similarly reduced by a third.

According to the report, although the stillbirth and neonatal deaths rates overall are reducing over time, the reduction in these rates between 2013 and 2016 is around 6.5%.

14 June, 2018

Today (7pm Thursday, 14th June) research published by City, University of London in collaboration with UCL (University College London) and the NCT analysed over five million births over a 10 year period in England. The study has found that the time and day that women give birth can vary significantly depending on the onset of labour and the mode of giving birth.
 

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