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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.

21 September, 2018

Research published today by the University of Edinburgh has found that babies born before their due date show better brain development when fed breast milk rather than formula.

20 September, 2018

Figures released today from the Labour party say that 85% of councils are reducing public health budgets this year as cuts hit services.

17 September, 2018

Today research published in Diabetologia (the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes showing that if a woman gains either too much or too little weight during pregnancy, there are adverse effects in children at 7 years of age.

17 September, 2018

Midwives and maternity support worker members of the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) in Wales have accepted the negotiated proposals for NHS staff on the Agenda for Chang pay scale.

11 September, 2018

Scotland is seeing increasing obesity levels and age of mothers in pregnancy and a big rise in midwifery vacancies.  This means demands on Scottish maternity services are increasing says the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) in Scotland in a new report out today.

11 September, 2018

The number of NHS midwives in England rose by just 67 in the last year, despite universities turning out over 2,000 newly-trained staff, according to the latest State of Maternity Services Report published today by the Royal College of Midwives (RCM).

9 September, 2018

Today the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock announced  that health and care staff will be part of a health and social care conversation, as a new national engagement exercise is launched.

7 September, 2018

A motion which includes calling for a public vote on the final Brexit deal is being put forward by the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) and other unions at the TUC Congress starting today. The TUC Congress runs from the 9th -12th September in Manchester.

28 August, 2018

New research published today (Tuesday 28th August) by the Labour Party shows that nearly half of England’s maternity units closed to new mothers at some point in 2017.


20 August, 2018

Birthrights has today (Tuesday 20th August) published the results of a Freedom of Information (FOI) request on maternal request for caesarean section.




17 August, 2018

Midwives and maternity support worker members of the Royal College of Midwives in Scotland (RCM) accepted the negotiated proposals for NHS staff on the Agenda for Change staff pay.

In June the RCM in Scotland and the other Scottish health unions negotiated a three year pay package alongside reforms to AFC pay scales for NHS staff with the Scottish Government.

The RCM’s member elected Board then backed this pay deal and recommended that members in Scotland accepted it.

Today’s acceptance announcement follows a consultation with Scottish members of the RCM which closed at midnight on Tuesday.

A large majority (95%) of respondents voted to accept the negotiated set of proposals for staff in the NHS in Scotland.

The deal means that the value of the top pay point of Bands 1 to 8C will increase by 9% cumulatively over three years from 2018-19 to 2020-21. Additionally, existing pay bands will be restructured and the number of pay points in each will be reduced, meaning that staff currently below the top of their band will see quicker pay progression to the top.

Commenting on the result, Emma Currer, the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) Scotland Lead Negotiator, said: “The RCM is pleased that our members have accepted this pay offer. It means that midwives, maternity support workers and other hardworking NHS staff in Scotland can finally begin to recoup the losses they incurred after years of pay freezes, pay stagnation and uplifts well below inflation.