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27 July, 2017

Today the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) and The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) has published a joint Consensus Statement on Electronic Fetal Monitoring (EFM).

The statement lays out the RCMs and RCOGs position on EFM and outlines the current guidelines and recommendations around it.

The official evidence based guidance* around EFM says that it is not routinely recommended for healthy women at low risk of complications in established labour. The fetal heart rate is instead measured intermittently during established labour using a handheld monitor.

EFM is most commonly recommended where there are complications, such as where a baby is compromised through poor placental function and the baby is growth restricted.

One of the key messages in the statement is that the results of EFM are often difficult to interpret and should not be used alone to make clinical decisions. Referencing the RCOG Each Baby Counts report, the statement says that key management decisions during labour should take into account a number of relevant factors. These include the mother’s history, stage and progress in labour, any antenatal risk factors and any other signs the baby may not be coping with labour. EFM is one part of an often more complex picture.

The report also recognises the importance of the ‘fresh eyes’ ** approach to EFM, whereby a midwife or obstetrician regularly reviews a fetal heart trace with a colleague. This is now accepted good practice and helps to reduce the chances of misinterpreting fetal heart trace results. The ‘fresh eyes’ approach is used when a decision has been made for a woman in labour to have continuous EFM.

27 July, 2017

 

A report* released today by Audit Scotland has said that Scotland’s government and health boards have failed to plan effectively for long-term staffing challenges.

The report, by Auditor General Caroline Gardner, said ‘it was vital that the government and NHS bosses plan more effectively for the future’.

 

26 July, 2017

The Supreme Court today has ruled that workplace tribunal fees are unlawful.

The Government will now have to repay thousands of workers who had paid for cases surrounding discrimination, unfair dismissal and other work place issues.

The trade union Unison took the case to the Supreme Court on behalf of not only their members, but all workers.

25 July, 2017

New figures have revealed today that the average midwifery and nursing role advertised in the NHS is only drawing three applications.

Experimental statistics from NHS Digital show that there were 30,613 advertisements for vacancies for full-time positions published in England in March 2017 - a rise from 26,424 in 2016 and 26,406 in 2015.

21 July, 2017

A call has gone out from the Royal College of Midwives in Northern Ireland for midwives and mothers from all over Ireland to share their pregnancy and birth memories for the 100th anniversary of the Midwives (Ireland) Act in 2018. The call to mothers and midwives in Ireland comes as the RCM in Northern Ireland prepares a series of events in 2018 to celebrate 100 years of the Midwives (Ireland) Act.  The RCM will be organising a number of events, some of them in collaboration with their colleagues in the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO).

20 July, 2017

Today  The Point of Care Foundation has published a new briefing - Behind Closed Doors - , highlighting that NHS staff have become the shock absorbers of an NHS under chronic strainThe Point of Care Foundation argues that the hard truths learned through the Francis Inquiry are in danger of being forgotten in the light of unprecedented, continuing, and seemingly endless service pressures. They call on organisations to prioritise staff experience and to strengthen efforts to protect staff from stress and burnout.

18 July, 2017

 

Today (Wednesday 19th of July) The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) has published a new report entitled; Every mother must get the help they need*.

The report is inspired by Lucie Holland’s 2015 Change.org petition. Lucie Holland’s sister died in tragic circumstances as a result of a devastating mental illness.  Lucie subsequently set up a Change.org petition in 2015 about the urgent need for better awareness and care for those affected by perinatal mental illness. This petition went viral with thousands of signatures, and many people left heartfelt comments about their own experiences.

The RCM and its partners have analysed and collated all the comments to form the report which will be launched and discussed at a Perinatal Mental Health roundtable event hosted by the RCM in London later today. The roundtable discussion will be  chaired by Professor Lesley Regan from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG).

18 July, 2017

A report on the training needs of the maternity workforce related to tackling smoking in pregnancy has been published today by Action on Smoking and Health (ASH). The report provides an analysis of the training that midwives and obstetricians receive to address smoking in pregnant women, and what further training is needed.

12 July, 2017

The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) has today launched its ‘Fair Pay Overdue’ campaign. This calls on the Government to end pay restraint in the NHS and commit to fully fund a pay rise for midwives, maternity support workers and other NHS staff. The launch comes as the RCM’s Activists Conference takes place in Bristol today (Thursday, 13th July 2017).

12 July, 2017

The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) has today launched its ‘Fair Pay Overdue’ campaign. This calls on the Government to end pay restraint in the NHS and commit to fully fund a pay rise for midwives, maternity support workers and other NHS staff. The launch comes as the RCM’s Activists Conference takes place in Bristol today (Thursday, 13th July 2017).

12 July, 2017

Research by the Scottish Conservatives published today shows that bonuses were paid to thousands of leading NHS consultants last year, averaging more than £15,000 per head. The statistics – obtained through Freedom of Information – show £43,038,750 was paid to 2858 recipients in the last 12 months.

7 July, 2017

‘The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) was advised yesterday by concerned RCM midwife members from the Dr Gray’s unit on the proposed changes to maternity services in the Moray area.

7 July, 2017

Today Cardiff University has published research which found that peer support for breastfeeding mothers is not available in many areas of the UK. Peer support was only available in 56% of NHS Trust/NHS Health Board areas. The research is published in the journal Maternal and Child Nutrition. Commenting on the research Sarah Fox, Professional Policy Advisor at the Royal College of Midwives, said: “The UK still lags often significantly behind many other European countries on breastfeeding rates. This is not good enough.

4 July, 2017

Today (Tuesday July 4th) The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) has joined other NHS trade unions to discuss the public sector pay crisis.

The RCM along with many other unions have voiced serious concerns about the Government’s failure to confirm that it will allow the Pay Review Body (PRB) without interference to fully fund the recommendations.

All NHS unions have agreed that another year of pay restraint for midwives and all other healthcare professionals is unfair and will cause lasting damage to the NHS workforce and the patients they care for.

4 July, 2017

Today NHS Digital has published statistics on female genital mutilation (FGM) in England. The report ‘Female Genital Mutilation Annual Report 2016/17’ covers the year from April 2016 to March 2017.

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