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16 April, 2018

Today The Lancet has published a New Series that calls for greater awareness of preconception health and improved guidance, with greater focus on diet and nutrition. It says that parents’ diets and health can have profound implications for the growth, development, and long-term health of their children before their conception.

13 April, 2018

Members of the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) including midwives, maternity support workers (MSWs) and student midwives from across the UK are preparing to celebrate International Day of the Midwife (IDM) on May 5th in style.

The theme for this year’s celebration is ‘Midwives leading the way with quality care’ and the RCM is supporting RCM branches and midwifery societies to hold events and activities to mark this special global day of midwifery celebration.

In Sheffield up to 90 midwives have planned a ‘Call the midwife’ themed  bike ride and will cycle a four mile route to help raise ten thousand pounds to fund three new birthing pools at the Jessop Wing maternity unit.  To support this event, midwifery students from Sheffield Hallam University have organised a refreshment stop halfway round the route. 

Other IDM activities and events registered so far include everything from Caring For You tea parties to trolley dashes, study days, and a netball and networking event to name just a few

Also, returning again this year is the RCM’s hugely popular competition for members The Great Midwifery Cake Off* which is a chance for any members who have a flair for baking to get creative and bake their own midwifery inspired cake.

 

5 April, 2018

There has been a 35 percent (35%) drop in the number of applicants to midwifery courses since 2013, that’s according to the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) who have analysed the latest UCAS data on applications to midwifery courses in England.

The number of students applying to midwifery courses in England has fallen steadily every year since 2013 which has resulted in a total of 35 percent fewer applicants for midwifery courses than there were in 2013.

The biggest drop in the number midwifery applicants since 2013 has come from those aged 21 or over. In 2013, over 12,000 people aged over 21 applied for a midwifery course in England.  By 2017 that figures was only 6,700, a decrease of 45 percent (45%)

28 March, 2018

New Royal College of Midwives (RCM) guidance for midwives on supporting survivors of domestic abuse to vote safely is published today. The guidance will help midwives to support survivors of domestic abuse to remain anonymous on the electoral role to keep them safe from harm.

24 March, 2018

Today the Government has announced a range of measures for England’s maternity services. Commenting on the announcement, Gill Walton, Chief Executive and General Secretary of the Royal College of Midwives (RCM), said: “This is very long overdue acknowledgement by the Government that England’s maternity services need more midwives. The RCM has been campaigning to get successive governments to eradicate the midwife shortage for well over a decade. This is recognition that this Government have been listening to us.

23 March, 2018

Yesterday (22nd March) Sarah-Jane Marsh, chair of the Maternity Transformation Programme, NHS England, speaking at the Westminster Health Forum Keynote Seminar in London, said; ‘We simply do not have enough midwives for the job we are trying to do.' She also said: 'I don't think we've got sufficient midwives, I don't think we've trained enough midwives. We've made that point and I think that it's been accepted, and now we need to work through how we do those increases.'

21 March, 2018

Today the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) and the other health unions have agreed in principal a three year pay package with the Government for NHS staff. This includes midwives and maternity support workers on the NHS Agenda for Change (AfC) pay structure.* The deal means many staff will see overall pay increases of 9% to 29% over three years.  Pay for those already on the top point of each pay bands will see their pay rise by at least 6.5% over three years. As an example percentage increases for those below the top point of AfC band 6 range from 24.89% at the bottom of the band to 11.78% at the existing penultimate point after 3 years. This is the band comprising the greatest number of midwives.

18 March, 2018

The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) are committed to speaking with one voice on maternity safety and are united in their goal that every woman should have a good birth, with the best possible experience and outcomes for mother and her baby. They share a vision for a modern maternity team whose common purpose is supporting best practice, mutually respectful relationships, strong leadership and placing the woman’s voice and need at the centre of her care.

Multi-professional working plays a vital role in the provision of high quality care for mothers and their babies. The RCOG and RCM both recognise this to be a key component in the delivery of safe maternity care and emphasise the importance of respectful team working to build a supportive workplace culture.

The RCM and RCOG continue to work together with midwives and obstetricians, providers, health leaders, policy makers and commissioners, on both a national and local level, to ensure services are fit for purpose and able to meet the needs of women today and in the future.

 

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The RCM’s Labour Leaders Programme ‘Working Together for Safer Care is an interactive workshop aimed at multidisciplinary maternity teams. It was designed and delivered collaboratively by the RCM and RCOG. 

The RCOG’s national clinical programme, ‘Each Baby Counts, aims to reduce the number of babies who die or are left severely disabled as a result of incidents occurring during term labour. In its latest report, it shows that communication between teams is a crucial factor in ensuring patient safety. Its recommendations are aimed at doctors and midwives working in maternity units across the UK and calls for work to address factors affecting team working and communication

 

 

16 March, 2018

The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) is calling all midwives, maternity support workers (MSWs) and student midwives to get involved and celebrate this year’s International Day of the Midwife (IDM) 2018.

IDM was first launched by the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) in 1992 and annually May 5th is the internationally recognised day for highlighting the work of midwives here in the UK and across the world.

The theme for this year’s celebration is ‘Midwives leading the way with quality care’ and the RCM is encouraging all local RCM branches and midwifery societies right across the UK to hold events in support of IDM 2018.

The RCM is running two competitions for members this year. The first being an event competition and in this category prizes will be awarded to those who submit the best photograph of their event regardless of the size. The RCM will be awarding thirteen prizes of £500 for those who enter and win the best event photograph competition.

The second competition is the hugely popular The Great Midwifery Cake Off which is returning again this year and is a chance for any members who have a flair for baking to get creative and bake their own midwifery inspired cake.

16 March, 2018

A midwife from Derby has won one of the UK’s top midwifery awards for her project to support newly qualified midwives at the trust. Kristen Goodall has scooped the JOHNSON’S® Excellence in Midwifery Education, Learning and Research Award at the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) Annual Awards.

14 March, 2018

The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) has today responded to a new report on infant mortality published by the Office of National Statistics (ONS).

Commenting, Gill Walton Chief Executive at the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) said; “Any increase is a real concern and we must see more steps taken to reverse this.

“The regional variations in rates are worrying. Trusts and regions must look to other areas where there are improvements being made to see why they are not doing as well, and to learn from those areas so that the regional variations are lessened.

14 March, 2018

Excessive workloads and lack of resources are leading to burn-out and high stress levels in midwives and other maternity staff according to a new survey from the Royal College of Midwives (RCM). The survey is part of the RCM’s Caring for You campaign and follows a similar survey by the RCM in 2016.

14 March, 2018

A midwife from NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde has won one of the UK’s top midwifery prizes at the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) Annual Awards last week. Lisa Allan is a joint winner of the RCM Members’ Champion Award sponsored by Thompsons Solicitors, for her work as a RCM union representative-

14 March, 2018

Two midwives from Glasgow have won one of the UK’s top midwifery awards for their project to keep mothers and their babies together after birth. Mary Hannaway and Rhona Wilson have scooped the JOHNSON’S® Award for Excellence in Maternity Care at the Royal College of Midwives (RCM)  Annual Awards.

13 March, 2018

A health and social care partnership programme to help expectant mothers has scooped first place in a national award. Melissa Simpson, the Doncaster Children’s Services Trust lead on the multi-agency Pregnancy Liaison Meeting (PLM) team and the scheme’s founder, and  Debbie Rees-Pollard, midwife at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals, scooped the Partnership Working award sponsored by Slimming World at the Royal College of Midwives 2018 awards.

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