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28 March, 2017

The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) have responded to today’s announcement from the NHS Pay Review Body on pay proposals for 2017/18.

Commenting Jon Skewes, Director for Policy, Employment Relations and Communications at the RCM said; “It is extremely disappointing that the Government is continuing with its disastrous policy of pay restraint for a seventh year. While we welcome that both the Scottish and Welsh Governments will give a slightly higher award to lower paid staff we want to see an inflationary increase given to all staff. As a result of below-inflation increases for the past seven years midwives have seen their pay drop in value by over £6,000 since 2010; it is unsustainable for this to continue. This month saw CPI inflation climb to 2.3% and RPI inflation to 3.2%, while both are set to rise even further this is significantly above the 1% pay award announced today. This effectively results in a pay cut for midwives and other frontline clinical staff.

24 March, 2017

The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) have responded to today’s announcement from the Scottish Government on NHS pay for 2017/18.

Commenting Jon Skewes, Director for Policy, Employment Relations and Communications at the RCM said; “It is extremely disappointing that the Scottish Government is continuing with the policy of pay restraint for a seventh year. While we welcome the above 1% increase for lower paid staff we were calling for the NHS Pay Review Body to break with pay restraint and give an inflationary increase to all staff. Because of below-inflation increases for the past seven years midwives have seen their pay drop in value by over £6,000 since 2010 and it is unsustainable for this to continue.

24 March, 2017

Midwives and maternity support workers across the UK are being asked to join in the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) Pedometer Challenge in April 2017. The RCM is asking staff in RCM branches on maternity units across the UK to organise a team to see which unit walks the furthest over two weeks from 18th April – 2nd May 2017. The winning RCM branch will receive £100 to spend on a staff wellbeing initiative.

24 March, 2017

Maternity services at Lanarkshire Health board have become the latest NHS maternity service in Scotland to sign up to the Royal College of Midwives (RCMs) Caring for You campaign.

The campaign was launched as a direct response to the needs of overworked midwives right across the UK and has a strong focus on health and wellbeing.

The ethos being that if midwives, MSW’s and all maternity workers are allocated and take time to improve their health and well being, they in turn will be able to provide better care for women, their babies and families.

To date the campaign has proved to be a huge success for the UK’s largest trade union for midwives with over 60 per-cent of trusts and health boards with maternity services committing to the campaigns charter.

Signing the Charter means the trust will commit to working with the RCM’s health and safety representatives as well as committing to five key principles; 

23 March, 2017

Today the Office for National Statistics has published figures showing that conception rates in England and Wales, for women aged under 18, declined by 8% in 2015. Conception rates for women aged 30 and over have increased by 34%. Commenting on the statistics, Cathy Warwick, Chief Executive of the Royal College of Midwives, said: “These are welcome falls in the conception rates among teenagers, and this shows that strategies to reduce teenage pregnancies are having some effect.

22 March, 2017

Start4Life, Public Health England’s (PHE) programme that helps parents-to-be and parents to adopt healthy behaviours, has launched a new interactive Breastfeeding Friend (BFF) ChatBot.

The BFF is accessed through Facebook messenger and provides personal support for mothers at any time of the day or night to help make breastfeeding a better experience. The BFF will also dispel breastfeeding myths and help alleviate concerns mums have.

The ChatBot works as a live chat tool which is able to respond to questions about breastfeeding posed by the user.

22 March, 2017

NHS Tayside has joined the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) campaign to support midwives and maternity colleagues with their health, safety and wellbeing. The Board’s maternity service has signed the RCM’s Caring for You Charter which aims to improve the health, safety and wellbeing of maternity staff. The Charter supports and enables staff to continue providing the highest levels of maternity care for women and their families across Tayside.

20 March, 2017

NHS Forth Valley is working with the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) to enhance the support available for midwives and maternity colleagues. The board’s maternity services have signed the RCM’s Caring for You Charter, which aims to improve the health, safety and wellbeing of maternity staff. This supports and enables them to continue providing the highest levels of maternity care for women and their families.

16 March, 2017

A team of midwives and maternity support workers (MSWs) from Sussex have received one of the UK’s top midwifery awards at the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) Annual Midwifery Awards 2017.

The Lansinoh Team of the Year Award was presented to midwives Kelly Pierce and Claire Parr who accepted the prestigious accolade on behalf of the maternity team at Western Sussex Hospital NHS foundation Trust.

Their public health project ‘Always stepping it up’ was devised to help to improve services for women and their families particularly those with additional needs or vulnerabilities. The public health team includes midwives and MSWs working within the areas of screening, fetal medicine, safeguarding, practice development, weight management, and counselling, smoking, perinatal mental health, alcohol and substance misuse, infant feeding and specifically led by a Public Health lead.

Midwives Kelly and Claire accepted their award on behalf of their team at the RCM’s Annual Midwifery Awards at a ceremony in The Brewery, London on  Tuesday March 7th 2017.  The ceremony was hosted by BBC journalist and broadcaster Natasha Kaplinsky.

15 March, 2017

New analysis from the Resolution Foundation funded by the Nuffield Foundation, shows that a decline has  begun in public sector pay and is set to continue until at least 2019.

14 March, 2017

A ‘gathering storm’ of forces is threatening the safety, quality and sustainability of maternity services in England. The claim comes in a new report from the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) that shows the forces driving up demand and increasing pressure on England’s maternity services.

10 March, 2017

Today The Lullaby Trust has published a survey of parents which found that over 55% of parents are unsure of the basic steps they can take to lower the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). The survey of 500 parents with children aged 0-2 years, found that while most are aware of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) there is confusion around one of the most fundamental steps to reduce the risk of SIDS: sleeping a baby on its back for every sleep.

10 March, 2017

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) 2017.

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, Mother and Families and the RCM is encouraging all local RCM branches and midwifery societies to hold events in support of IDM 2017.

The RCM is also running two competitions for members who host any event regardless of the size. There are prizes on offer for each of the ten regions in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales for those who submit the best photograph of their event.

The second competition ‘The Great Midwifery Cake Off’ is returning and is a chance for members who have a flair for baking to get creative. 

RCM’s President Lesley Page and Chief Executive Cathy Warwick along with more RCM staff will be out and about visiting events organised by RCM members on Friday May 5th. So if you are hosting an event send the details to idm.events@rcm.org.uk.

For more information and support on how to get organising your RCM IDM 2017 event all the details and materials you may need are available here: https://www.rcm.org.uk/international-day-of-the-midwife-2017

10 March, 2017

A Midwife from Cardiff and Vale University Health Board and NSPCC Wales together with BAWSO have won one of the UK’s top midwifery prizes at the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) Annual Midwifery Awards. Midwife Karen Jewell and Ruth Mullineux from NSPCC won the Slimming World Award for Partnership Working on a project to tackle and raise awareness of female genital mutilation (FGM) with young people in Wales.

10 March, 2017

A student midwife from King’s College London has won a national award at the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) Annual Midwifery Awards. Katharine ‘Siobhan’ Pearson is a student midwife at the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery. She picked up the JOHNSON’S® Student Midwife Award at a ceremony in London on 7th March 2017.

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