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4 May, 2017

A survey released today by UK parenting website Mumsnet has revealed a variety of problems with healthcare for women who have just had babies.

The survey results which include women’s opinions of postnatal care has been launched to coincide with a new campaign to improve postnatal care, reveals major problems with healthcare for women who have just had babies.

The survey of more than 1200 women who’ve given birth in the UK in the last three years shows that among those who stayed in hospital after giving birth, many reported that it was sometimes difficult to access food, pain relief, drinking water and washing facilities.

3 May, 2017

Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust has become the latest trust with maternity services in London to sign RCM’s Caring For You Charter.

The Charter aims to improve services for women and babies by improving the wellbeing of staff, and is one of the cornerstones of the RCM Caring for You campaign

Launched in June 2016, the RCM Caring for You campaign is encouraging all trusts across the UK to sign up to its campaign Charter.

Signing the Charter means trusts commit to working with the RCM’s health and safety representatives to improve the health, safety and wellbeing at work of  midwives, student midwives and maternity support workers. They in turn will be able to provide even better care for women, babies and their families.

2 May, 2017

Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust is working with the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) to enhance the support available for midwives and maternity colleagues. The Trust’s maternity service has 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.

28 April, 2017

A new model of clinical supervision for midwives in Wales was launched today (Friday April 28th) by Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) Professor Jean White.

Speaking at an event in Cardiff the CNO today announced the introduction of a new employer-led model of clinical supervision for midwives in Wales.

The aim of the new model is to provide support and advice to midwives in Wales giving opportunities for learning and improved practice to provide support to women in choices of care.

27 April, 2017

Survey of midwife lecturers shows many on verge of leaving

There are fears that England’s midwifery shortage will worsen as a new Royal College of Midwives (RCM) survey shows large numbers of midwifery lecturers are planning to leave their jobs.

The RCM surveyed midwifery lecturers in over sixty universities across the UK as part of its Caring for You campaign. Over a third (37%) said they want to leave their organisation in the next two years. This is a real concern as there is a pressing need to train more student midwives to replace those leaving the profession.  This will not be possible without the right number of midwife teachers in our universities, which are already at levels lower than needed.

The survey also showed a similar number of midwife lecturers (35%) saying they have to work 10 or more hours extra unpaid every week.  A worryingly large number (84%) agreed or strongly agreed with the statement ‘I can only get my work done if I work beyond my contracted hours’.

Midwives working in education are facing excessive workloads, particularly around paperwork and administration. There are also additional pressures to publish research and gain extra qualifications without adequate time to complete them.

England is already suffering a serious midwife shortage with the country 3500 midwives short of the numbers needed. RCM research has also shown that England and the other UK countries have an ageing midwifery workforce with many midwives nearing retirement.* Also, many midwives are saying the pressures of their job are forcing them to consider leaving the profession. **

27 April, 2017

Major conference in Cardiff focuses on mental health in pregnancy

The mental health needs of women in Wales around pregnancy are the focus of a major conference this week in Cardiff. It is aiming to highlight the importance of maternal mental health and the impact that poor mental health can have on women and their families. There will be a focus on the best way for health professionals to improve care for women and their families.

The conference at City Hall in Cardiff on Thursday, 27th April 2017is jointly organised by the Royal College of Midwives (RCM), 1000 Lives Improvement and Public Health Wales.

Among the key speakers is Cardiff mother and charity founder Laura Jane Dernie. Laura suffered with depression during and after both of her pregnancies and fully believes that talking about mental health can save lives. Laura founded the charity My Discombobulated Brain. This aims to tackle the stigma associated with mental health and offers support and education to those who are affected by these issues

Vaughan Gething the Welsh Government Cabinet Secretary for Health, Well-being and Sport will also be speaking at the event. He will be outlining the progress the NHS in Wales is making following thee Welsh Government’s £1.5 million investment in perinatal mental health services. Over 200 delegates are expected including midwives, psychiatrists and other health professionals, all of whom work together to deliver mental health services in Wales.

Other speakers include Karen Jewell, Nursing Officer for Maternity and Early Years in the Welsh Government and Jenny Burns, Perinatal Mental Health Project Manager for Two in Mind and Senior Occupational Therapist at Mind Cymru.

26 April, 2017

Today (22.00 Tuesday, 25th April, 2017) the Labour Party announced a three point election guarantee for NHS staff to be outlined tomorrow in a speech by Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary. These include pay increased to a sustainable level which reflects the complexity of the work carried out; safe staffing levels put into law; reintroduce bursaries for student midwives and nurses.

25 April, 2017

All of Northern Ireland’s maternity services have now signed up to the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) Caring for You Charter. This makes it the first UK country to have a 100% sign-up. Across the UK over half of maternity services in hospital trusts and boards have signed the Charter.

20 April, 2017

Maternity services at the Belfast’s Royal Jubilee Hospital (Health and Social Care Trust) have become the latest with trust with maternity services in Northern Ireland to commit to The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) Caring for You campaign.

19 April, 2017

Today, NHS England has published its Workforce Race Equality Standard 2016 report. The report finds that staff from a BME (black and minority ethnic) background are still significantly more likely to experience discrimination at work from colleagues and their managers.

19 April, 2017

Maternity services at the Southern Health and Social Care Trust have become the latest in Northern Ireland to commit to the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) Caring for You campaign.

18 April, 2017

Today the Prime Minister Theresa May has called for a general election on June 8th 2017.

7 April, 2017

Bullying and harassment of BME NHS staff is the focus of a Royal College of Midwives (RCM) motion at the TUC Black Workers’ Conference starting today. The RCM will also be supporting a motion by the union Prospect on the under-representation of BME groups. The Trade Union Congress (TUC) Black Workers Conference takes place in London from Friday 7th April to Sunday, 9th April 2017.

7 April, 2017

NHS Dumfries and Galloway 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.

7 April, 2017

Bolton NHS Foundation Trust is working with the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) to improve the support available for midwives and maternity colleagues. The trust’s maternity services have signed-up to 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.

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