By Nick Child on 07 March 2018 MSW Month
The RCM launched a maternity support worker month in November last year, and branches’ activities ensured it was a great success.
Last November, across the UK, a month of activities and events celebrated the role of support workers in maternity – whatever their job title.
The RCM saw this as an opportunity to celebrate MSWs in the same way that midwives are celebrated on International Day of the Midwife. MSW month was a great success, with RCM branches coming together to focus on the important role played by support workers.
RCM branches also held events to promote the integral role that MSWs play, with 118 events registered. The RCM ran a photo competition, gathering entries from all over the country following the success of its local events.
Photos were judged and awarded prizes for events demonstrating the best use of the RCM/MSW branding. Winners included a superhero homage from the RCM Croydon branch and a team shot from the RCM Suffolk East and Ipswich branch. A photo of the extended team was a winning entry for the RCM Northern Ireland Western branch. The winning picture from RCM Derby and Derbyshire showed a stand packed with information on the MSW role.
Prizes of £250 for branch funds were awarded to 13 winners in each region and country.
The #RCMMSWmonth used on social media throughout November ensured that colleagues and the public became aware of the month and the celebration of MSWs. As a result of the event, the RCM now has more MSW members than ever before, increasing numbers by around 10%.
MSW celebrations will be held on an annual basis, so those who didn’t get involved last year can do so in 2018.
The RCM welcomes all support workers in Bands 1 to 4 who provide support to midwives, including maternity care assistants, healthcare assistants, maternity assistants, care support workers, nursery nurses and those in clerical or administration roles, so please spread the word to your maternity colleagues.