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MPs to debate NHS pay. Email your MP now.

Members of Parliament will tomorrow – Wednesday 13 September – debate and vote on pay in the NHS, and we’d love to have your help in convincing MPs of the need for better, fairer NHS pay.

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NHS staff do not need me to tell them that NHS pay has been held down far too long. They have suffered the impact for years. An average midwife, for example, is now £6,000 per year worse off than if their salary had simply risen in line with prices since 2010. This has to stop.

Pay rises in the NHS are set by the NHS Pay Review Body, but in recent years the Government has capped what the NHSPRB can recommend. And that is why NHS midwives and MSWs are worse off now than they were in 2010.

The Government needs to abolish the pay cap. But more than that it needs to include a fair pay rise in its evidence to the NHSPRB then fund what the pay review body recommends. It has to do all these things if midwives and other hard-pressed NHS workers are to get the pay rise they deserve.

This is where you can help.

We need you to email your MP ahead of tomorrow’s debate. You can do that easily using the WriteToThem.com website. It’s free; all you need is your postcode. But you do need to do it quickly because the debate is tomorrow – don’t blame us; it’s only just been announced.

Email them and tell them frankly how pay restraint has impacted on you and how you feel about it. That kind of personal experience is exactly what will be most effective in influencing MPs.

Ask them too to challenge the Government not only to abandon the pay cap but also for the Government to call for and fund a fair pay rise for NHS staff. You can read the briefing we are sending MPs here, which you can use to write your email. And you can ask them to meet with the RCM too to discuss pay (tell them to email me at stuart.bonar@rcm.org.uk).

And if you want to share the MP’s response, feel free to send it to me at that email address too. And thank you for helping the RCM’s Fair Pay Overdue campaigning.

‘RCM launches series of short animations on FGM and calls on each UK Government to act now to end FGM in the by UK 2030’

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Later today (Tuesday September 12th) the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) will officially launch a series of animated films on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

The short powerful animated films have been developed by the RCM in collaboration with The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), The Royal College General Practitioners (RCGP), survivors of FGM, NGOs and a variety local community partners.

Instrumentally the RCM and its partners worked closely with FGM survivors to ensure the authenticity of the stories being told via the animations remained true to the realities of surviving FGM.

The films are not only aimed at creating awareness around the health and consequences of FGM, but also hope to cut through much of the inaccurate and misleading information circulating in the public sphere about FGM.

Importantly, each of the FGM animations ends with a ‘call to act’ on each UK Government.

The call to action includes the following;

  • To develop, implement, monitor and evaluate a National FGM Action Plan with the goal of ending FGM in the UK by 2030.
  • A commitment by all government agencies to end FGM, support survivors and share information to keep women and girls safe.
  • Provide accessible specialist health and psychological care and support services in community settings for survivors and potential victims of all age groups.
  • Education and training for the children's workforce in their role and responsibilities for safeguarding girls and young women.


Commenting, Janet Fyle Professional Policy Advisor at the RCM says; “We are incredibly proud of these animated films and the collaborative work with survivors and partner organisations that has happened to make these FGM animations a reality.

“The purpose of these animations is to create awareness of the consequences of FGM through the words of survivors and by doing so we hope to empower girls, women and men to stand up against FGM and seek protection for themselves, their family and friends.

“The scripts for each short animation were derived from the survivors themselves, who spoke emotively of the impact FGM has had on their current physical and psychological health as well as relationships.

“Each short film concludes with a call to UK Governments to act now to End FGM. The RCM and its partners now wish to see a commitment by all UK Governments to run strategically timed evidence-based public awareness campaign, in partnership with survivors to raise awareness.

“If we are to change hearts and minds in FGM practising communities we must do this through education for young people, their families and influential community leaders.”


Professor Janice Rymer, Consultant Gynaecologist and Vice President for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, says:

“The harmful effects of FGM on girls and women can be extremely devastating, as these powerful and highly emotive videos illustrate. There are no health benefits of FGM whatsoever and the practice is an extreme form of discrimination and violence against girls and women.

“By giving a voice to the girls and women affected, we hope to raise awareness of the tragic consequences of this form of abuse and ultimately to empower practicing communities to abandon FGM.

“We also call on the UK Government to take further measures to bring about much needed change. While prevention is absolutely crucial, it is also vitally important to focus on providing specialist care and support for girls and women who have experienced FGM.”


Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: "FGM is an abhorrent crime that causes huge physical and psychological distress to women and girls around the world - including in the UK.

"It's essential that we get the message out - across health, education, and society as a whole - that FGM is not, under any circumstances acceptable, and we hope that these videos, endorsed by the RCGP, will go some way to achieve that."

Notes to editors


The FGM short animations will be available to view from 16:00 on Tuesday September 12th on the #EndFGM YouTube Channel via this link https: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rm0Wy-DIID8



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The FGM film will be formally launched at The House of Commons in an event jointly hosted by MPs Jess Philips and Zac Goldsmith who are co-chairs of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on FGM. Date: Tuesday September 12th 

Time: 4pm




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The RCM Better Births Initiative is always looking for innovative ideas and examples of high quality maternity care within the themes of continuity of carer (seeing the same few midwives), reducing health inequalities or promoting normality in all settings. Does your service have something to share with midwives in the UK based around our themes? Have you as a group of midwives started a service from scratch? What were the barriers? How did you overcome them? We want to hear from you so we can showcase your work support midwives to keep providing high quality maternity care.

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Cathy Warwick addresses members' concerns about the negative messages they have seen on social media. 

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Fantastic MSW conference yesterday

I returned from the MSW conference in Sheffield yesterday, and even though I was only around for the last session, it was very illuminating.

As midwives, we take for granted the fact that our regulatory framework provides us with a great deal of assurance from which to practice. We understand that our role, entry to the profession and training are defined. We also know what competencies we are expected to possess and we know when to ask another professional to take over. 

Generally speaking, our relatively straightforward employment and pay structure stems from the fact that we have clarity of our roles. A band 6 midwife in one place does not have wildly different expectations made of her than a band 6 midwife in another location. This framework is primarily about protecting the public but it also protects midwives.

A mere 45 mins with a non-regulated group of staff yesterday highlights how difficult and different it can be for them. What exactly are they allowed to do? Who determines that? What training can they expect? There I was, in front of about 120 people all employed to support midwives in delivering high quality care but as different from one another in terms of pay and expectations as chalk and cheese.

This is much really an issue in England, with the devolved countries showing the way by creating e a framework outside of regulation. Nonetheless, it shows how important it is that the RCM continues to develop our role in relation to support staff. If no one else is going to sort things out for them then we must. Otherwise (particularly in a harsh financial climate) I think there is a serious risk that a group of workers will be exploited and that the care of women and babies could suffer.

It was great to meet so many knowledgeable, enthusiastic MSWs yesterday. For those that attended, I hope you found the day valuable.

For more information about pay banding for MSWs and their roles, please download our publications here.

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Contribute to important midwifery research and make your voice heard. Complete all of the following questions below to give the RCM and the national maternity survey a well rounded and informative view of what women’s feedback means to you as a midwife. If you have any queries or difficulties with the form, please contact us: marketing@rcm.org.uk