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Consultations

Consultations

The RCM regularly responds to consultations from the NHS, government and other organisations on issues that affect maternity services. Our responses aim to represent members' views and provide an expert midwifery perspective to influence decision makers. Below are some of the consultations affecting maternity services, midwives, pregnant women and new mums across the UK. We encourage you to also have your say:

Nursing and Midwifery Council launch new Education Standards for Midwifery

The NMC has launched a consultation on its draft Education Standards for Midwifery. The Standards have been developed over a number of years by a team led by Prof Mary Renfrew (University of Dundee), and outline the skills and knowledge the next generation midwives will need to learn so they can deliver great care in the years to come.

The draft Standards include giving students an increased focus on continuity of care for mothers, newborn infants and their families. Midwifery training would also place more emphasis on mental health care for mothers, and a greater focus on public health and health promotion. Education institutions will also be given the freedom to be more creative in designing their curriculum and more innovative in the way they train midwives. 

The RCM, as a member of the NMC Future Midwife Thought Leadership Group and Midwifery Panel, has been involved with the development of these new standards of proficiency for midwives and standards for midwifery education programmes.

The RCM encourages all our members - midwives, students midwives and MSWs to take a look at the draft Standards and have your say to shape midwifery care of the future. We will also be getting views from our membership to inform the RCM response. Over the next twelve weeks the NMC will hold a series of events to seek the views of a broad range of people including seldom heard voices and those with learning disabilities. There will be workshops across the UK as well as a social media campaign, including webinars and twitter chats, open to anyone who wants to take part. Find out more about the consultation and how to get involved.