The RCM has established a new Expert Clinical Advisory Group to develop rapid professional briefings during the pandemic. The group is made up of 12 members of the RCM team – including midwives with current and recent clinical experience, midwifery educationalists and researchers, supported by a librarian from MIDIRs. The team have developed a range of briefings, which are updated regularly to reflect current evidence as it evolves.

The Academic rapid reviews are five rapid analytic reviews of the current evidence base, carried out by the RCM’s Professorial Advisory Group. This group is made up of some of the leading midwifery professors from across the UK, who came together to offer their time to the RCM in developing these reviews during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

The RCM is very grateful to Professors Helen Cheyne, Soo Downe, Fiona Dykes, Billie Hunter, Tina Lavender, Lesley Page, Mary Renfrew, Jane Sandall and Helen Spiby for their work in developing the reviews to support maternity services during the pandemic. 

Induction of labour in the pandemic - a rapid scoping review 

Rapid review to optimising maternity services and maternal and newborn outcomes in a pandemic

Rapid Analytic Review: Labour and Birth Companionship in a pandemic

Supporting your emotional wellbeing during the pandemic

Optimising mother-baby contact and infant feeding in a pandemic

1. PAN-COVID registry study

Midwife Alison Perry of Imperial College is the project manager of the PAN-COVID registry study. This is a world-wide endeavour to understand the clinical picture of COVID-19 in pregnant women and neonates. The PAN-COVID project is not only important to our collective understanding of the virus in pregnancy, but it also makes a very practical way to involve midwives in research.

2. New mum study

Professor Mary Fewtrell and colleagues at the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health are running an online survey to collect information on the experiences of mothers during different stages of the lockdown - the COVID-19 New Mum Study. They are asking midwives to share this anonymous online survey with women with an infant under 12 months – there are questions around birth and infant feeding and it takes 15-20 minutes to complete. The study team is particularly keen to hear from women from BAME communities as they are currently under-represented in the responses that they have received.

3. Health and social care workers’ quality of working life and coping while working during a Covid-19 Pandemic

Are you a midwife who is currently employed or self-employed (agency workers), within any area of practice in the UK? We want to understand more about your quality of working life and coping in relation to the COVID-19 Pandemic. This is the second in a series of three surveys directed towards health and social care workforce and this survey has built on the findings from the first phase to ensure we are asking relevant questions. We are interested in professional quality of working life, social and emotional wellbeing, including burnout and methods of coping to explore how these have changed over the last six months as the Pandemic has progressed. Survey closes: 13th December



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The HSIB are reviewing processes and approach to investigation to ensure they minimise the impact investigations have on Trusts at this time

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In recognition of the current pressure on the NHS and maternity services in response to COVID-19, the NHS Resolution has announced a pause in reporting procedure for the maternity incentive scheme


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