Caring for You

The RCM launched its ‘Caring for You’ campaign in 2016 with the aim of improving the health, safety and wellbeing of our members in their workplaces across the UK

The ethos of our campaign was simple: healthy and well-rested midwives and maternity support workers are at the heart of the provision of safe, high-quality care for women and their families.

Since launching the campaign 142 NHS organisations have signed the campaign charter, committing to work collaboratively with the local RCM representatives to improve the health, safety and wellbeing of midwives and MSWs.

As such, we've seen that the Caring for You campaign is working, making a real difference to the working lives of midwives and MSWs. However, there is more to do. The situation many of our members face at work is challenging and worrying. This is a real concern for the RCM, as it should be for employers and UK governments.

The RCM will continue to campaign for better working conditions for midwives and MSW, to help enable them provide safe, high-quality care to women and their families. There is a clear business case for taking action on health, safety and wellbeing issues. There are currently high levels of stress and burn out amongst midwives and maternity support workers, and staff shortages and heavy workloads are driving some midwives to leave the profession. Understaffing has also contributed to low levels of staff engagement, which has been shown to negatively affect patient outcomes.

Is your RCM branch involved in Caring for You?

We recommend all members to check that their Branch in onboard with Caring for You. Organisations can still sign the charter, and we ask all those who have already signed to refresh and refocus on their action plans, working in partnership with the Head of Midwifery. Together we can make a difference to ensure our workplaces are happy and healthy.

Who has signed the Caring for You charter?

  • Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Barts Health NHS Trust
  • Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Croydon Health Services NHS Trust
  • Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
  • Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
  • King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust London
  • North West Healthcare NHS Trust
  • North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust
  • Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust
  • The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • The Whittington Hospital NHS Trust
  • University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust
  • Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust
  • Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust
  • East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust
  • Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust
  • Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Isle of Wight NHS Trust
  • Jersey Health Services Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust
  • Medway NHS Foundation Trust
  • North Bristol NHS Trust
  • Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust
  • Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust
  • Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust
  • Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Royal United Hospital Bath NHS Trust
  • Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust
  • States of Guernsey Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust
  • Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
  • The Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust
  • University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
  • Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Bedford Hospital NHS Trust
  • Birmingham Womens and Childrens NHS Foundation Trust
  • Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust
  • George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust
  • Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust
  • Hinchingbrooke Health Care NHS Trust
  • Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust
  • Luton And Dunstable University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Norfolk And Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust
  • Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Sandwell And West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Shrewsbury And Telford Hospital NHS Trust
  • South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust
  • Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust
  • The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust
  • University Hospitals Coventry And Warwickshire NHS Trust
  • University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust
  • University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust
  • Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust West
  • Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Wye Valley NHS Trust
  • Airedale NHS Foundation Trust
  • Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Bolton NHS Foundation Trust
  • Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Trust
  • Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust
  • Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust
  • Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • County Durham And Darlington NHS Foundation Trust
  • East Cheshire NHS Trust
  • East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust
  • Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust
  • Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Isle of Man Department of Health Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Liverpool Women's NHS Foundation Trust
  • Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust
  • North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust
  • Northern Lincolnshire And Goole NHS Foundation Trust
  • Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Southport And Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust
  • St Helens and Knowsley Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Stockport NHS Foundation Trust
  • Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust
  • University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust
  • University Hospitals Of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust
  • Warrington And Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Wrightington, Wigan And Leigh NHS Foundation Trust
  • York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • NHS Ayrshire and Arran NHS Borders
  • NHS Dumfries and Galloway
  • NHS Fife
  • NHS Forth Valley
  • NHS Grampian
  • NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
  • NHS Highland
  • NHS Lanarkshire
  • NHS Lothian
  • NHS Orkney
  • NHS Tayside
  • NHS Western Isles
  • Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board
  • Aneurin Bevan Health Board
  • Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board
  • Cardiff and Vale University Health Board
  • Cwm Taf Health Board
  • Hywel Dda Health Board
  • Powys Health Board
  • Belfast Health and Social Care Trust
  • Northern Health and Social Care Trust
  • South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust
  • Southern Health and Social Care Trust
  • Western Health and Social Care Trust

Caring for You resources

Our member survey in 2016 showed that many midwives and maternity support workers frequently work over their hours and a fifth of respondents missed breaks. Half of the respondents said they felt dehydrated at work. We all know the importance of eating a healthy, balanced diet. Making some small, simple changes to how we shop, cook and eat can make it easier to fit healthy eating into a busy working day.

Our Alliance partner Slimming World has produced some Top Tips for Healthy Eating, which we are sure you will find useful. We know from our survey that members find it very hard to access a healthy diet when working different shifts and Slimming World’s ‘preparing healthy food for work’ article certainly gives members some great ideas. Slimming World has also provided some tips and healthy recipes which can be prepared in advance and warmed up in the microwave so that you can have ‘healthy and filling meals in minutes’. They have also recently published a guide for keeping healthy and active during the menopause

For a full list of related resources, please visit our Resources section.

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