RCM guidance on implementing the NICE safe staffing guideline on midwifery staffing in maternity settings


The National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) published its guideline for safe midwifery staffing in maternity settings (NICE Safe Staffing Guideline NG4 2015) in February 2015.  This publication from the Royal College of Midwives supports senior midwives and NHS managers implement the NICE safe midwifery staffing guideline.


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Getting the midwifery workforce right


Guidance from the Royal College of Midwives which explains the role of the midwife, the limits and scope of the role, its relationship with other professionals and care givers and the approaches which are most likely to lead to safe and effective staffing decisions.





“The role of the midwife is clearly described and demarcated. The evidence shows that
it is in the interests of women to receive the majority of their care from a small group
of midwives they know and trust. Midwifery services should be staffed to enable this
to happen.”

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Pertussis immunisation in pregnancy: vaccine coverage estimates (England)

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This Public Health England report presents pertussis vaccine coverage in pregnant women in England for the period April to September 2016. Pertussis vaccine coverage in pregnant women averaged 70% across May to September 2016, 14% higher than the same period in 2015. This increase is thought to be associated with changes to the data extraction criteria from April 2016 and suggests coverage estimates prior to this may have been under-estimated. In addition, the extended eligibility criteria for the vaccine, available to women from 16 weeks of pregnancy since April 2016 (previously available from 28 weeks), would have started to impact coverage from September 2016, and this may have also contributed to the increase.

Link to full report here:  Pertussis Vaccination Programme for Pregnant Women: vaccine coverage estimates in England, April to September 2016


Screening newborns for muscle wasting condition not recommended

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PHE Press release: Screening newborns for muscle wasting condition not recommended
Newborn babies should not be screened for the muscle wasting condition Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, according to the UK’s independent expert screening committee.
The current test available for the condition incorrectly identifies some babies as having the condition and misses others who go on to develop the disease

Link to press release here

Maternity Services Monthly Statistics England, July 2016, Experimental Statistics

This is a monthly report on NHS-funded maternity services in England using data submitted to the Maternity Services Data Set (MSDS) for July 2016 activity. The scope of this report has been expanded to report for the first time on births submitted to the MSDS that occurred in July 2016.

The full report can be downloaded here:

As part of this month’s publication we are also publishing a special feature presenting further analysis of data submitted to the MSDS for April to June 2016 pertaining to birth episodes and comparing this data to similar data reported in Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) during the same period. This comprises a spreadsheet including a key findings summary and interactive tabs presenting data at organization level enabling more detailed comparison between data sources to be made.

Statistics on Women’s Smoking Status at Time of Delivery England: Quarter 2, July 2016 to September 2016

Key Findings: 10.4 per cent of pregnant women were known to be smokers at the time of delivery. This compares to 10.2 per cent for the previous quarter (Q1, 2016/17).
•The proportion of pregnant women known to be smokers at the time of delivery has remained below the national ambition of 11 per cent or less since Q1, 2015/16.
For Q2, 2016/17:
•The CCGs with the lowest proportion of women known to be smokers at time of delivery were NHS West London (1.8 per cent), NHS Camden (2.1) and NHS Redbridge (2.4).
•The CCGs with the highest proportion were NHS Blackpool (31.0), NHS Hull (24.7) and NHS Swale (23.0).
•111 out of 209 CCGs met the national ambition of 11 per cent or less.

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