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Fitness to practise: BME nurses and midwives

BME report
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The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has published The progress and outcomes of black and minority ethnic (BME) nurses and midwives through the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s fitness to practise process. This report examines progress and outcomes of black and minority ethnic (BME) nurses and midwives through the Fitness to Practise process of the NMC.  Key findings show that BME midwives and nurses are more likely to be referred to the NMC than their white counterparts, however they are less likely to be struck off or suspended than white colleagues.

Read the NMC press release here

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Clinical midwifery supervision model (A-EQUIP)

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NHS England has published A-EQUIP a model of clinical midwifery supervision.  This document describes the new model of midwifery supervision for advocating and educating for quality improvement (A-EQUIP).  Part 4 of the document includes implementation guidance for commissioners to help them understand the commissioning requirements for the Professional Midwifery Advocate role and the deployment of the A-EQUIP model.

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‘Bump, Baby and Beyond’ – Creative Ways of Designing Antenatal Preparation Sessions in Collaboration with Women

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This report published by the Foundation of Nursing Studies describes a project that aimed to set up weekly antenatal information and support group in a Children’s Centre to increase potential for secure attachments between mother and infant, increase confidence, encourage peer support and inform and empower mothers.

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RCM – “The gathering storm: England’s midwifery workforce challenges”

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An Royal College of Midwives press release discusses a new report on the threats faced by maternity services.

The report ‘The gathering storm: England’s midwifery workforce challenges’  outlines how issues such as rising levels of complexity in pregnancy, midwife shortages and financial constraints in the NHS are ramping up the pressure on England’s maternity workforce and services.

The report also puts forward solutions to the problems in maternity services. It sets out ways in which decision makers across government and England’s NHS can tackle the situation. These include a more adaptable approach to requests for flexible working, and allowing the NHS Pay Review Body free reign to recommend staff pay wards. This will help retain midwives and not push them into costlier agency work. Implementing other changes will also help too, such as ensuring more low-risk women give birth outside of obstetric units.

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Major increase in midwifery unit births since 2010

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Births in midwifery units in England have trebled, up from five per cent to 14 per cent over the last six years, a new study by researchers at The University of Nottingham has shown.

The research, led by a team of academics in the University’s School of Health Sciences, revealed that the number of midwifery units alongside hospital obstetric units almost doubled from 53 to 97 during the period 2010 to 2016.

However, despite this increase, 25 per cent of all NHS trusts in England still have no midwifery units, denying women the opportunity to access this type of care, which has been shown to provide personalised care to women, to decrease caesarean birth rates and costs per birthing.

Press release here

Facilitating women’s choice of midwife

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The Royal College of Midwives has published Facilitating women’s choice of midwife: RCM guidance: practical approaches to managing with flexibility.  This guidance is designed to help midwives and their managers to better meet the needs of responding to women’s wishes for a specific midwife to be present at the birth of their baby.

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State of Maternity Services Report 2016

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The Royal College of Midwifery has published State of Maternity Services Report 2016. The report examines emerging issues and trends in relation to maternity services.  It highlights that over a third of the UK’s NHS midwives are nearing retirement age; the increase in births to older mothers, who may require more care throughout their pregnancies;  and rates of obesity which are placing additional demands on maternity services.

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