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    How can we better support nurses and midwives to flourish and thrive in their work? Join the King's Fund at this free online event to discuss the changes needed to empower nurses and midwives to shape and provide the compassionate, high-quality care that they aspire to in a sustainable way – through the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. The conversation will explore: workplace stressors, work conditions and ways of working – including workload, shift patterns and supervision – that have an impact on nurse and midwife wellbeing, and how these can be positively transformed organisa
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    Home births: a woman’s choice? Maternity services are rapidly adapting the way they work in light of the pandemic. Pregnant women are being asked to attend antenatal appointments alone or remotely in order to reduce risk of infection. In some areas, the option to have a midwife-led home birth has been suspended.[2] A recent report from the BBC suggests that as many as one third of Trusts could have removed home birth as an option.[3] For those who are not considered high-risk and have given birth before, home birth is often a very positive experience and clinical outcomes are good, w
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    A whistleblowing letter sent by maternity staff to inspectors and a newspaper was "the right thing to do", the hospital's boss said. Midwives at West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds said they were "exhausted and broken" and claimed the unit was "consistently short-staffed". The hospital had previously been criticised for its treatment of whistleblowers. Its interim chief executive Craig Black said the letter was a "brave thing". The anonymous letter was sent to the Bury Free Press, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and the West Suffolk Foundation NHS Trust, in August. I
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    A trust has warned it could be forced to restrict maternity services due to a high midwife vacancy rate, and large numbers unvaccinated among the current staff. The government has mandated that all patient-facing NHS staff must have had two covid vaccination doses from 1 April — meaning they will need to have received their first dose by 3 February. If not, they can be redeployed to non patient-facing roles, or face dismissal. Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals Trust’s board heard on Tuesday that the current numbers pose a “significant operational problem” amid effo
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    Midwives at Suffolk Hospital have spoken out in a whistleblowing letter describing problems in their department as ‘demoralising and heartbreaking’. In the letter, written by midwives who declined to give their names "for fear of retribution", describe constant staff shortages, a culture of blame and fear, a high pressure environment and substandard care, saying " We entered midwifery to be able to give women centred, holistic care. Instead it feels like we are being overwhelmed by the unmanageable and relentless workload, and as a result are giving substandard care which is demoralising
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    Contact Trixie McAree at Trixie.mcaree2@nhs.net Access the maternity workforce tools, designed to help midwifery leadership plan and design maternity services that meet the vision of Better Births and the NHS Long Term Plan. Visit our Midwifery Continuity of Carer area of the hub to find more guidance, research and personal reflections from frontline staff.
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    The following points have been taken from the letter. Please read the letter in its entirety for the full detail around each point. Measures taken to alleviate pressure on maternity services that the RCM is supporting: 1. Ensuring all newly qualified midwives are employed. 2. Facilitating the introduction of newly qualified midwives into the workplace. 3. Supporting effective preceptorship. 4. Flexible working. 5. Utilising MSWs to the full extent of their capabilities. 6. Postponement or temporary suspension of Midwifery Continuity of Care schemes. 7. Moratorium on recruitment of senio
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    Nadia Leake and Rachel Collum discuss the need for Family Integrated Care (FIcare) in neonatal intensive care units (NICU). FIcare is an approach that facilitates parents to be primary caregivers to their child while they are in NICU, allowing them to love and nurture their child. For it to work well, it requires a culture in the hospital that encourages bonding and family. Nadia and Rachel discuss their own experiences of FIcare, and of units where it has not yet been fully developed, and underline how the approach enables families to bond and supports better outcomes for premature babie
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    All healthcare professionals have a responsibility to make every contact count in informing and encouraging pregnant women to get vaccinated against Covid-19. On 2 March Professor Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent, Chief Midwife for England, is hosting a second masterclass for midwives and other interested NHS professionals, to give objective advice on vaccination, based on the best available evidence. Join national experts from the UKHSA, MHRA, NHSEI, RCM and more for talks on: the risks of Covid-19 infection in pregnancy. the science behind vaccination; common questions and concern
  10. News Article
    Hospital inspectors have uncovered repeated maternity failings and expressed serious concern about the safety of mothers and babies in Sheffield just days after a damning report warned there had been hundreds of avoidable baby deaths in Shrewsbury. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) found Sheffield teaching hospitals NHS foundation trust, one of the largest NHS trusts in England, had failed to make the required improvements to services when it visited in October and November, despite receiving previous warnings from the watchdog. As well as concerns across the wider trust, a focused i
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    Mothers-to-be must be respected and listened to by medics, regulators have said, after warnings that pleas for pain relief in labour have been ignored. The intervention by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) follows an investigation by The Sunday Telegraph. Last week it was revealed that six NHS trusts were in breach of medical guidance which says pain relief should be provided at any point of labour if it is requested. Women said they were told “‘It’s not called labour for nothing, it’s meant to be hard work” as doctors refused their pleas. The findings prompted the Health Secre
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    The link below will take you to all of the associated resources on the THIS.institute website including: Video: Managing obstetric emergencies in women with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 COVID-19: Five key goals in managing an obstetric emergency Downloadable poster of the five key goals.
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