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  1. News Article
    NHS maternity units have been told they have until next April to increase the numbers of midwives on wards to expected levels after a near £100 million investment. NHS England has told hospitals they must bring staffing levels for midwives up the levels needed to meet their planned demand from mothers and to ensure women get safe care. In a letter to NHS trusts, England’s chief nurse Ruth May said she expected hospitals to use their share of a recent £96 million investment by NHS England to boost staffing levels along with extra spending from local budgets. NHS England has carri
  2. News Article
    Maternity services are at risk because demoralised midwives are planning to quit the NHS, healthcare leaders have warned. A new report, carried out by the Institute for Public Policy Research, suggests 8,000 midwives may depart due to the “unprecedented pressure” of the coronavirus pandemic. Researchers, who surveyed about 1,000 healthcare professionals from around the country in mid-February, discovered that two-thirds reported being mentally exhausted once a week or more. Read full story (paywalled) Source: The Independent, 31 March 2021
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    Findings: A systematic review of midwife-led continuity of care models identified benefits for women and babies, with no adverse effects. Non-randomised studies have shown benefits of midwifery continuity of care for specific groups, such as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women. There are also benefits for midwives, including high levels of job satisfaction and less occupational burnout. Implementing midwifery continuity of care in public and private settings in Australia has been challenging, despite the evidence in its favour and government policy documents tha
  4. News Article
    The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) has launched a new positioning statement to call for a Digital Midwife in every maternity service in the next 12 months. The trade union, which represents the majority of practising midwives, has called for every trust to recruit or train Digital Midwives to lead on digital transformation programmes and ensure systems that are introduced are interoperable. The RCM has said it’s not just a call for investment but a need to ‘drive forward digital transformation and clinical informatics of maternity care’. Hermione Jackson, RCM Digital Advisor,
  5. Content Article
    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.
  6. Content Article
    Note: Subtitles are available by turning on the caption mode in YouTube. Would you like to share your insight on the continuity of care model? Perhaps you know women and families who would like to share their experience? You can get in touch with Patient Safety Learning by emailing us at content@pslhub.org Further reading: Measuring Continuity of Carer: A monitoring and evaluation framework (November 2018) NHS: Targeted and enhanced midwifery-led continuity of carer RCM: Can continuity work for us? A resource for midwives
  7. Content Article
    Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your role? I am a Consultant Midwife, there are around 100 of us in the UK. I have a relatively unique role in that I spend 50% of my time in the Trust and 50% of my time at the University. I’m currently leading the development and implementation of continuity in Worcestershire. When did you first work in a Continuity of Carer (CoC) model? I became a caseload midwife (CoC) within weeks of qualifying as I knew this was the way that I wanted to practice, and the first team was being set up locally within a designated Sure Start area. Althoug
  8. Content Article
    The recommendations set out in the report are addressed to all leaders who influence the workplace experience of nursing and midwifery staff Recommendations Key recommendation 1: Authority, empowerment and influence Introduce mechanisms for nursing and midwifery staff to shape the cultures and processes of their organisations and influence decisions about how care is structured and delivered. Key recommendation 2: Justice and fairness Nurture and sustain just, fair and psychologically safe cultures and ensure equity, proactive and positive approaches to diversity and uni
  9. Content Article
    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.
  10. Content Article
    The benefits of Continuity of Carer (CoC) within antenatal and postnatal care, and the implications for patient safety are well reported. As a midwife, to know the person from booking to postnatal means I am aware when their mental health may be deteriorating, or when they may be experiencing relationship difficulties. It also makes me feel more confident to challenge situations, including potential safeguarding concerns or welfare issues. If a person trusts in their relationship with their midwife, they are more likely to confide that they are struggling, and we'll be better placed to su
  11. News Article
    More than three-quarters of midwives think staffing levels in their NHS trust or board are unsafe, according to a survey by the Royal College of Midwives (RCM). The RCM said services were at breaking point, with 42% of midwives reporting that shifts were understaffed and a third saying there were “very significant gaps” in most shifts. Midwives were under enormous pressure and had been “pushed to the edge” by the failure of successive governments to invest in maternity services, said Gill Walton, the chief executive of the RCM. “Maternity staff are exhausted, they’re demoralised
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