The Royal College of Midwives has published two reports focusing on midwifery staffing
Midwifery staffing is the focus of two new publications from the RCM.
They come at a time of rising demand due to a historically high birthrate, increasingly complex pregnancies and expectations that midwives will deliver more support and advice. Growing demand is combined with a decade-long midwifery shortage, a rapidly ageing workforce and fears of a fall in applications to study midwifery.
The reports are:
- Getting the midwifery workforce right – outlines how maternity services should be organised, funded and staffed.
- RCM guidance on implementing the NICE safe staffing guideline on midwifery staffing in maternity settings – supports senior midwives and NHS managers implement the NICE safe midwifery staffing guideline.