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All NHS staff need a pay rise that ’s above inflation, say health unions
NHS unions are today (Friday) breaking with tradition and submitting a pay claim directly to the government on behalf of more than one million health workers across the UK. In a letter to the Chancellor, 14 health unions including UNISON, the Royal College of Nursing, the Royal College of Midwives, the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, Unite and the GMB, are asking Philip Hammond to earmark funds in the November Budget for a pay rise in line with inflation (Retail Price Index). The claim also calls for an additional £800 to restore some of the pay lost over the past seven years. Cleaners, nurses, radiographers, pha...
Source: UNISON Health care news - September 15, 2017 Category: UK Health Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release health inflation NHS nhs pay Sara Gorton Source Type: news

New chief executive takes over at midwives ’ union
Gill Walton has today taken over as leader of the Royal College of Midwives. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - September 4, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Cathy Warwick: Stop scaring older mums about having a baby
Professor Cathy Warwick, the chief executive of the Royal College of Midwives, said experts had overstated the problems attached to age. It comes as the number of older mothers in the UK soars. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 4, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

'Stop scaring older mums about the risks of having a baby'
Professor Cathy Warwick, the chief executive of the Royal College of Midwives, said experts had overstated the problems attached to age. It comes as the number of older mothers in the UK soars. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 4, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

'Normal birth' campaign abandoned by royal college
The Royal College of Midwives has dropped its “normal birth” campaign and removed advice for midwives from its website, acknowledging that it could have been “misleading”. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 14, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Midwives back down on campaign for natural childbirth
The Royal College of Midwives have announced they want to avoid giving British mothers the impression that interventions such as caesareans and epidurals are abnormal. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

'Normal birth' campaign abandoned by royal college
The Royal College of Midwives has dropped its controversial “normal birth” campaign and removed advice for midwives from its website amid concerns it could have been “misleading”. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - August 11, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Union launches campaign for ‘fair pay’ for midwifery staff
The Royal College of Midwives has today launched a campaign calling on the government to end NHS pay restraint and commit to fully fund a pay rise for midwives and maternity support workers. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - July 13, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Health unions call for the government to act on public sector pay
Seventeen unions representing employees across the NHS have today (Tuesday) expressed anger and deep disappointment at the government’s failure to deal with the ongoing public sector pay crisis. Unions say health staff are angry that ministers have still not said they will allow the pay review bodies to operate without interference, and will fully fund any recommendations they make. NHS unions insist that another year of pay restraint is wholly unacceptable, and will cause long-lasting damage to the health service, its patients and its workforce. The unions have also repeated the offer they made to health secretary J...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - July 4, 2017 Category: Food Science Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release NHS public sector pay Source Type: news

Women ’s advocate elected president of midwives’ union
A consultant midwife from Birmingham has become the next president of the Royal College of Midwives, following an election by its members. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - June 7, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Risks of excessive weight gain or loss in pregnancy highlighted
Midwives need the time and resources to help mothers stay healthy during pregnancy, the Royal College of Midwives has said in light of new US research highlighting the risks of excessive weight gain or loss among expectant mothers. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - June 6, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

RCM reveals seven new midwives to join its board
Seven new midwives have joined the Royal College of Midwives ’ board following elections. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - June 1, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Parties urged to ‘eliminate midwife shortage’ by RCM
The Royal College of Midwives has called on election candidates to take steps to eliminate a national shortage of midwives should they come into power. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - May 30, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Portsmouth midwifery director named as new head of union
A director of midwifery at a trust in Portsmouth has been announced as the new chief executive of and general secretary of the Royal College of Midwives. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - May 5, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Pregnant women encouraged to'always ask '
The Royal College of Midwives has endorsed a new campaign called Always ask which is designed to empower pregnant women to overcome fears of asking health professionals questions. The campaign is designed to reduce the number of women who have serious pregnancy complications, or a loss that could have been prevented (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - April 28, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

NHS staff are giving 100%, but getting just 1% in return, says UNISON
Commenting on the announcement from the NHS pay review body (PRB) today (Tuesday), UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Health service employees go above and beyond caring for patients and keeping the health service running – often in very challenging circumstances. “The government insists it values them, but after endless pay freezes and wage caps, they feel taken for granted. Day after day NHS staff are giving 100%, but getting just 1% in return. “As the gap grows between take-home pay and household expenditure, NHS staff can’t stretch their money far enough. And as wages increase el...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - March 28, 2017 Category: Food Science Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release dave prentis health NHS pay review body Source Type: news

Latest NHS pay award is ‘ derisory ’ , say health unions
Commenting on the announcement today (Tuesday) from the NHS Pay Review Body (PRB) of its proposals for 2017/18, Christina McAnea, the spokesperson for unions representing staff working in the NHS, and head of health at UNISON, said: “This deal amounts to less than five pounds a week for most midwives, nurses, cleaners, paramedics, radiographers and other healthcare staff. “It’s a derisory amount in the face of soaring fuel bills, rising food prices and increasing transport costs. “The government’s insistence on the one per cent cap has tied the PRB’s hands. ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - March 28, 2017 Category: Food Science Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release Christina McAnea NHS pay review body Source Type: news

Facilitating women's choice of midwife: Practical approaches to managing with flexibility
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 (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - February 28, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

State of maternity services report 2016
A report from the Royal College of Midwives uses statistics about maternity services to identify emerging issues and trends. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - February 7, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Third of midwives are aged over 50 as RCM needs 3,500 more
7,200 midwives are aged over 50, including 1,000 who are over 60. The Royal College of Midwives says they need another 3,500 professionals to keep wards running smoothly and safely. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 7, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Union chief executive to retire
The head of the Royal College of Midwives has said she will retire at the end of August. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - January 13, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Midwife union leader announces retirement this summer
Professor Cathy Warwick, the chief executive of the Royal College of Midwives, will step down from the role and retire at the end of August 2017, it has been announced today. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - January 13, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Maternity services ‘missing’ from regional STP plans
Half of all the new regional plans for the future of NHS services in England do not mention or include very little detail about maternity services, according to the Royal College of Midwives. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - December 22, 2016 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Guidance on implementing NICE safe staffing guideline for midwives
The Royal College of Midwives has published guidance for senior midwives and NHS managers and aims to support them in implementing NICE safe staffing guidance in maternity services. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - December 13, 2016 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

College publishes guidance to get midwife staffing ‘right’
Midwives ’ role should not be extended into obstetrics or nursing to compensate for staffing shortages, according to new workforce guidance issued by the Royal College of Midwives. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - December 6, 2016 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Midwife union drops threat of legal action against trust
The Royal College of Midwives will not take legal action against the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay Foundation Trust after it revealed details of an “irregular” redundancy deal for a former midwife involved in a care scandal at the trust. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - November 3, 2016 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

NHS needs £280m or the government will be breaking minimum wage laws
29 September 2016 Embargo: 00.01hrs Friday 30 September 2016 The government will need to inject £280m into the NHS by the end of the decade, or ministers will find themselves in breach of their own minimum wage laws, warn unions representing health service employees in the UK today (Friday). In their annual submission to the NHS pay review body, the unions say that because the pay of health workers has failed to keep pace with inflation, within five years the lowest paid employees will be earning less than the minimum wage. The national living wage – essentially the minimum wage for workers over the age of 25 &...
Source: UNISON Health care news - September 29, 2016 Category: UK Health Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release health health care health pay pay review body Source Type: news

UNISON vows to campaign for midwives and their patients
Abolishing the NHS bursary for healthcare students England when there is a shortage of midwives is “a massively retrograde step”, UNISON’s Eleanor Smith told TUC delegates in Brighton this morning. Seconding a motion from the Royal College of Midwives on protecting continuity of care, she said the move will stop “many potential healthcare students from going on to become midwives, nurses or allied health professionals” but, more than that, “it will affect patient care – because the supply of dedicated health professionals will be affected”. “Healthcare students are not ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - September 13, 2016 Category: Food Science Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article News congress health care Midwives NHS bursary TUC TUC16 Source Type: news

Warning that Brexit could exacerbate midwife shortage
The midwife shortage could be huge if European Union midwives were unable to work in the UK post Brexit, the Royal College of Midwives has warned. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - September 13, 2016 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Herts NHS cash-for-pensions deal is ‘ morally wrong ’ and ‘ legally suspect ’ , says UNISON
12 September 2016 Unions will today (Monday) be protesting outside Lister Hospital in Stevenage against an offer of cash incentives by East and North Hertfordshire NHS trust to nurses who opt out of the NHS pension scheme. The trust is offering higher salaries to new starters and existing staff in a bid to fill 200 nursing vacancies, a measure which UNISON says is “morally wrong”, against the law and discourages workers from planning for their retirement. The union has already reported the trust to the NHS Pensions Board and the Pensions Regulator, and is now awaiting their response. This is not the f...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - September 12, 2016 Category: Food Science Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release eastern region nursing pensions Tracey Lambert UNISON Source Type: news

Raw egg headlines risk ‘confusing’ patients
Headlines about the improved safety of eating eggs could be “confusing” for pregnant women who should still take precautions, says the Royal College of Midwives. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - July 26, 2016 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Health workers and charities unite to urge rethink on NHS bursaries
Health workers and charities got together today to warn the government that its plans to abolish NHS bursaries and introduce student loans for those studying to become health professionals in England risks reducing the supply of vital health workers, when they are needed more than ever. They warn that the plans are “a short-sighted attempt to solve a long-term and complicated problem. “Moreover,” they warn, because the plans have not been properly risk-assessed, “continuing with them as they currently stand would be nothing short of reckless”. UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis joined repre...
Source: UNISON Health care news - June 18, 2016 Category: UK Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article News health care healthcare NHS NHS bursary NHS students nursing students save the NHS bursary Source Type: news

Maternity clinic for rape survivors
The Royal College of Midwives has announced the first UK maternity clinic offering specialist support to rape survivors. The clinic is a joint initiative between Barts Health NHS Trust, of which the Royal London Hospital is part of, and an organisation called My Body Back Project, which provides services to women who have been assaulted. It will provide clinical and psychological support, as well as mental health advice. Women who are not yet pregnant can also access pre-conceptual care. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - June 15, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New figures spark call for renewed focus on FGM
More than a 1,000 cases of female genital mutilation were reported in the first three months of this year, sparking calls for a national action plan from the Royal College of Midwives. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - June 8, 2016 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Cochrane Making a Difference: Midwifery
The Cochrane Making a Difference series focuses on stories of how Cochrane evidence has made an impact on real-world health decision making and outcomes. This story focuses on the improved outcomes that women experience in pregnancy and delivery when they are cared for by a midwife that they know.A Cochrane Review on continuity of midwife care was first published in 2004, and most recently updated in 2016. As more trials have been added to the Cochrane Review, uncertainties in the original findings have been reduced. The current evidence demonstrates that women who have received continuity of care from a midwife they know,...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - June 2, 2016 Category: Information Technology Authors: nowens at cochrane.org Source Type: news

UNISON members urge MPs to save the NHS bursary
Student nurses descended on Parliament today to tell MPs not to scrap the NHS bursary. Around 80 student nurses, midwives, health care assistants and others attended the mass lobby organised by UNISON and other organisations. The government plans to scrap the NHS bursary, which was originally set up to acknowledge the fact that nurses work for the NHS – for free – for half the time they’re studying. Today UNISON members told their MPs that it’s wrong to saddle nurses with what would amount to indvidual debt of £51,600. The NHS bursary is a lifeline for nursing, midwifery and other health stude...
Source: UNISON Health care news - May 25, 2016 Category: UK Health Authors: ellisro Tags: News NHS bursary NHS staff save the NHS bursary Source Type: news

Plans to scrap student bursaries may cost the NHS more not less, says new report
Government plans to scrap the bursary funding for students on nursing, midwifery and other health degrees will mean around 2,000 fewer people a year will study for a career in the NHS, according to a new independent economic analysis released today (Wednesday) by UNISON and NUS. This plummet in the number of NHS students will mean even fewer qualified new recruits for the NHS from 2020, causing trusts to spend more on agency staff or overseas recruitment to make up the inevitable shortfall in numbers, says the report. The publication of the study – commissioned by UNISON and NUS from London Economics – coincide...
Source: UNISON Health care news - May 24, 2016 Category: UK Health Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release bu NHS NHS bursary nursing Source Type: news

DR MAX THE MIND DOCTOR shares his view on abortion laws
Royal College of Midwives chief Cathy Warwick breezily committed all midwives to joining a tiny handful of countries where abortion is legal on demand until birth, writes DR MAX PEMBERTON. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 20, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Why midwife boss who wants abortion at ANY time must be fired writes ISABEL OAKESHOTT
ISABEL OAKESHOTT: What the blazes has got into the Royal College of Midwives? (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 17, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

RCM finds itself at centre of row over abortion laws
The Royal College of Midwives has been forced to clarify its position on termination after it found itself the focus of fierce criticism in the national press. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - May 16, 2016 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

How women can go 9 months without knowing they’re pregnant 
Professor Helen Cheyne, from the Royal College of Midwives, says one in about 2,500 births are cryptic pregnancies - where the mother has no idea she is expecting. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 11, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

RCM launches guides on menopause and equality in the workplace
The Royal College of Midwives has launched a series of five guides which look at issues including the menopause and equality in the workplace Hide related content:  Show related content read more (Source: Nursing in Practice)
Source: Nursing in Practice - April 29, 2016 Category: Nursing Authors: Kerrie Schofield Tags: Professional Editor ' s pick Latest News Source Type: news

RCM backs remaining in the European Union
The Royal College of Midwives is backing remaining in the European Union which it says protects midwives and the public Hide related content:  Show related content read more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - April 19, 2016 Category: Practice Management Authors: kschofield Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Latest News Source Type: news

RCM backs remaining in the European Union
The Royal College of Midwives is backing remaining in the European Union which it says protects midwives and the public Hide related content:  Show related content read more (Source: Nursing in Practice)
Source: Nursing in Practice - April 19, 2016 Category: Nursing Authors: Kerrie Schofield Tags: Professional Editor ' s pick Latest News Source Type: news

Midwives’ union latest to declare position on EU
The Royal College of Midwives has today announced it is in favour of remaining in the European Union, ahead of the referendum in June. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 19, 2016 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Staff increases 'insignificant', warns BMA
Modest increases in NHS staffing levels are ‘insignificant’ and go no way towards addressing the vast challenges facing the health service, according to the BMA. The warning comes after a report published by the HSCIC (Health and Social Care Information Centre) showed a 1.8 per cent rise in overall numbers of FTE (full-time-equivalent) staff working in the NHS in the period ending 30 September 2015, compared to the same period the previous year. BMA council chair Mark Porter (pictured) said that the increase, which translates to an additional 18,300 across the whole health service, would not begin to address th...
Source: BMA News - March 31, 2016 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Interim RCOG/RCM/PHE/HPS (Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists/Royal College of Midwives/Public Health England/Health Protection Scotland) Clinical Guidelines: Zika Virus Infection and Pregnancy Information for Healthcare Professionals; Updated 03/11/16
Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. 03/11/2016This 13-page document provides guidelines updated on March 11, 2016, on Zika virus in pregnancy for healthcare professionals. It discusses Zika epidemiology, transmission, symptoms, and Zika virus in the Americas and microcephaly. It includes advice for pregnant women, and recommendations for pregnant women who have traveled to an area of Zika virus transmission. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - March 30, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Mom Schools The Internet On The Magic Of Breast Milk In Viral Post
A mom's viral Facebook post is teaching the Internet about the power of breast milk. On Feb. 14, Mallory Smothers posted a photo of two side-by-side bags of her pumped breast milk from two consecutive days. The bag on the right contained milk pumped on the second day, after a night spent nursing her baby, who had started coming down with a cold. Citing a 2013 study from Clinical and Translational Immunology, Smothers offered a possible explanation for the discrepancy in appearance between the two milks. "I read an article from a medical journal not too long ago about how Mom's milk changes to tailor baby's needs in m...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - February 23, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Interim RCOG/RCM/PHE/HPS (Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists/Royal College of Midwives/Public Health England/Health Protection Scotland) Clinical Guidelines: Zika Virus Infection and Pregnancy Information for Healthcare Professionals
Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. 01/29/2016This 13-page document provides guidelines on Zika virus in pregnancy for healthcare professionals. It discusses Zika epidemiology, transmission, symptoms, and Zika virus in the Americas and microcephaly. It includes advice for pregnant women, and recommendations for pregnant women who have traveled to an area of Zika virus transmission. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - February 5, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Britain's older midwives are a ticking timebomb that needs defusing - fast
A new report has found that Britain's ageing midwives are struggling to cope with a rise in births among women over 40. Royal College of Midwives chief Cathy Warwick explains why mums deserve so much better (Source: Telegraph Health)
Source: Telegraph Health - October 28, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: maternity care pregnancy baby birth NHS pregnant midwives midwife older mother hosptial Source Type: news