Exclusive: Midwife union targets need for leadership boost
All NHS trusts should have a director of midwifery to avoid maternity services getting “lost” within nursing, according to the chief executive and general secretary of the Royal College of Midwives. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - November 8, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Brexit warning that England may try and poach Welsh midwives
The midwifery workforce in Wales could be under threat if England attempts to poach midwives to plug staffing gaps caused by Brexit, warns a report by the Royal College of Midwives. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - November 6, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Midwives ‘failing to realise’ they are domestic abuse victims
Midwives trained to recognise domestic abuse and support women sometimes do not realise or acknowledge they are victims themselves, reveals new research by the Royal College of Midwives. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - October 9, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

RCM reveals state of midwifery services in England and Scotland
The current challenges facing the midwifery profession in England and Scotland have been laid bare by a new investigation by the Royal College of Midwives. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - September 12, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Royal college recommends universal provision of ‘baby boxes’ in UK
The Royal College of Midwives has announced that it supports the universal provision of baby boxes in the UK. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 2, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Call for clear guidance on healthy weight management in pregnancy
The Royal College of Midwives and Slimming World are calling for clearer guidance on healthy weight management for expectant mothers, along with more support, training and equipment for midwives. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - July 16, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Midwives must ‘respect women’s rights’ on breastfeeding
Midwives must respect a woman ’s decision not to breastfeed her baby, says the Royal College of Midwives in a new position statement on the hotly-debated topic. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - June 13, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Bottle feeding is a woman's right, midwives told
Opting out of breastfeeding is a woman’s choice and must be respected, says the Royal College of Midwives. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - June 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Majority of nursing union members vote to accept NHS pay deal
Members of the major NHS unions, including the Royal College of Nursing, Unison, Unite and the Royal College of Midwives, have all voted to accept the health service pay deal currently on offer in England. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - June 8, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

One million NHS staff across England to get a pay rise
Over a million hospital cleaners, nurses, security guards, physiotherapists, emergency call handlers, paramedics, midwives, radiographers and other NHS staff across England will now benefit from a three-year pay deal, say health unions today (Friday). Since March when the offer was first made, the 14 unions have been asking NHS staff whether they want to accept or reject the proposed pay rise, which would mean a 6.5% increase for most staff over the next three years, with more for the lowest paid. With the results of these consultation exercises and online ballots now in, unions announced at a meeting today that ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - June 8, 2018 Category: Food Science Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: Article NHS nhs pay public services Source Type: news

Midwives ’ college launches member consultation on pay offer
The Royal College of Midwives has today launched its membership consultation on the NHS pay proposals negotiated between the government, employers and unions. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - May 1, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

NHS: Over 3,000 more midwifery training places offered
The Royal College of Midwives welcomes the move but says training "is only half of the problem". (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - March 25, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Proposed NHS pay agreement to benefit more than a million staff across England
Over a million hospital porters, 999 call handlers, healthcare assistants, nurses, midwives and other NHS staff across England are being offered long overdue pay rises of between 6.5 and 29% over the next three years, say health unions today (Wednesday). Under the proposed agreement – reached after months of negotiation between the unions, NHS employers and the government – hospital caterers, cleaners, porters and other staff on the lowest pay grade would get an immediate pay rise of over £2,000 this year (an increase of between 11 and 13%). This would mean that from 1 April every NHS worker in England is...
Source: UNISON Health care news - March 21, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release NHS nhs pay Sara Gorton Source Type: news

Lanarkshire and Coventry named ‘midwifery services of year’
Midwives and maternity support workers from Lanarkshire in Scotland and the East Midlands in England have been named as the “midwifery services the year” by the Royal College of Midwives. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - March 8, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Unions sign unique deal designed to ‘Brexit proof midwives’
Royal College of Midwives and the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation are to sign a “historic partnership” today, meaning they will look after each other’s members working across the border. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - January 22, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Health unions react to NHS workforce strategy draft plans
Health unions are today (Wednesday) renewing their call for a coherent strategy to improve recruitment and retention, equality and diversity, workloads, well-being and career prospects as the government publishes its workforce plans.  Over the last three years unions representing cleaners, nurses, doctors, radiographers, pharmacists, midwives, medical secretaries, paramedics, caterers, dental technicians, as well as porters, managers, and allied health professionals have identified areas of improvement that would give the NHS a more flexible positive workplace culture. Chair of the NHS unions and UNISON head of h...
Source: UNISON Health care news - December 14, 2017 Category: UK Health Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release NHS public services Sara Gorton Source Type: news

Health unions welcome moves on pay but warn against making staff foot the bill
  Commenting on the news that the health secretary has today (Thursday) written to the chair of the NHS pay review body to begin the process around the pay award for health staff in 2018/19, UNISON head of health and chair of the NHS unions Sara Gorton said: “It’s good that at long last the wheels have started to move. Exasperated the government seemed to be ignoring NHS pay, health unions took the initiative earlier in the autumn and submitted their own pay claim. Something they’d not needed to do in years. “But today’s letter means that talks can now begin to discuss the much-needed rev...
Source: UNISON Health care news - December 7, 2017 Category: UK Health Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release health NHS nhs pay pay up now PRB Sara Gorton Source Type: news

Continuity of care 'boosts quality of midwife provision'
The quality of maternity care for women is greatly enhanced by seeing the same midwife or group of midwives but many still do not get continuity of care, says a report by the Royal College of Midwives. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - November 3, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Midwife shortages driving 'reliance' on temporary staff
Temporary staffing costs in UK maternity units rose to almost £100m last year, according to figures obtained by the Royal College of Midwives. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - October 31, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

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