Delivering midwifery intrapartum care where local COVID-19 escalation protocols are required to be enacted, NHS England
This document assists maternity services during the COVID-19 pandemic to continue to deliver safe, high quality, one-to-one care in labour where local COVID-19 protocols are required to be enacted. It was developed by collaboratively between NHS England and NHS Improvement, the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and the Royal College of Midwives (RCM). (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Turn appreciation and applause for NHS staff into  an early wage rise, say health unions
The government should build on the huge public support shown for the NHS during the pandemic by giving health workers across the UK an early pay rise, say health unions today (Friday). The 14 unions – representing more than 1.3 million nurses, cleaners, physiotherapists, healthcare assistants, dieticians, radiographers, porters, midwives, paramedics and other NHS employees – have written both to the Chancellor and the Prime Minister calling for pay talks to start soon so staff get a wage boost before the end of the year. In the letters, the unions – including UNISON, the Royal Col...
Source: UNISON Health care news - July 3, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release coronavirus coronavirus health workers nhs pay Sara Gorton Source Type: news

Coronavirus (COVID-19) infection and pregnancy, RCOG (updated 4th June 2020)
This is guidance for healthcare professionals on coronavirus (COVID-19) infection in pregnancy, published by the RCOG, Royal College of Midwives, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, Public Health England and Public Health Scotland. This is version 10 (published 4th June) and has been updated to condense the content and ensure the evidence and rationale for advice is explicit. Also contains: new content on labour and birth for women who asymptomatic of COVID-19 updates to advice for women with clinical deterioration reference to the new testing frameworks further advice regarding prevention of venous-thro...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - June 8, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New agreement to ensure NHS staff in England are paid properly for every working hour
Health workers across England should now be paid properly for every hour they’re at work during the pandemic, following an agreement reached between health unions and NHS employers today (Friday). Since March staff have been working flat out, treating and caring for patients, and keeping the NHS running under immense pressure – but often not getting paid for all the hours they put in, says UNISON. Some NHS trusts have made sure staff are paid for every hour of overtime worked, but this hasn’t been the case everywhere. That’s why 15 unions representing staff working in English NHS trusts – incl...
Source: UNISON Health care news - May 29, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release coronavirus health pay Sara Gorton Unpaid overtime Source Type: news

Coronavirus (COVID-19) infection and pregnancy, RCOG (updated 13th May 2020)
Version 9: updated 13th May 2020. Guidance for healthcare professionals on coronavirus (COVID-19) infection in pregnancy, published by the RCOG, Royal College of Midwives, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, Public Health England and Public Health Scotland. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Health unions publish blueprint for the safe opening up of the NHS
Fast, comprehensive and accessible testing, and the ongoing, ample supply of protective kit are among measures that must be in place for the NHS to be opened up safely as the UK begins to ease the lockdown, say health unions today (Friday). The 16 unions – including UNISON, the Royal College of Nursing, the Royal College of Midwives, the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, Unite and GMB – have drawn up a nine-point blueprint, which also calls for staff to be paid properly for every hour worked. The unions want to ensure that – as out-patient clinics and operations resume – the NHS continues to opera...
Source: UNISON Health care news - May 15, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Sophie Goodchild Tags: News Press release blueprint Covid-19 NHS PPE Source Type: news

Health unions call on Matt Hancock to recognise student contribution and abolish tuition fees
Four leading unions have called on the Health Secretary to recognise the significant contribution by – and disruption to – nursing, midwifery and allied healthcare students during the current crisis by abolishing tuition fees and reimbursing those already paid. The Royal College of Midwives, the Royal College of Nursing, UNISON and the National Union of Students (NUS) have today (6 May) written to Matt Hancock asking him to “acknowledge students’ selfless service, not only with words, but in a tangible and quantifiable way”. They are asking that he: reimburse tuition fees or forgive current d...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - May 6, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release coronavirus nursing nursing students tuition fees Source Type: news

Country falls silent to remember all workers who ’ve died during pandemic
Commenting on today’s silence to remember and give thanks to all the workers who’ve died during the pandemic, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “It was incredibly moving to see the entire nation fall silent and pay its respects to all the health, care, council and transport workers who’ve tragically lost their lives to the virus. “The sight of government offices, workplaces and homes across the UK pausing for a moment of quiet reflection brought home the overwhelming sense of gratitude we all feel. “While most of us were safe at home, these workers were putting themse...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - April 28, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release coronavirus dave prentis international workers' memorial day minute's silence Source Type: news

Search Pack P200 Coronavirus (COVID-19), The Royal College of Midwives
This pack includes records on all aspects of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in pregnancy, labour and the postnatal period and also Includes risk of transmission to the infant, and provision of maternal health services. Free to midwives, students and MSWs, updated on a weekly basis. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - April 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Remember COVID-19 dead this International Workers ’ Memorial Day
Tuesday 28 April is International Workers’ Memorial Day, when we remember all those who have died because of their work – and renew our pledge to fight for the living. In the year of coronavirus, this day of commemoration has never been more important. And that is why UNISON is asking the country to observe a minute’s silence, to remember all the health, care and other key workers who have already lost their lives to COVID-19. The campaign for a minute’s silence at 11am next Tuesday was launched earlier this week by UNISON, the Royal College of Nursing and the Royal College of Midwives, which c...
Source: UNISON Health care news - April 21, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article international workers' memorial day Source Type: news

Coronavirus (COVID-19) infection and pregnancy, Updated 17th April, RCOG
Version 8: updated Friday 17 April 2020. Guidance for healthcare professionals on coronavirus (COVID-19) infection in pregnancy, published by the RCOG, Royal College of Midwives, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, Public Health England and Public Health Scotland. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - April 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Coronavirus (COVID-19) infection and pregnancy, RCOG (updated 17th April 2020)
Version 8: updated Friday 17 April 2020. Q&As relating to this guidance Guidance for healthcare professionals on coronavirus (COVID-19) infection in pregnancy, published by the RCOG, Royal College of Midwives, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, Public Health England and Public Health Scotland. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - April 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Call for minute ’s silence to honour all workers who have died from coronavirus
The country is to be asked to observe a minute’s silence next Tuesday (28 April) to remember all the health, care and other key workers who have lost their lives to coronavirus, in a campaign launched today (Monday) by three health unions. UNISON, the Royal College of Nursing and the Royal College of Midwives – who between them represent more than a million NHS and public service workers, including porters, refuse collectors and care staff – are urging politicians, employers, people at work and those on lockdown at home to join the tribute at 11am. The minute’s silence – held on International ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - April 20, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release dave prentis international workers' memorial day key workers Source Type: news

New PPE guidance for NHS teams
The UK Government and NHS leaders from a range of medical and nursing royal colleges have published new guidance about personal protective equipment (PPE) for NHS teams who are likely to come into contact with patients with coronavirus. The guidance has been agreed by the four Chief Medical Officers, Chief Nursing Officers and Chief Dental Officers in the UK and is applicable in all parts of the UK. The updated guidance reflects the fact that coronavirus is now widespread in the community, meaning clinicians are more likely to see patients with the virus, some of whom may have minimal or no symptoms. The guidance is based ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - April 2, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Garfield Myrie Tags: Article coronavirus Covid-19 gloves health masks pandemic PPE public health England Sara Gorton Source Type: news

Lack of protective equipment for health and social care staff is “a crisis within a crisis”
The heads of Britain’s health and social care unions have today (Wednesday) warned ministers that the lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) for health and social care workers is a “crisis within a crisis”.     In a joint statement – signed by seven organisations including UNISON, the Royal College of Midwives, GMB, Unite and TUC – they call on the government to urgently increase the supply of PPE to staff in the NHS and social care.  The union leaders warn that workers&nb...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - April 1, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: Article News Press release coronavirus coronavirus health workers NHS PPE TUC Source Type: news

Coronavirus: Pregnant women ‘should keep antenatal appointments’
The Royal College of Midwives says it is "essential" women attend their antenatal appointments. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - March 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

No elevated risk of coronavirus in pregnancy, experts say
No evidence virus passes to foetus during pregnancy, according to latest researchCoronavirus – latest updatesPregnant women do not appear to be more susceptible to severe Covid-19 symptoms and there is no evidence that the virus can pass to a baby during pregnancy, according to newguidance.The guidelines, issued by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, Royal College of Midwives and Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, offer reassurance to pregnant women in the UK who until now have not been given any specific details on whether they or their baby are at greater risk.Continue reading... (Sou...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - March 10, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Hannah Devlin Science correspondent Tags: Coronavirus outbreak Science Pregnancy Health & wellbeing Infectious diseases Life and style Parents and parenting World news UK news China Asia Pacific Medical research Source Type: news

Midwives in NI to vote on industrial action
The Royal College of Midwives says its members are paid less than their counterparts in GB. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - January 6, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medical royal colleges and homeless charities call for doctors to receive mandatory training in keeping homeless patients off the streets
The Royal College of Physicians (RCP), along with seven other medical royal colleges and homeless charities, has called on the Government to urgently address the needs of homeless people treated in the NHS. The organisations made their call in a collective response to the government’s consultation on the Homelessness Reduction Act (HRA), which includes a duty to refer homeless patients in Accident and Emergency departments to their local housing authority. Since its implementation in 2017, it is still unclear whether the HRA’s mandate that hospitals must refer homeless people on, is having any real benefit. Ane...
Source: Doctors of the World News - October 25, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Martina Villa Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

Five new Mary Seacole scholars are unveiled
Five nursing and midwifery specialists were inducted as scholars at this year’s prestigious Mary Seacole awards today (Thursday 24 October) at a ceremony at St Thomas’ Hospital in London. UNISON co-sponsors the awards, which offer an opportunity for healthcare workers to undertake a project, educational or development activity that benefits and improves the health of people from BME communities. Recipients have been working on their projects for the past year, funded by Health Education England, and today is the culmination of all their hard work. The awards are in memory of Mary Seacole, the Jamaican Scottish ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - October 24, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release nursing Source Type: news

Midwives urge the Government to scrap NHS charges for foreign pregnant women
The Royal College of Midwives, based in London, says its members are being forced to carry out 'racial profiling' when establishing who is eligible for free care. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 9, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

No-deal will leave NHS gasping for breath
Commenting on the statement from the TUC and health unions on the threat posed to the NHS by a no-deal Brexit, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Boris Johnson is setting a timebomb for the NHS. The promises of more cash for the health service made during the referendum were just empty words. “No deal will instead leave the NHS gasping for breath, creating chaos for the hard-working staff and spelling potential disaster for patients.” Notes to editors: – The full statement (embargoed to 00.01hrs Thursday 29 August) reads: “Together we represent more than a million health an...
Source: UNISON Health care news - August 29, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release BREXIT dave prentis government Source Type: news

RCM demands independent inquiry into midwifery firm collapse
The Royal College of Midwives has called for an independent investigation into the shock collapse of a private community midwifery company.   (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 8, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

College awards five leading midwives with fellowships
Five midwives from across the UK have received a prestigious Royal College of Midwives fellowship for their contribution to the profession across a variety of fields. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - June 13, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Most maternity services 'lack smoking cessation midwife'
Almost 70% of heads of midwifery report being without a stop smoking specialist midwife in their maternity team, according the Royal College of Midwives. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - May 31, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Call from RCM to end bullying and harassment of NHS staff
Words must be turned into action to eradicate bullying and harassment affecting midwifery and neonatal staff, the Royal College of Midwives has said ahead of a congress held in Scotland this week. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 15, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

New charter sets out role for volunteers in supporting the NHS
A pioneering charter showing how volunteers can make a valuable contribution to the NHS in England, without undermining paid staff or affecting patient safety, is being launched today (Thursday) by health unions and Helpforce. The aim is to ensure that the tens of thousands of people who give up their time to provide comfort and help to patients are given guidance about their roles. It’s also intended to safeguard against their use as cheap substitutes for trained health staff. There are an estimated 78,000 volunteers providing help and support to patients in hospitals across England. This might include running book ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - April 4, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release NHS NHS England Sara Gorton volunteers Source Type: news

New guidance for midwives to help support homeless women
New guidance for midwives to support pregnant women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness has been published today by the Royal College of Midwives. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - March 12, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

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 2/27/19
Source: Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. Published: 2/27/2019. This 12-page document, updated in February 2019, provides guidelines on Zika virus in pregnancy for healthcare professionals. It discusses Zika epidemiology, transmission, symptoms, and prevention. It includes advice for pregnant women and couples considering pregnancy, and recommendations for pregnant women whose partner has been to an area with risk for Zika virus transmission, and any pregnant woman with possible exposure to Zika virus, presenting with fetal ultrasound findings consistent with microcephaly. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Res...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - February 27, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

FGM survivors ‘need more access to specialist health services’
Many FGM survivors in the UK are not getting the specialist healthcare they need, according to the Royal College of Midwives, which has called for action to improve support. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - February 6, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

RCM signs agreement with charity to run benevolent fund
The Royal College of Midwives has signed an agreement with the charity Cavell Nurses ’ Trust, which will see the charity run the union’s benevolent fund. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - November 28, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

New tool to help assess continuity of care in maternity services
The Royal College of Midwives has published a new tool to help maternity services assess the continuity of midwife care provided for expectant and new mums. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - November 12, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

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 12, 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