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Six maternity pilot sites to shape midwifery supervision in England

On 31st October 2016, NHS England has announced six maternity pilot sites to drive the plan of new approaches to midwifery supervision, helping to increase the excellence of care for women and their babies.

The six pilot sites will establish a new model of midwifery supervision in England before governmental changes due in spring 2017.

The objective of the midwifery supervision in England is to support midwives through all aspects of their role leading to advancements in maternity experiences and the excellence of care in all parts of the health system. This includes advancements to the complete work experience, reduced sickness, increased job satisfaction and better staff development.

Head of Maternity, Children and Young People’s Services for NHS England, Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent said midwives have a uniquely satisfying, significant and privileged role. The new model will be helpful in providing midwives with a continuous enhancement process that builds Professional and personal strength to improve the NHS quality of care for women and their babies.

She further added that the new model will also support in preparation for appraisal and professional revalidation of midwives. The new six pilot sites will play a major role in modelling the new model of supervision. She is looking forward to working closely with these pilot sites.

The successful pilots represent a range of maternity providers from across the England. The Six maternity pilot sites are:

  • Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
  • Airedale NHS Foundation Trust
  • University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust
  • Whittington Health
  • Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust.

In addition to the pilot sites, University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust will also be working with an independent maternity provider to test the model for independent midwives working across large geographical areas.

In October, NHS has invited maternity providers to apply for pilot status and successful applicants have disclosed the evidence of the following qualities in their proposals:

  • Keenness to test new approach and share their learning
  • Leadership and organisation working
  • Governance and resources

NHS England will run a series of webinars and publish commissioning guidance to support the maternity system to be prepared for implementation.

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