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Getting national buy-in for safe midwifery staffing

Sean O’Sullivan Head of Health and Social Policy The Royal College of Midwives spoke at today’s Safe Midwife Staffing in Maternity Settings conference on:

• how safe staffing guidelines can inform the national debate on midwife numbers
• demand and supply factors affecting the size of the midwifery workforce
• what the RCM is doing to lobby national policy makers

Getting national buy-in for safe midwifery staffing

In addition to helping local maternity services determine how many midwives are needed to deliver safe and responsive care, the NICE safe staffing guideline can inform an assessment of midwifery staffing requirements for England as a whole. This presentation will:

  • address the question of whether the NHS in England currently employs enough midwives to comply with the safe staffing guidelines;
  • examine the principal demand and supply factors that are shaping the size and composition of the midwifery workforce; and
  • outline how the RCM will be supporting effective implementation of the guideline at local and national level.

Sean’s full presentation is available for download at the end of this page.

Sean has headed up the RCM’s Policy Unit since its formation in 2003. In that time the Policy Unit has played a key role in campaigning and lobbying for increased resources and staffing for maternity services across the UK as well as promoting the involvement of midwives in governance and strategic decision-making. Sean had previously been employed as the RCM’s Employment Relations Advisor, a post he first took up on joining the RCM in 1995.

Before his employment with the RCM, Sean’s background was in employment relations, having worked as a branch administrator for Unison (and before that Nalgo).

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