The Royal College of Midwives and maternity managers in Rotherham are working together to improve the support available for midwives and maternity colleagues after The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust signed the Royal College of Midwives’ (RCM) Caring for You Charter this week.
The Caring for You Campaign aims to improve the health, safety and wellbeing of midwives so they are able to continue providing the highest levels of maternity care for women and their families.
Launched in June, the campaign is aiming to get NHS organisations across the UK to sign up to the Caring for You Charter.
Audra Muxlow, Head of Midwifery at The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust said: “I am incredibly proud to have signed this charter on behalf of our midwives. Our midwives are motivated and passionate about caring for women and their families: we are investing in our teams with the same passion and motivation to support their wellbeing in delivering excellent care. I look forward to working with all my colleagues and the RCM to instil this charter and its five key principles into everything we do.”
Lynne Galvin, RCM Regional Officer for Yorkshire, said: “I am delighted that the Trust has signed the Charter. They have a committed team of midwives and maternity support workers at the Trust. This is a very positive move by the trust and I welcome their commitment to staff and the people they care for.”
When signing the charter, organisations are committing to five key principles:
1. Work in partnership with the RCM Health and Safety Representative to develop and implement an action plan about health, safety and wellbeing issues that are important to the maternity workforce and maternity service users
2. Ensure that midwives and maternity support workers have access to a variety of shift patterns and flexible working and promote a positive workplace culture around working time including taking breaks
3. Foster a positive working environment for all by signing up to the RCM/RCOG statement of commitment calling for zero tolerance policy on undermining and bullying behaviours
4. Enable midwives and maternity support workers to access occupational health and other organisational policies for both their mental and physical health, safety and wellbeing.
5. Nurture a compassionate and supportive workplace that cares for midwives and maternity support workers so that they can care for women and their families.
For more information on the Caring for You campaign visit: https://www.rcm.org.uk/caring-for-you-campaign
Andrew Johnson, Communications Officer, The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust
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L-R: Audra Muxlow, Head of Midwifery; Lynne Galvin, RCM Regional Officer for Yorkshire; Rosie Hotchin, Midwife; Jane Manderson, Trust RCM Lead; Michelle Spracklen, Midwife.