Maternity staffing standards
Gill Adgie from the Royal College of Midwives spoke about how Trusts could and should use the Birth Rate Plus Assessment to make sure they have the correct midwifery staffing levels. And Jo Mountfield from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists said that with the correct funding the professions could lead the work that was needed to come up with a safety standard for medical staffing that took into account the complexity as well as volume of births..
Sara Ledger from Baby Lifeline made a strong case for the need for further investment maternity safety in training and to ensure that all staff get time as well as funding for that training.
Regulators on Maternity Safety
On Tuesday 19th January the Health Select Committee heard from both the Andrea Sutcliffe , CEO of the Nursing and Midwifery Council and Charlie Massey CEO of the General Medical Council both about their efforts to reduce the fear of speaking out felt by many doctors, nurses and midwives and the importance of eliminating a blame culture. Andrea Sutcliffe spoke about the adversarial nature of our current system and Charlie Massey on the lessons learned from the Bawa-Garba case. Andrea spoke about the Future Midwife Standards and the way forward for the Midwifery profession.
The High Court permits an appeal by the UK gender identity service
NHS trust has been allowed to appeal against a high court decision that barred it from referring under-16s for puberty-blocking treatment.
Covid-related deaths in care homes in England jump by 46%
Deaths in care homes in England have hit the highest level since mid-May, according to the latest official figures, which revealed a 46% jump in coronavirus-related deaths in the last week as the more transmissible variant of Covid-19 causes very concerning issues in care homes.
NHS CEO Sir Simon Stevens pays tribute to staff
Chief executive of NHS England marked the anniversary of the first confirmed coronavirus patients being treated by paying tribute to his staff’s “extraordinary work in a year like no other”. Sir Simon Stevens said: “The pandemic is the greatest public health emergency in NHS history, but in the past 12 months the NHS has achieved things many would have thought impossible.”
Bullying on NHS maternity units and poor training a risk to safety, Select Committee told by regulators
Doctors and midwives working in maternity services face worse levels of bullying than any other part of the NHS, MPs on the Select Committee have been told.
‘I have never seen so many nurses cry during shifts’ – the mental health of NHS workers is a significant concern
NHS staff are physically and emotionally exhausted. The Covid-19 pandemic has exposed a system affected by staff shortages and inadequate funding – a system that has relied on goodwill for many years.
Pregnant women going for scans alone in Covid 19 pandemic are told they cannot film baby
Pregnant women attending scans and appointments alone are being told they cannot record or take photographs of their unborn child to show their partner, according to a survey.
Maternity staff face burnout amid staff shortages
Maternity staff are facing extreme burnout during the pandemic as staff shortages and longer, shift patterns lead to the workforce becoming increasingly overwhelmed. The warnings come as a report by Make Birth Better, shared exclusively with the Independent, found many healthcare staff report having received no emotional support at all.