RCM: New report backs innovation for midwives

Originally posted by Rob Dabrowski

Innovation and Improvement in Maternity Services We should empower frontline staff to innovate and improve their services, according to a new study.  It says it is possible to deliver high-quality, safe and effective care when midwives are engaged and lead on innovation.

The study has been launched by the RCM and the Involvement and participation Association (IPA).It features examples of innovative practice from across England, including a pioneering apprenticeship programme for maternity support workers at Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

It also covers a programme aimed at empowering midwives to redesign work within the maternity unit at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, a scheme in NHS South Central region which harnessed the power of networks to drive change, and the role of team leaders in modernising and improving midwifery services at East Cheshire NHS Trust. 

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