Speaker: Gill Adgie
Facilitator: Cindy Nelly
Recording: Check HERE
The Royal College of Midwives decided to run a major campaign focusing on members’ health safety and wellbeing between May 2016 and December 2017 working in the National Health Service. There had been a growing interest from RCM members about health, safety and wellbeing issues, in particular the impact of shift working; stress in the workplace, undermining behaviours and the need to work longer following changes to pensions
The RCM campaign was designed to be both member and public facing, embracing a number of existing work strands that focus on high quality care for women and protecting the health and wellbeing of our members.
The campaign encompassed all four United Kingdom countries; it enabled the RCM to organise locally with workplace representatives, branches and members to build the foundations of the RCM’s health, and safety and wellbeing work with the aim to embed it as an organisational norm.
We launched the campaign in May 2016 with the aim of improving RCM members’ health safety and wellbeing so they are able to provide high quality care for women and their families
- Maternity Working Conditions inc: staffing levels, shift lengths, working longer, taking breaks
- NHS Cultures inc: Undermining Behaviours, Bullying, Standing Up for High Standards, listening to front line staff
- Positive Working Styles inc: how continuity of care can be a win:win; flexibility and relationship based care
- Resilience & Coping inc: post-traumatic stress, resilience techniques, leadership and supervision, reducing stress and promoting positive mental health
Discussion will include our member survey which informed our campaign, the success of the campaign across the UK with examples of good practice the research we supported and the next steps for the RCM.