Members of NCT have voted to amend the charity’s articles, enabling the transfer of ownership of the Midwives Information and Resource Service (MIDIRS) to the Royal College of Midwives (RCM).
MIDIRS is a service established by midwives for midwives, providing much-valued information, research and guidance to support their work. Transferring MIDIRS from NCT to the RCM will place it at the heart of the midwifery community.
Suzanne Tyler RCM’s Executive Director for Services to Members said; “The RCM feels honoured that the NCT and its members have voted to transfer the ownership of MIDIRS to the RCM.
“Over the past eighteen month the RCM and NCT have been in detailed discussions about securing the future of the already successful MIDIRS service which will now continue to thrive in its new home at the RCM.
“Transferring MIDIRS from NCT to the RCM will return MIDIRS to its natural home within the midwifery community. This will undoubtedly further strengthen and enhance the services RCM offers our members with our existing magazine Midwives and our online learning platform i-learn and i-folio.
“MIDIRS was set up by midwives and is recognised nationally and internationally as an authoritative and valuable information resource service providing midwives and others access to research, evidence and guidance on which to base their individual practice.
“This transfer has come about because of the mutually respectful and trusting relations between the RCM and NCT; both organisations seeking to do what is best for MIDIRS, for midwives and for women.”
Cathy Ashwin, Head of MIDIRS and Editor of MIDIRS Midwifery Digest, said;
“This is an exciting landmark in MIDIRS history and we are very excited at the prospect of being part of the RCM. The transfer, while in its early stages, means we can now start to focus on the further development of our services and in providing midwives with the enhanced support they need in their practice and studies. We are at the start of a unique journey and look forward to sharing details of its progress with our subscribers over the coming months”.
Sam Grimstone, NCT Executive Director for Communications and Development, said; “This is an exciting time and opens possibilities for MIDIRS to reach even greater numbers of midwives in the UK and abroad. The MIDIRS staff team and its Advisory Committee and Editorial Board have been involved in the discussions about how the transfer will work and are all supportive of the plan.
“This decision comes after eighteen months of detailed discussion between the two organisations about securing the future of the hugely successful midwife information service. Over the coming months NCT and RCM will work together to ensure a safe and smooth transition, with no change for existing subscribers.”
To contact MIDIRS call 0117 370 6799 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
To contact the RCM Media Office call 020 7312 3456, or email: email@example.com.
To contact the NCT Press Office call 020 8752 2412 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The RCM is the only trade union and professional association dedicated to serving midwifery and the whole midwifery team. We provide workplace advice and support, professional and clinical guidance and information, and learning opportunities with our broad range of events, conferences and online resources. For more information visit the RCM website.
NCT is the UK’s largest charity for parents. Each year it supports millions of parents through their First 1,000 Days, offering evidence-based information and trusted practical and emotional support through its website, helpline, a nationwide network of over 300 local branches, antenatal and postnatal classes, breastfeeding counselling and peer support schemes. For more information call NCT on 0300 330 0770 or visit www.nct.org.uk.
MIDIRS provides effective information resources that help maternity health care professionals or students succeed in their professional development and studies. Its mission is ‘To be the leading international information resource relating to childbirth and infancy, disseminating this information as widely as possible to assist in the improvement of maternity care’. The quarterly journal, MIDIRS Midwifery Digest, and the MIDIRS Reference Database, an abstracting and indexing database providing over 250,000 article references, are available to access through a subscription package. For more information visit: www.midirs.org or call 0117 370 6799.