52% of respondents said they ‘strongly agree’ or ‘agree’ with the statement ‘I am worried about making a mistake at work because I am exhausted.’
The survey was carried out as part of the ‘Caring for You’ campaign, organised by The Royal College of Midwives (RCM), which aims to promote midwives’ health and wellbeing at work so that they are able to provide a high standard of maternity care to women and babies.
According to the survey, 48% said they felt stressed every day or most days with 78% suggesting this was due to their workload.
A midwife from Scotland said: “We are constantly telling our managers that the workload is unacceptable but they say there is nothing they can do about it.
“I constantly worry in case I have missed something important that could have a detrimental affect [sic] on patients.”
While a high percentage of respondents feeling stressed because of their workload, 87% ‘strongly agree’ or ‘agree’ that they felt comfortable in raising concerns about unsafe clinical practice.
Director for Services to Members at the RCM, Suzanne Tyler, said: “When staff are overworked, under intense pressure and struggling to provide the best care, their physical and mental health suffers. This has a negative impact on their ability to work to the highest levels and standards of care and safety decline.
“This campaign is not just about caring for staff; it is also about enabling them to deliver the best possible care to women, babies and their families. Supportive and open workplaces benefit both staff and service users. Research shows that when staff wellbeing is supported, employee involvement increases, motivation and performance levels increase and outcomes for women improve.”
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