The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) have put in place proposals to ensure midwifery regulations and advice remain accessible despite impending abolishment of the NMC Midwifery Committee.
The NMC debated the paper Future Advice on Midwifery Regulation on Wednesday 25 January, where it was agreed that effective arrangements must be in place to continue to support midwives going forward.
The Royal College of Midwives (RCM), who observed the meeting, have said they are pleased with the outcome.
Director for Midwifery at the RCM, Louise Silverton, said: “We are particularly pleased with the outcome of today’s discussions which will ensure the voice of midwifery remains within the regulator for the future.”
The RCM was against the removal of the NMC Midwifery Committee, as well as 91% of midwives also opposing it during the government consultation period.
“Sadly, the requirement in law for a Midwifery Committee will go. The RCM does not support this move neither did the overwhelming majority of midwives who responded to the DH consultation on the move, but the strength of our collective efforts have compelled the NMC to take steps to strengthen the voice of midwives within the NMC. It was acknowledged that they need to mainstream midwifery matters at the Council,” Louise Silverton added.
A Midwifery Panel will now be created to provide “strategic input into policy or regulatory proposals affecting midwifery matters.”
The NMC also said it will commit to creating midwifery-specific expert groups when it reviews certain areas of pre-registration education and to develop a broad plan to ensure midwifery forms a distinct part of what the regulator does.
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