The RCM (Royal College of Midwives) is warning all midwives that midwifery regulations are due to change, following a report for the NMC (Nursing and Midwifery Council) by the King’s Fund.
Changes will be made to the regulatory framework, however the “exact nature of these changes” have yet to be confirmed.
So far, it has been revealed that regulations concerning midwifery supervision will be removed through an Order in Parliament.
It is expected these changes will take place in 2016.
The news of these current changes to midwifery regulations come shortly after both the RCM and NMC called for certain aspects of midwifery supervision to be removed (investigations and suspensions from practice).
However the RCM and NMC did not agree that it should be removed altogether.
On their website, the RCM says: “The supportive elements are vital for midwives in their practice and the King’s Fund report recognised that these have a value.
“The RCM has been part of a UK wide group led by the DH and the four Chief Nursing Officers developing proposals for how this midwifery clinical supervision can survive and proposer post the loss of provisions for statutory supervision in law.”
The RCM has said that a report and recommendations is expected to be published in the autumn.
In an attempt to voice their concerns, as well as views from other midwives, the RCM is asking healthcare professionals to be aware of these proposed changes and “to lobby decision makers such as your local MP on our behalf”.
Read the RCM’s full response here.