Since the Charter was launched in June, 43 maternity units have signed up. The Caring for You Charter aims to improve the health, wellbeing and safety of midwives, student midwives and maternity support workers.
The RCM set up the Charter following research that suggested when there is support for the wellbeing of staff employee involvement increases, motivation and performance levels improve.
Director for Services to Members at the RCM, Suzanne Tyler, said: “This is a great achievement and is a testament to the hard work and effort of our representatives and staff.
“It is very encouraging to see so many heads of midwifery concerned about the wellbeing of staff, engaging with the campaign and committing time and resources to it. It shows not only a concern for staff but commitment to the mothers, babies and families they care for. I look forward to many more trust signing up to our Charter.”
As part of the launch, a survey carried out by the RCM found that over 52% of respondents said they had experienced an error, or near-miss that could have caused injury to service users.
Half of the respondents also said they ‘agreed’ or ‘slightly’ agreed with the statement ‘I am worried about making a mistake at work because I am exhausted.’
When maternity units sign up to the Caring for You Charter, they are agreeing to the following:
- Work in partnership with the RCM Health and Safety Representative to develop and implement an action plan about health, safety and wellbeing issues that are important to the maternity workforce.
- A positive working environment by signing up the RCM/RCOG statement of commitment which calls for zero tolerance on undermining and bullying behaviours.
- Enable midwives and maternity support workers to access occupational health and organisation policies for their mental and physical health.
- Nurture a compassionate and supportive workplace that cares for midwives and maternity support workers so that they can care for women and their families.
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