The University of Salford has been the first student midwifery establishment to pass first time since Unicef imposed new regulations, which needed to be met in order to retain accreditation.
The university has been part of Unicef’s programme since 2012, which aims to improve standards of care and support to women who breastfeed and help build relationships between parents and infants.
Third-year student midwives were part of the reassessment, achieving a 93% overall mark, making the University of Salford the first education institution to pass since the new standards were introduced.
Speaking to Mancunian Matters, midwifery lecturer Anne Leyland said: “We are incredibly proud to have retained our Unicef Baby Friendly accreditation as not only will it raise the university’s profile in the health sector, it will also, more importantly, give our graduates a boost when they search for full-time employment.”
For universities to maintain their current Unicef Baby Friendly accreditation, the children’s organisation introduced a new set of standards that needed to be met.
Unicef praised the University of Salford as “highly complementary” and were impressed by the staff and students’ knowledge, skills and commitment.