State of Maternity Services Report 2018 – England | Royal College of Midwives
This report provides an overview of some of the ‘big picture’ trends that are taking place in the midwifery workforce and identifies some of the challenges that face the profession and maternity services. The main findings reveal that the number of NHS midwives in England rose by just 67 in the last year, despite universities turning out over 2000 newly-trained staff.
This year the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) has published individual reports for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Nursing Standard & The Health Foundation | September 2018 | Why as many as one in four nursing students could be dropping out of their degrees
Almost a quarter of nursing students (24 per cent) drop out of their courses prior to graduation finds a new study from the Nursing Standard and The Health Foundation. Their findings show that over 16,000 UK nursing students who began three-year degrees that were due to finish in 2017, 4,027 left their courses early, or suspended their studies.
Further analysis of this data gives an average attrition rate of 24% in the UK. The RCN suggest reasons for this rate of attrition as bad experiences on clinical placements, financial difficulties and academic pressures all impacting on the decision to leave or put studying on hold (Source: Nursing Standard & The Health Foundation).
A new infographic relesased by NHS Employers highligts the different routes into nursing. Until recently, the routes to developing registered nurses within the workforce have been limited, with the university degree being the main way to train this group of staff.
The introduction of the nursing degree apprenticeship gives a new opportunity for employers to train nurses, while the creation of the new nursing associate role can help to be a bridge between healthcare assistants and graduate registered nurses. These new routes can create a confusing picture for employers and so we have created a resource to support you to make the most of the new and existing routes into nursing (Source: NHS Employers).
NHS Employers | May 2018 | New standards for nurses and midwives
The nursing and midwifery council (NMC) has launched a new framework for the education and training of nurses and midwives, and new standards of proficiency that nurses will be required to meet before they can apply for registration. The new standards were updated yesterday.
Image source: nmc.org.uk
The new standards represent the knowledge, skills and attributes that all future registered nurses must demonstrate to deliver safe, compassionate and effective nursing care. The framework for education and training sets out what nurses and midwives will need to know, and be able to do, by the time they apply for registration (NHS Employers).
NHS England & NHS Improvement | The Perinatal Mental Health Care Pathways | May 2018
NHS England has confirmed that new and expectant mums will be able to access specialist perinatal mental health community services in every part of the country by April 2019. The second wave of community-perinatal is now being rolled out to areas of the country that are currently underserved; with full geographical coverage anticipated.
This £23 million funding forms part of a package of measures, altogether worth a total of £365m by 2021, to transform specialist perinatal services so that 30,000 additional women can access evidence based treatment that is closer to home and when they need it, through specialist community services and inpatient mother and baby units (NHS England).
NHS England & NHS Improvement have published guidance to provide services with evidence on what works in perinatal mental health care, as well as case studies describing how areas are starting to make this a reality.