Bridgewater Invests In Halton Midwifery Staff To Help Provide The Best Possible Care

 

Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (Bridgewater) is working with the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) to improve the support available for its midwives and maternity colleagues in Halton.

The trust’s maternity service in Halton has signed the RCM’s Caring for You Charter, which aims to improve the health, safety and wellbeing of maternity staff. This supports and enables them to continue providing the highest levels of maternity care for women and their families.

Launched in June, the campaign is aiming to get NHS organisations across the UK to sign up to the Caring for You Charter.

Esther Kirby, Chief Nurse at Bridgewater said: “As a Trust, we are committed to providing high quality health services. However they are only able to do this with the support and dedication of our staff who they know work tirelessly in our local communities.

“By introducing the Caring for You Charter, we want to show that we value the dedication of our midwifery teams in Halton and that we are committed to supporting their health and wellbeing so they can provide the best possible service to local families.”

RCM Regional Officer Liz Stubbs said:
“I am delighted that the Trust has signed the Charter. They have a committed team of midwives and maternity support workers at the Trust, led by an enthusiastic head of midwifery devoted to the welfare of her staff. This is a very positive move by the Trust and I welcome their commitment to staff and the people they care for.”

When signing the charter, organisations are committing to five key principles:

  • 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 and maternity service users.
  • Ensure that midwives and maternity support workers have access to a variety of shift patterns and flexible working and promote a positive workplace culture around working time including taking breaks.
  • Foster a positive working environment for all by signing up to the RCM/RCOG statement of commitment calling for zero tolerance policy on undermining and bullying behaviours.
  • Enable midwives and maternity support workers to access occupational health and other organisational policies for their mental and physical health, safety and wellbeing.
  • ​​Nurture a compassionate and supportive workplace that cares for midwives and maternity support workers so that they can care for women and their families.

For more information on the Caring for You campaign visit: https://www.rcm.org.uk/caring-for-you-campaign
Find out more about The Midwifery Service in Halton at:http://www.bridgewater.nhs.uk/haltonsthelens/midwiferyservices/.

 

 

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