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Derby first Trust in the Midlands to sign up to RCM Caring for You charter

Published 09/08/2016

Maternity services at Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have become the first in the Midlands to sign up to the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) Caring for You Charter.

The Charter is one of the cornerstones of the RCM Caring for You campaign. This aims to improve services for women and babies by improving the wellbeing of staff.

Launched in June the ‘Caring for You’ campaign is encouraging all trusts across the UK to sign-up to the Charter.

Signing the Charter means the trust will commit to working with the RCM’s health and safety representatives to improve midwives, student midwives and maternity support workers’ health, safety and wellbeing at work. They in turn will be able to provide even better care for women, babies and their families.

The RCM believes that when heads of midwifery and RCM health and safety representatives work in partnership and take action on health, safety and wellbeing it does make a difference. Stress levels are lower, health and wellbeing is better and importantly, care for women and their families improves.

Jane Haslam, Head of Midwifery at Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “I am fully supportive of the RCM’s ‘Caring for You’ campaign. It is vitally important that we look after our midwifery staff so that they, in turn, can provide the best possible care to women and their families. We have signed the charter to pledge that we show our commitment to improve health, safety and wellbeing at work for all our midwifery staff here in Derby.”

Suzanne Miller, RCM Regional Officer for the East Midlands, said: “I am delighted that the Trust have signed the Charter. They have a committed team of midwives and maternity support workers at the Trust. This is a very positive move by the trust and I welcome their commitment to staff and the people they care for.”

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Last Modified 09/08/2016