Reshaping the future of midwifery education in the UK

We are redefining the standards that students will need to meet in order to join the profession. As part of this work, we want to hear from you.

We have asked Professor Mary Renfrew to lead this vital piece of work. Mary is Professor of Mother and Infant Health at the University of Dundee and is an internationally respected academic in the field of midwifery.

With Mary, we are seeking the views of midwives, women, their families, educators, students and advocacy groups, on what the new standards should include. We will then consult on the draft standards in early 2019. The final standards will come into force in 2020.

Why do we need to develop new standards for the future midwife?

Midwives in the UK are well trained, qualified and regulated. But the demands on modern midwives are constantly changing, with the need to deal with more wide-ranging challenges than ever before. The profile of pregnant women is changing, their birthing choices have never been more diverse and this (and more) is placing greater demands on what a midwife needs to know and be prepared for.

To make sure that the midwives of the future are ready for the challenges ahead, we are reviewing and working to future-proof the standards of proficiency for registered midwives. The new standards will outline what is required of student midwives before they can join the register and begin practising as qualified midwives.

What have we done so far?

We have met a broad range of key interest groups to gain their early views on the skills and knowledge the future midwife will need when they first register with us. We’ve held meetings, workshops and focus groups across the UK, hearing the views of women and families, midwives and educators, and midwives’ colleagues.

We’ve also established a thought leadership group of experts to advise us as we develop the new standards.

You can get involved in a number of ways, including by following us on Twitter and using #FutureMidwife. You can sign up to our Virtual Thought Leadership Group, through which you will receive updates on our progress and invites to upcoming engagement opportunities.

We’re also running a series of events where you can share your views with us. These engagement events will be held in all four countries of the UK.

What are we doing now and what’s planned?

We’re currently in the early engagement and research phase of the project. The evidence we are gathering will help us to develop the draft standards of proficiency in the next stage of the project.

Find out when all the key stages are due to take place.

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