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Standards of proficiency for midwives

These standards represent the skills, knowledge and attributes all midwives must demonstrate.

Standards of proficiency for midwives
Our new standards of proficiency for midwives were approved by our Council at its meeting on 3 October 2019.

They have been updated to take into account the changes taking place in society and health care, and the implications these changes have for midwives.

Explore our resources for implementing our standards.

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How to read these standards

The standards of proficiency are grouped under six domains, which are important to understand because they:

  • represent the knowledge, skills and attributes that all midwives must demonstrate at the point of registration
  • reflect what the public, women and families can expect midwives to know and be able to do in order to provide the best and safest care possible
  • provide a benchmark for midwives from the European Economic Area, EU and overseas wishing to join the register
  • provide a benchmark for those who plan to return to practice after a period of absence

The six domains

  1. Being an accountable, autonomous, professional midwife
  2. Safe and effective midwifery care: promoting and providing continuity of care and carer
  3. Universal care for all women and newborn infants
  4. Additional care for women and newborn infants with complications
  5. Promoting excellence: the midwife as colleague, scholar and leader
  6. The midwife as skilled practitioner

Using the standards

It's important to read these standards along with the other parts of Realising professionalism: Standards for education and training:

Reading both sets together provides a complete picture of:

  • what midwives need to know and be able to do, by the time they register with us
  • what approved education institutions (AEIs) and their practice learning partners must provide when delivering education and training courses

Find out more about implementing our standards.

How these standards were developed

Since 2017 we have been developing these standards with input from stakeholders across the UK.

We put our proposals to consultation in spring 2019 and were pleased to have more than 1,600 responses.

We listened closely to the feedback we received, and made several positive changes to the standards as a result. 

Find out more about how these midwifery standards were developed