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What is supervision of midwives?
Protecting women and babies
According to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), the purpose of supervision of midwives is to protect women and babies by actively promoting high standards of midwifery practice. Supervision is a statutory responsibility that provides a mechanism for support and guidance to every midwife practising in the UK. This role is carried out by local supervising authorities (LSAs). They are responsible for monitoring the quality of midwifery practice. We make the rules and establish standards for the functions of the LSAs. Each LSA appoints a practising midwife known as the local supervising midwifery officer (LSAMO) who has responsibility for carrying out the LSAs functions.
Experience and skills
Supervisors of midwives (SoMs) carry out the actual supervision of midwives. They are experienced, practising, midwives who have undergone education and training in the knowledge and skills needed to supervise midwives. They act as an impartial monitor of the safety of midwives’ practice and they encourage midwives.
Guidelines for the Supervision of Midwives
An agreed guideline for the supervision of midwives has been published in the East Midlands. The guideline informs midwives, members of the public and other health professions on the process of contacting a Supervisor of Midwives in the East Midlands. You cown download the PDF version of the guidelines here: East_Midlands_Supervision_of_Midwives_policy.pdf
Who are supervisors of midwives?
Supervisors of midwives (SoMs) are experienced practising midwives who have undertaken additional education and training to support, guide and supervise midwives. Every midwife must have a named supervisor of midwives.
What is the role of a supervisor of midwives?
Supervisors of midwives develop and maintain safe practice to ensure protection of you, your baby and family. They meet regularly with midwives and ensure a high standard of care is provided.
What do supervisors of midwives do?
Supervisors of midwives give guidance and support to both midwives and you. They support the practice of midwives and ensure that the care offered is right for you, is given in the right place, by the right person and that it will benefit you and your baby. They act as positive role models for midwives, guiding and supporting them in developing skills and expertise.
The role of supervisors of midwives
How can supervisors of midwives help you?
A supervisor of midwives will support your midwife in the care she gives you, and the supervisor can additionally help you in the following ways.
They will listen and be your advocate on any concerns you have about the care you have received from your midwife. Supervisors will talk to your midwife if you are concerned or unhappy.
They can support and advise you and your midwife in your care choices, for example place of birth.
They will create an environment that facilitates effective communication between you and your midwife about your care.
They can discuss your birth outcome with you, and debrief you if you are unhappy with your birth outcome or treatment. If you have had a difficult or traumatic birth, a supervisor can go through your notes and discuss your experiences with you if you feel you are unable to do this with your midwife.
They help protect the public by promoting safe practice and investigating concerns of health, competence, behaviour or misconduct of midwives. Supervisors can implement remedial action through supervised practice or referral to the local supervising authority (LSA) and us as the regulatory body.
They can respond to your complaints or concerns which may include assisting with issues such as staff attitudes, behaviour and care received. Discussing your concerns with a supervisor does.