Elsie Gayle Independent Midwife
It may be suggesting that staff are too scared to lose their jobs in these financially difficult times; and not that things are more rosy in the workplace.
We need to go behind the figures and look deeper into the realities of the change.
I am very concerned.
We already have the example of the Midwifery Committee, which in reality acts in an advisory capacity; and which lacks any proven ability to effect robust improvement for registrant midwives.
How then are registrants to be satisfied that this new body will be anything but a replica of the MW Committee?
After all shouldn't those who pay the piper be calling the tune?
Said to me by one midwife. "When I complained that I was breaching my NMC Rules and Code by working in this unsafe way, she told me that she is my boss and the NMC does not employ me"
This is a positive step indeed, and welcomed by mental health service users and carers.
The next step must be to ensure that the nurses have and are able to use their culturally sensitive knowledge, skills care and compassion to assess and recommend treatment pathways appropriately.
Comment on: Making every contact count
This is a fabulous illustration of the positive influencing power of well trained and empowered midwives, nurses and health visitors.
The only problem we now have is the requisite adequate consultation period or continuity of carer in order to work with every patient and make full use of each contact in a timely way.