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The future of midwifery services

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What kind of midwifery services do we want to see in 10 years’ time?

Midwifery 2020 - commissioned by the UK’s four CNOs - has been tasked with setting the future direction for midwifery. This involves identifying the required changes to the way midwives work, their role, responsibilities and the training and professional development needs to achieve this.

The group’s main aim is to maximise the midwifery contribution to maternity care, taking account of national and UK maternity care initiatives and policies. It recognises that enabling midwives to lead and deliver care will help maternity services meet changing health and social care needs and improve user experiences and maternity outcomes.

The work is being carried out in partnership with professional organisations and other key stakeholders involved in maternity services in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Midwifery 2020 - five key workstreams

Each country is leading on or contributing to the following workstreams:

  1. Core role of the midwife
  2. Education and career progression
  3. Measuring quality
  4. Public health
  5. Workforce and workload
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