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NMC returns to Guernsey to review progress on midwifery

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The Nursing and Midwifery Council will be undertaking a planned return visit to Guernsey in order to assess progress made since it identified serious failings in midwifery there 12 months ago.

The NMC conducted an extraordinary review visit to the Channel Island in October 2014, finding serious issues with midwifery practice, supervision of midwives and student nurse placements.

The extraordinary review was sparked by the death of a baby at the island’s Princess Elizabeth Hospital that called into question the quality of midwife supervision on Guernsey.

Poor midwifery practice had been reported internally regarding the neonatal death but not thoroughly investigated, said the report following the review.

Prior to the report’s publication, the entire board of the Channel Island’s health department resigned.

Since the extraordinary review took place, the NMC said it had worked closely with Guernsey’s Health and Social Services Department and the NHS England South Local Supervising Authority to address the issues.

The return visit will take place during 2-4 November, said the regulator.

During the visit, the NMC’s review teams will review progress with midwifery supervision and the phased return of pre-registration nursing students to their degree programmes and practice placements in Guernsey.

The reports from the return visit will be available later in the year, it said.

Earlier this year, a new chief nurse was appointed by Guernsey’s Health and Social Services Department.

Professor Juliet Beal, formerly interim national nursing advisor for hospitals at the Care Quality Commission and before that NHS England’s director of nursing quality improvement and care, took up post in August.

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