Supervision of midwives is a statutory requirement for all midwives practicing in England.
This ensures that mothers and babies receive safe care. Supervisors of midwives are experienced midwives who have received further training to apply and check standards. They talk to the users of maternity services to further develop guidelines and standards and review the services offered to ensure they meet local needs. User's views are sought through the Maternity Services Liaison Committee and other groups e.g. National Child Birth Trust.
In each region a responsible midwifery officer (LSAMO) is appointed by the Health Authority to whom every midwife must notify her intention to practice midwifery. The person in post for our region is Jenny Hughes.
Supervisors of Midwives are experienced midwives who have had additional training and education to enable them to help midwives provide the best quality midwifery care. They oversee the work of the midwives and meet with them regularly to ensure that high standards of care are provided. They also guide and support midwives in developing their skills and expertise.
All midwives must have a Supervisor. This includes those who work in independent practice, private maternity units and those who are self-employed or independent midwives.
How can a Supervisor of Midwives help you?
A SoM can offer guidance and support about any aspect of your midwifery care.
- creating a comfortable and confidential environment for you to discuss your care with your midwife (for example, whether you would prefer to have your baby at home, in a birthing centre or in a hospital)
- providing advice about the various options for care available to you and any support you may need during your pregnancy and birth
- monitoring the ability and behaviour of your midwife to ensure that she meets the standards set by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
- listening to any concerns you may have about the level of care you have received from your midwife (for example, you may have concerns about your birthing experience) and then discussing these concerns with the midwife if appropriate.
The Supervision team at Ashford and St Peters
The team operates a rota which ensures that a Supervisor of Midwives is available 24 hours a day for midwives and women to contact for support.
The team consists of:
Associate Head of Midwifery
Community and Inpatients Manager
Team Leader for Joan Booker Ward (Antenatal and Postnatal ward)
Matron for Maternity Services
Labour Ward Team Leader
Divisional Clinical Quality Lead
Divisional Clinical Governance Manager
Lead Midwife for Risk
Community Team Leader, Jade Team
Community Team Leader, Amber Team
Community Team Leader, Topaz Team
Community Team Leader, Opal Team
Community Team Leader, Ruby Team
Midwife Abbey Birth Centre
Antenatal Clinic Team Leader
You can contact a Supervisor of Midwives at Ashford and St Peter's Hospital by ringing 01932 872000 and asking to speak to the on call supervisor. Further information is available by following the links below: