The Council of Deans of Health has today welcomed the publication of new regulatory standards for midwifery. Members of the Council have been heavily involved in the development of these new standards, which set expectations of what is expected of midwifery graduates. This includes new standards around leadership, advocacy, and the full systematic physical examination of the newborn infant.
Professor Brian Webster-Henderson, Chair of the Council, commented:
‘These new future midwife standards are a positive regulatory development, which are derived from a strong international evidence base. They also provide us with an important opportunity to take stock and recognise the critical importance of the midwifery profession for us all. The Council has valued the engagement and dialogue with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, Royal College of Midwives, Lead Midwives for Education Strategic Reference Group and other key stakeholders in the development process. We look forward to working with partners to ensure the effective implementation of these new standards.’
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