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Rosie signs up to wellbeing campaign

14 December 2017
The Rosie Hospital is working with the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) to enhance the support available for midwives and maternity colleagues.

The Rosie has signed the RCM’s Caring for You Charter which aims to improve the health, safety and wellbeing of maternity staff. This supports and enables them to continue providing the highest levels of maternity care for women and their families.

Launched in June last year, the campaign is aiming to get NHS organisations across the UK to sign up to the charter. Over half of all NHS trusts and boards in the UK have now signed-up to the charter.

With the signed charter, CEO Roland Sinker, Becky Anderson, Mike More and Anna ShashaAnna Shasha, Head of Midwifery at the Rosie, said: “The whole of the Rosie is extremely proud to sign the Royal College of Midwives’ charter.

“We are a very busy maternity unit and fully recognise the pressure that puts on our staff. 

“Signing this charter shows our commitment to making sure our staff feel valued and supported. That includes making sure they get their breaks, are able to get off from their shifts on time and know where they can go to access support if they need it. 

“We have an amazing team at the Rosie and it is important we make sure that they feel valued for the great work they provide in supporting mothers and babies.”

Rosie midwife Becky Anderson has taken up the role as the RCM health and safety advisor and understands the importance of this charter. 

“If we can’t look after our own staff then how can we look after the women and families to the high standards they expect at the Rosie,” Becky said. 

“That is why this charter is so important and why I’m delighted to take up this role with the RCM to support my colleagues in the Rosie.” 

When signing the charter, organisations are committing to five key principles:

  • Work in partnership with the RCM Health and Safety Representative to develop and implement an action plan about health, safety and wellbeing issues that are important to the maternity workforce and maternity service users.
  • Ensure that midwives and maternity support workers have access to a variety of shift patterns and flexible working and promote a positive workplace culture around working time including taking breaks.
  • Foster a positive working environment for all by signing up to the RCM/RCOG statement of commitment calling for zero tolerance policy on undermining and bullying behaviours.
  • Enable midwives and maternity support workers to access occupational health and other organisational policies for their mental and physical health, safety and wellbeing.
  • Nurture a compassionate and supportive workplace that cares for midwives and maternity support workers so that they can care for women and their families.