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WWL Signs Up to Caring for You Charter

Newsdate: 28 July 2016Caring for you Charter

WWL is delighted to announce that we have signed up to the Royal College of Midwives’ Caring for You Charter. The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) is the trade union for midwifery workers across the United Kingdom.

The Charter is one of the cornerstones of the RCM Caring for You campaign. This aims to improve services for women and babies by improving the wellbeing of staff who work in midwifery.

Launched in June the ‘Caring for You’ campaign is encouraging all Trusts across the UK to sign-up to the Charter.

Signing the Charter means WWL will commit to working with the RCM’s health and safety representatives to improve midwives, student midwives and maternity support workers’ health, safety and wellbeing at work. It is hoped that this will enable us to provide even better care for women, babies and their families.

The RCM believes that when heads of midwifery and RCM health and safety representatives work in partnership and take action on health, safety and wellbeing it does make a difference. Stress levels are lower, health and wellbeing is better and importantly, care for women and their families improves.

This is the latest example of WWL’s continued commitment to ensuring the positive wellbeing of our staff, so that we can provide the best care possible for those who attend our hospitals. Other examples include our “Steps for Wellness” initiative and Mindfulness Training, both of which have been implemented as part of our thorough staff engagement programme.

In order to comply with the Charter, health organisations must commit themselves to 5 pledges. The pledges are that the organisation will:

  • 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 the 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 both 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. 

As part of signing up to the Charter, the RCM have sent midwifery staff at WWL a poster-sized copy of the charter that will be displayed in our maternity unit, to showcase our commitment to the campaign.

Lynne Galvin, Royal College of Midwives Regional Officer for the North West, said, “I am delighted that the Trust have signed the Charter. They have a committed team of midwives and maternity support workers at the Trust. This is a very positive move by the trust and I welcome their commitment to staff and the people they care for.”

Sarah Howard the RCM Health and Safety Representative at the Trust, said, “I am pleased to work at a Trust that is already working towards the aims of the “Caring for you campaign” Charter. I am relishing the challenge of supporting the staff here at Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh in achieving better Health and Wellbeing across maternity services and improving the support a healthier workforce will give to the women they care for.”

WWL Head of Midwifery Children’s and Patient Services, Diane Swindlehurst, is thrilled by the support from the RCM. She said, “I welcome the extra support we have been offered by the RCM in maintaining the health, safety and wellbeing of the maternity staff here at Wrightington, Wigan & Leigh. The teams pride themselves on providing excellent care to women and families. The “Caring for You Campaign” will add to the existing “Steps 4 Wellness” programme offered by the Trust, helping staff in keeping fit and well at work ensuring they continue to provide the best possible care.”