Health Education England (HEE) has published the Advanced Clinical Practice in Midwifery Capabilities Framework which will enable organisations to put in place new midwifery roles, helping them better meet the needs of those who use their maternity services.
The framework has been produced in line with recommendations made by analysis carried out by HEE and it draws from and builds upon excellent examples of good practice from across the midwifery system nationally.
Kerrie Eilertsen – Feeney, HEE Lead Midwife, said:
“Advanced clinical practice in midwifery will ultimately support midwives to develop to an advanced level of clinical practice through education and training, whilst contributing to the provision of safe and personalised care for childbearing people and their babies.
“Better Births, the Five Year Forward View for Maternity Care, sets out a vision for a modern maternity service that delivers safer, more personalised care for all women and every baby it will also help to improve outcomes and reduces inequalities. Advanced clinical practitioners can and play a key role in this.”
Noting the publication of the framework, Linda Crofts, Regional Faculty Lead for Advancing Practice in North East and Yorkshire said:
“On behalf of all the Regional Faculty leads it has been a real pleasure working with the HEE Maternity programme to help bring this framework to fruition and ensure trainee Advanced Clinical Practitioners in Midwifery have to same opportunities as other professions to develop the skills and competencies required for 21st century care.”
Managers and clinicians working in maternity services should work together to identify where Advanced Clinical Practice can support pathways of care and have the maximum impact within their organisations. If it is identified that the implementation of new roles within their maternity services, such as Advanced Clinical Practice, would help meet the needs of their local populations, they can then use the Advanced Clinical Practice in Midwifery Capabilities Framework to help them put those roles in place.
Read the framework in full under reports and publications.