The Royal College of Midwives has warned that staff shortages are contributing to burnout among staff, particularly after the pressures of the Covid-19 pandemic
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Hundreds of midwives are being recruited from overseas to strengthen the NHS workforce.
Up to 500 are expected to take up jobs over the next six months after relocating from countries such as Jamaica, Zimbabwe, Italy, India and the Philippines.
The new Maternity International Recruitment Program will strengthen the workforce of 80 NHS trusts.
Professor Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent, England’s Chief Midwifery Officer, said: “Almost from the inception of the NHS, internationally trained midwives such as the Windrush generation have been an important part of the midwifery family.
“Across the country, the NHS is developing a range of strategies to continually improve the care of women and babies, including developing solutions to increase the number of domestically trained midwives, as well as increased international recruitment, where each new recruit brings a wealth of skills , knowledge and experience.”
Maternity services deliver an average of more than 1,500 babies each day — one every 54 seconds.
The new recruits will join more than 22,000 midwives already working in the NHS.
They have all been registered in their home countries and receive clinical induction to meet the requirements set by the UK Nursing and Midwifery Council.
The Royal College of Midwives has warned that staff shortages are contributing to burnout among staff, particularly after the pressures of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The NHS has also faced heavy criticism over failures in maternity care at a number of trusts including Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust, where a review of cases spanning two decades found 201 babies and nine mothers could have survived with better care.
NHS bosses have allocated £4.5million to support the recruitment scheme which is part of a wider range of improvements.
It builds on NHS England and NHS Improvement’s international nurse recruitment programme, which saw 21,000 nurses recruited into the healthcare service between September 2019 and March 2021.
Professor Dunkley-Bent added: “We want the NHS to be the safest place in the world to give birth and these new international midwives will help us to make that happen, so I would like to say thank you and welcome them to the team.
“Our midwives and maternity service workers play an extremely important role in caring for millions of women, babies and families each year, and during the pandemic they have worked tirelessly to ensure families have access to the one-on-one care and support they need .”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/lifestyle/health/nhs-staff-shortages-could-eased-26895593 NHS staff shortages alleviated thanks to 500 midwives recruited from overseas