The report details the ways in which HIW has carried out its functions as the Local Supervising Authority in Wales during 2014-2015 and met the standards set by the Nursing and Midwifery Council. It also highlights some areas of good practice and achievements by midwives and supervisors of midwives in Wales and sets the agenda for 2014-15.
Chief Execuite, Kate Chamberlain said:
“This year’s annual report provides insight into the impact of the implementation of the new model for supervision of midwives, introduced on 4 August 2014. The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Quality Assurance Review, undertaken in December 2014, reported the new model to be innovative and effective. The NMC concluded that the model was as an example of excellent change management which involved relevant stakeholders within maternity services, HIW and service users’ representatives. The NMC confirmed professional standards for statutory supervision are being met in Wales.
I am confident that the LSA in Wales is in a stronger position as a result of seeking a new and better way of providing supervision of midwives. This assurance is important given the issues raised by Kirkup in the Morecambe Bay Investigation report (March 2015). The Kirkup report suggests the need for the NMC and Department of Health to act upon the recommendations of the Kings Fund in regards to risks identified around statutory supervision. As a result of the changes in Wales, the LSA is well placed to maintain the delivery of supervision whilst legislative changes are made".