Ashford hospital chiefs sign charter aiming to provide more support for maternity staff

PUBLISHED: 09:45 19 May 2017 | UPDATED: 09:54 19 May 2017

The charter at William Harvey Hospital

The charter at William Harvey Hospital


The Royal College of Midwives’ Caring for You Charter aims to improve the health, safety and wellbeing of midwives and their maternity unit colleagues

A partnership has been struck between Ashford’s William Harvey Maternity Unit and the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) to enhance the support available for hospital staff.

The unit, part of East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust, has signed the RCM’s Caring for You Charter which aims to improve the health, safety and wellbeing of midwives and their maternity unit colleagues, to help provide the highest levels of care.

Launched in June last year the campaign is aiming to get NHS organisations across the UK to sign up to the Caring for You Charter and more than half have already done so.

East Kent Hospitals’ chief nurse and director of quality, Sally Smith, said: “East Kent Hospitals is dedicated to best practice, and ensuring that our women and their babies receive the safest and best of care.

“By signing the RCM’s Caring for You Charter, we’re demonstrating a tangible commitment to the development of our staff, the endorsement of living our values and caring for each other as well as the wellbeing of our mothers and their babies.

“We’re very pleased to be working collaboratively with the RCM, and we’ll continue to strive to exceed expectations in our maternity care for women and their families and also deliver on building and maintaining compassionate, caring and listening teams with all of our staff.”

Clare Livingstone, the RCM regional officer, supported the signing event and applauded the progress made at William Harvey Hospital.

“This has been possible with the dedication of our workplace reps and the willingness of the unit’s leadership team to engage with us and the wider maternity team,” she said.

“I am delighted that the unit has signed the charter - they have committed hard working midwives and maternity support workers, led by an enthusiastic management team.

“In signing the charter they are demonstrating that the welfare of their staff is of paramount importance and this will have a very positive impact on those who work here, and the people they care for.”

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