Southport and Ormskirk Trust
1 of 1st in UK to sign up to RCM staff wellbeing Charter
SOUTHPORT and Ormskirk NHS Trust has
become one of the first trusts in the UK to sign up to the Royal College of
Midwives (RCM) Caring for You Charter.
The Charter is 1 of the cornerstones of the RCM Caring for You campaign. This
aims to improve services for women and babies by improving the wellbeing of
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 the trust 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. They in turn will be able
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.
Robin Rootes, RCM Steward and Health and Safety Representative at the Trust,
said:- "We are delighted to sign this charter and are committed to
embedding its core components within maternity services. This will build on the
good work already underway in maternity. Health and wellbeing of our staff is
crucial to having a successful maternity unit."
Lynne Eastham, Head Of Nursing and Midwifery at the Trust, said:- "Our
excellent staff support the delivery of more than 2500 babies each year. They do
a magnificent job and we are committed to offering them the right support to
enable them to do their jobs. We are pleased to be 1 of the 1st trusts in the UK
to sign up to this charter."
Lesley Wood, 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."
For more information on the 'Caring for You' campaign, please go