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New advocate role for midwives

A new Professional Midwifery Advocate (PMA) role was launched on Friday 4 May to coincide with International Day of the Midwife.

The role offers crucial support to midwives throughout the Trust, reducing stress and increasing resilience. This, in turn, will impact positively upon the care they give to women and their families, and empower midwives to commit to a culture of learning from events and to contribute to change and development of our excellent service.

Liz Ross, Head of Midwifery, said: “We are very excited to have launched the Professional Midwifery Advocate (PMA) role at York and Scarborough hospitals on International Day of the Midwife. It seems particularly appropriate that it is the NHS 70th anniversary year when we are celebrating the history and achievements of the NHS. We are looking forward to new innovations on how we can provide the best care possible to women and their families whilst also supporting midwives and other staff across all our maternity sites.”

The PMA offers a new model of midwifery supervision for England which focuses on restorative clinical practice, quality improvement and education and development. It offers midwives protected time and a safe space in order to reflect on their experiences and practice, through open discussion and feedback.

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