RCM secures important clarification over pay promise for student midwives
The RCM has secured an important clarification by NHS Health Education England on paid placements for student midwives who joined the workforce during the pandemic.
The union says the move will allay the significant concerns of those who put their studies on hold in order to support NHS maternity services.
RCM chief executive Gill Walton said: “The RCM was appalled at the thought of NHS employers prematurely terminating paid student placements, particularly as these student midwives answered the government’s call to join the frontline to work during this pandemic. We are pleased that through negotiations with HEE, the RCM and other trade unions and organisations, were able to secure clarity for our hardworking student members.”
The agreement that has been reached will, the RCM says, provide fairness and transparency on paid placements and ensure a smooth transition for midwifery students to go back to their studies or on to jobs in the NHS, depending on what stage of their programme they were in before the pandemic.
Gill Walton said: “We are happy that the sacrifice and dedication of many student midwives has been recognised. There is no doubt that women and their babies have benefited from these student midwives stepping up and supporting maternity teams across the UK. These are our future midwives and it is heartening to know the profession is in such good hands.”
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