Supervisors of Midwives

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About Us

Supervisors of Midwives protect the public through the support of safe midwifery practice. We aim to ensure that mothers and families receive guidance and information about the right type of care, in the right place. We are perceived as leaders of the profession and are role models to midwives, guiding and supporting them to help to develop their skills and expertise.

We are experienced, practising midwives who have additional training. We are appointed to the Local Supervising Authority and independent of the Trust. Our team in Chester includes midwives working in a wide range of practice areas.

Supervisors of Midwives monitor the practice of midwives to ensure that mothers and babies receive good quality, safe care. They also help to further develop the local service in response to service need and user feedback.

Midwives should support mothers throughout their maternity care: if issues arise or you have any concerns about your care, you and/or your midwife may contact a Supervisor of Midwives.

Discussing any concerns with a Supervisor of Midwives does not prevent you from using the formal complaints procedure of the NHS Trust should you wish to do so.

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Our Role

The supervision of midwives is a legal professional requirement for midwives. Supervisors are accountable to the Local Supervising Authority which is independent from the NHS trust in which they work. In this area Supervisors of Midwives are accountable to the North West Local Supervising Authority. Their web address is:  

http://www.england.nhs.uk/ourwork/qual-clin-lead/supervision-of-midwives/

In all regions of England there is an LSA Midwifery Officer (LSAMO) an experienced practising midwife who ensures that supervision of midwives is carried out to a satisfactory standard for all midwives in their area. They have a professional leadership role. This enables them in an impartial way to provide expert advice on professional matters such as the supervision of midwives, midwifery practice and maternity services in general. They also appoint the Supervisors of Midwives.

All midwives meet regularly with a Supervisor of Midwives, and develop a good working relationship with them to enhance the standard of care provided for mothers and babies. Supervisors challenge inferior practice and work to maintain a good standard of midwifery.

How We Help

  • We can listen to any concerns you may have about your maternity care and take action if it is felt to be appropriate.
  • We can support you and your midwife to plan your pregnancy care and plan for the birth of your baby.
  • We can discuss with you the most appropriate choices for you and your baby.
  • We can help to resolve any disagreements about your maternity care in an unbiased and impartial manner.
  • We can talk to you if you are unhappy about your birth outcome or treatment.
  • We investigate incidents, and formulate development plans if needed, for midwives.

Contact Us

Supervisors of Midwives can be contacted 24 hours a day seven days a week via the hospital switchboard on 01244 365000. For non-urgent discussions weekday daytime contact would be appreciated.

Should you wish to contact a supervisor of midwives via email our address is: 

coc-tr.COCH-Midwife-SUP-Chester@nhs.net

This account is checked weekly so please bear in mind that it may take up to two weeks before you receive a reply as all of our supervisors carry out this role in addition to their usual responsibilities.

One of us is always available to provide support, advice and guidance to mothers, families and midwives. Mothers might want to contact us to talk about the standard of care they have received from their midwife or to discuss their choices if they have not felt supported. Midwives may want to contact us for professional advice and guidance.

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