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Working together: what lessons from maternity care can teach us about doing things differently

17 Jun 2021
S - Specialist sessions 4

If we always do what we’ve always done, we will always get what we’ve always got.

We know that most maternity care is delivered well. However, system-based issues such as poor leadership and inter-professional relationships, and not listening to pregnant women and their families can prevent professionals from providing consistently high-quality maternity care.

We want to see safe, effective and kind care focused on health and wellbeing for everyone. As the professional regulators of doctors and midwives, the General Medical Council and Nursing and Midwifery Council have important roles to play in making this a reality.

We work together, and with others across the system, to share intelligence and embed learning into the way we regulate and support professionals. We share this insight to build understanding of safety risks and increase the alignment between the expectations of nurses, midwives, doctors and employers.

We share a joint ambition to do more to work collaboratively to seize opportunities and address challenges in our health services.

This session will be a discussion about the changes being introduced by the NMC and GMC that will help to improve the quality of care for women, newborn infants and their families.

This session is delivered in partnership with the GMC and NMC.

Marie Gabriel CBE, Independent Chair - NHS Race and Health Observatory
Andrea Sutcliffe, CBE, Chief Executive and Registrar - Nursing and Midwifery Council
Charlie Massey, Chief Executive - General Medical Council