Hello midwives in the making, this is the fourth Midwife Diaries' Interview School tutorial! Today's topic is all about knowing what the Nursing and Midwifery Council, and the other key organisations do for midwives.
I write Interview School to help you be your best on the way to becoming a midwife. Knowing about the Nursing and Midwifery Council and other governing bodies is critical information for you to have at your fingertips when applying to be a midwife.
Understanding the role of Midwifery Organisations can seem tricky to understand unless you speak corporate-ese, but it's actually pretty simple. You just need to know a few facts about each organisation.
I've phrased this blog post in possible interview questions about midwifery organisations, so you can practice and see suggested answers.
The Nursing and Midwifery Council (or NMC) exists to protect the public. It ensures certain standards are kept. It publishes codes for midwives and nurses, and if they are not followed, midwives and nurses can be disciplined or removed from the register. It regulates midwives and nurses.
Midwives and nurses also have to pay a fee every year to stay on the register.
What do the Royal College of Midwives do?
The Royal College of Midwives (or RCM) is the trade union for midwives - the only trade union for midwives in the UK. They campaign for better resources, pay and working conditions for midwives. They come up with various campaigns to help keep women looked after - they aim to 'normalise' birth and oppose further medicalisation through their 'Campaign for Normal Birth'.
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, or NICE, is a branch of the Department of Health, but it has a lot of power independent from the government.
It makes world-class written protocols for guiding health care, taking into account what funds and resources are available in the UK, and what evidence and research is available.
What does the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists do?
The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, or RCOG, is a professional association for doctors, which publishes medical guidelines. It supports doctors in their practice. RCOG promotes excellent standards of care.
And a bonus question, not on organisations, just on research and good practices:
The Cochrane Collaboration, named after a doctor who called for more systematic reviews of research, offers some of the most up to date and comprehensive medical information available globally. It basically takes the best trials it can find and writes reports on them. It's really brilliant because it offers 'plain language summaries' on findings, which are really short - Cochrane offers free best practice advice, at a glance.
As an interesting aside:
The Cochrane logo, pictured above, is of a forest plot of data. This forest plot shows that steroids are very effective at developing premature babies' lungs. Before Cochrane and this forest plot, it wasn't clear to obstetricians that the steroids worked that well. But steroids increase the survival of premature babies by 30-50% - so there are literally people alive today because of this bit of research! Cool eh! (Whip that bit of knowledge out at your interviewer if you can!)
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