Nursing and Midwifery Council has updated its Practising as a midwife in the UK publiction to provide “more detail on the role of midwives, reflecting our new Future Midwife standards.”

The publication provides information for midwives, women and families, and anyone else with an interest in midwifery.

The publication is not a regulatory standard but contains sections relating to each of our statutory functions:

  • the education and training of midwives,
  • registration and revalidation,
  • standards and guidance, and
  • fitness to practise.

On the issue of fitness to practise, the updated publication clarifies that the a midwife’s fitness can be found impaired under the following circumstances:

  • Misconduct – behaviour that falls short of what can be reasonably expected of a midwife which could put women, babies and families at risk or undermine the public trust in midwives. Such cases may relate to conduct in work, or outside of work.
  • Lack of competence – evidence of a lack of knowledge, skills or professional judgment that raises a question as to whether the midwife is capable of meeting the required standards for safe and effective practice.
  • Health – a question as to a midwife’s ability to provide safe care arising from a serious, long-term, untreated or unacknowledged health condition that cannot be managed with the support of the employer.
  • Convictions or cautions – where a midwife has received a criminal conviction or caution that calls into question their fitness to practise or has the potential to undermine the public trust in the midwifery profession.•Not having the necessary knowledge of English – evidence that a midwife does not have the necessary knowledge of English to practise safely and effectively in the UK.
  • Determinations of other regulatory bodies – where a midwife has had a finding of impairment made against them by another regulator of a health and social care profession, within the UK or by a licensing body elsewhere.