Once registered as a Midwife, there are on-going requirements for education and skills development and a host of opportunities to go further with your career and learn more. During your first year as a newly qualified Nurse, you'll get extra support and guidance through the Flying Start programme.
Induction training will be provided by the recruiting NHSScotland board. Additional training normally covers the following:
- infection control
- moving and handling
- risk management
- immediate life support
- health and safety
- obstetric and neonatal emergencies
With further training you could work in specific areas of Midwifery, such as ultrasound or neonatal care, caring for women with substance misuse issues or for teenage pregnant mothers. Others take up roles in management, Midwife education or research, sometimes in combination with ongoing practice as a Midwife.
Healthcare is constantly developing, technology improving, and the needs of the population changing. It's necessary to keep yourself up to date with health care issues and practice.
Midwives at all levels need to show leadership. Students and Healthcare Support Workers often look to junior Midwives for guidance and support, while at higher levels Midwives may lead teams of Midwives, whole departments or services.
You might become a Senior Charge Midwife (SCM). SCMs are responsible for ensuring that the highest standards of care are delivered in the way in which service users and the wider public expect. This includes motivating and empowering all their staff to place dignity, privacy and compassion at the centre of their practice.
A number of initiatives have been developed to support Midwives as they move forward in their careers, including Effective Practitioner, Early Clinical Career Fellowships, Leading Better Care and NHSScotland's National Leadership Unit. The Scottish Multi-Professional Maternity Development Programme (SMMDP) also supports further skills development and promotes best practice. See www.scottishmaternity.org for details.
Revalidation is the process which Midwives need to follow to maintain their registration with the NMC every 3 years.
The requirements for revalidation are:
- 450 practice hours
- 35 hours of CPD including 20 hours of participatory learning
- Five pieces of practice-related feedback
- Five written reflective accounts
- Reflective discussion
- Health and character declaration
- Professional indemnity arrangement
Revalidation is an ongoing process throughout your career and aims to promote good practice and to maintain and strengthen public confidence in the profession.