NICE launches four-week  consultation on provisional guidelines for safe midwifery staffing

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21 / 10 / 2014 2.45pm

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has begun consulting on provisional recommendations for safe midwifery staffing for maternity services.

Running from now until 5pm on 13 November 2014, the consultation invites all registered stakeholders to comment on provisional recommendations which will help inform safe staffing guidelines expected to be published in February 2015.

What this means for employers

The guidelines are being designed for NHS provider organisations and others who provide or commission NHS services. They are aimed at trust boards, chief nurses, hospital and unit managers, heads and directors of midwifery, midwives and commissioners.

Split into three sections the recommendations cover:

  • Organisational and managerial responsibilities to support safe staffing requirements
  • Factors that maternity services and midwives should take into account to determine safe levels
  • The processes for assessment and monitoring that should be used to determine safe midwifery care.

How to submit your views

Responses to the draft guidelines need to be submitted using the comments proforma provided in Word version only. These should be sent to Only one response is required per stakeholder organisation.

Further information can be found on the NICE website.




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