Our tenants at Union Street
Royal College of Midwives (RCM)
In February 2020, the Royal College of Midwives announced they will be relocating later this year to a new headquarters joining the RCOG and Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare in Union Street. The move will bring fresh opportunities for the two Colleges to combine expertise and collaborate further to develop our shared aims.
Existing RCOG and RCM projects
One Voice is a collaboration between the Royal College of Midwives, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, Royal College of Paediatricians and Child Health, Sands (the stillbirth and neonatal death charity), the Institute of Health Visiting and the National Childbirth Trust.
One Voice aims to ensure the best outcomes for mother and baby and the best possible experience for mothers, partners and families, through pregnancy, birth and postnatal care. We champion high-quality care for all. We are committed to multi-disciplinary working, including the involvement of parents and their representatives. And we believe that safety and choice – far from being traded-off against one another – are both dependent upon high-quality, personalised care. We see increasing value in bringing together parents’ and professionals’ experience and expertise, as one voice, to shape professional practice and public policy to give new mothers and their families the best possible care.
Maternity Transformation Programme
The RCOG and RCM are both key stakeholders in the Maternity Transformation Programme (MTP). The MTP seeks to achieve the vision set out in Better Births, by bringing together a wide range of organisations to lead and deliver across nine work streams. The programme is led by a Programme Board, supported by a representative group of stakeholders that scrutinise and challenge decisions made by the Board.
The Tommy’s National Centre for Maternity Improvement
In 2019, the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) formed an alliance to launch the Tommy’s National Centre for Maternity Improvement. The three-year programme of work - which will involve the creation of a digital tool to personalise and improve maternity care for women - is in support of achieving the government’s objectives to reduce stillbirth and preterm birth. The programme is a collaboration between Tommy’s, RCOG, RCM, the NHS, universities and crucially, women and their families. This alliance represents an ongoing commitment to improving care across the maternity system to make the UK the safest place in the world to give birth.
The RCOG centre for Quality Improvement and Clinical Audit
This centre hosts a number of joint projects between RCOG and RCM, drawing on the expertise across both Colleges:
- The National Maternity and Perinatal Audit, funded by HQIP (Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership) is the largest audit of NHS maternity services across England, Scotland and Wales.
- Each Baby Counts: Learn & Support, funded by the Department of Health and Social Care is focused on supporting trusts to implement recommendations that will improve care, including improved working within multidisciplinary teams.
- OASI (Obstetric Anal Sphincter Injury) 2 is a Health Foundation funded project with both Colleges, Croydon Health Services NHS Trust, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), and King’s College London (KCL) looking to further spread the use of the OASI Care Bundle in Midwifery and Obstetric practice.
The RCM’s Labour Leaders Programme ‘Working Together for Safer Care’ (PDF) is an interactive workshop aimed at multidisciplinary maternity teams. It was designed and delivered collaboratively by the RCM and RCOG.
The RCOG and RCM have published a web-based toolkit to tackle undermining and bullying behaviour in the workplace.
Additionally the RCOG and RCM media, policy and public affairs teams regularly work together on areas of common interest on issues ranging from maternity safety to abortion care and workforce.