This is one of the recommendations from the ‘strategic’ section of the RCOG/RCM undermining toolkit.
College role (RCOG and RCM)
Much inappropriate workplace behaviour relates to legally protected diversity characteristics, such as ethnicity, gender, religion (particular religious observance) and family/carer issues, and whistle blowing. A dedicated and identifiable team within colleges and other strategic organisations can help raise awareness and provide support for individuals affected by these issues.
The RCOG has created a RCOG Workplace Behaviour Advisor and regional Workplace Behaviour Champions. Find out more about the roles and responsibilities of these positions.
The RCM would like the Supervisor of Midwives role to include similar responsibilities, with the Yorkshire & Humberside regional guideline for Supervisors of Midwives, Empowering a positive culture in midwifery (PDF, 124 kb), extended to apply nationally.
The RCM has also published Standing Up for High Standards, which describes how all midwives, student midwives and maternity support workers should feel able to speak out if they have any concerns about the quality and standards of care provided, or if they suspect treatment or care will or has caused harm. This includes undermining behaviour.