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The Independent Maternity Working Group (IMWG)

The IMWG is chaired jointly by the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) and RCOG and set up in response to the publication of the Final Ockenden Report, on 30 March 2022.

The remit for the IMWG is to act as a critical friend to those who have responsibility to fund and implement the Ockenden Immediate and Essential Actions (IEAs). It also aims to:

  • Advise on how the planned activity of existing programmes will achieve the Ockenden IEAs and crucially, what revisions might be required, to ensure they are relevant to the current maternity system and will be achieved.
  • Act as a collective voice to amplify the case for change, using our networks to spread best practice and gain evidence of the opportunities and hurdles, using our experience and expertise to support the entire system, from policy makers to individual clinicians, all of whom have a role to play.