Supervisors of Midwives (SoMs) protect the public through the support of safe midwifery practice. SoMs are appointed by the NHS England Local Supervising Authority (LSA). Supervision of midwives is a statutory requirement that provides a mechanism of support and guidance to every practising midwife in the United Kingdom.
SoMs employed at City Hospitals Sunderland are a dedicated team of 13 experienced midwives who have undertaken additional training and have knowledge in the skills needed to supervise midwives. The SoMs have a wide range of experience within maternity services and are employed at different grades depending on their role.
SoMs oversee the practice of midwives and meet with them regularly to ensure that high standards of care are provided. SoMs also guide and support midwives in developing their skills and expertise. All midwives must have a SoM, this includes midwives who work as independent midwives.
How can a Supervisor of Midwives help you?
A SoM can offer guidance and support about any aspect of your midwifery care. This includes:
- Providing advice about the various options of care available to you and any support you may require during your pregnancy and birth.
- Listening to any concerns you may have about the level of care you have received from your midwife.
- Creating a comfortable and confidential environment for you to discuss your care with your midwife in relation to your birth choices, for example whether you would prefer to have your baby at home or in hospital.
- Monitoring the ability and behaviour of your midwife to ensure that they meet the standards of care set by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).
More information can be obtained by clicking here to see a leaflet produced by the NMC.
If you wish to contact a SoM, please use the number below and ask to speak to the on-call Supervisor of Midwives:
Delivery Suite 0191 5656256