Protecting the public: an investigation of midwives' perceptions of regulation and the regulator

Wier, J. (2017) Protecting the public: an investigation of midwives' perceptions of regulation and the regulator. Midwifery, 52. pp. 57-63. ISSN 0266-6138.

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Objective: to investigate the perceptions of a group of midwifery registrants about the influence of regulation and the regulatory body, the Nursing and Midwifery Council, on the practice of midwives in the United Kingdom
Design: quantitative and qualitative research using an online survey and semi-structured interviews
Setting: The South East of England, which covers both urban and rural practice settings.
Participants: (a) 132 (n=70%) midwives responded to the online survey, and (b) 20 midwives participated in the semi-structured interviews

Findings: midwives were generally supportive of the need to regulate practice; however, some participants had an uneasy relationship with the Nursing and Midwifery Council and claimed to practice defensively, due to a fear that they could be removed from the register, and believed the regulator to be remote and punitive. For other participants concerns were raised about fitness to practice procedures, particularly in terms of decision making.

Key Conclusions: the participants felt that in order for midwifery regulation to be effective the regulator needs to have detailed knowledge and appreciation of the role of the midwife, and the needs of the pregnant woman.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: midwives views, regulator, quality care
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General) > R0690 Medicine as a profession. Physicians > R0697 Allied health professionals
Divisions: Faculty of Health and Wellbeing > School of Public Health, Midwifery and Social Work
Depositing User: Dr Jacqueline Wier
Date Deposited: 16 Jun 2017 16:02
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2018 08:00

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