The national shared professional decision-making council of the Chief Midwifery Officer (CMidO) brings together a number of point of care midwives from a variety of clinical and practice backgrounds across the system and come. Discussing and debating the relevant professional, clinical and operational matters that are important to its members and to their colleagues; the council provides real time, point of care advice to support the CMidO.
The national shared professional decision-making council of the CMidO with its strong clinical focus harnesses existing collective and non-hierarchical leadership principles, to bring a different lens to provide insight and to advise and inform the CMidO around work that will be required to move forwards, from the emergency pandemic situation. Examples of discussions include how in response to Covid-19, new ways of working clinically, operationally or in terms of governance are being developed.
Members have been nominated by two Heads of Midwifery in each region to embody a wide geographical spread, whilst ensuring that both rural and city Trusts are represented. Members reflect the diversity of the professions and a student midwife is a council member too.
The Shared Professional Decision-Making Council of the CMidO was established on 17 August 2020 and currently meets monthly.
The Chair and Deputy Chair roles of the council were self-nominated and then ratified and meeting topics are proposed by council members. The Maternity Team can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org for any queries or further information.
The Nursing and Midwifery COVID-19 Catalogue of Change will be continually updated with new case studies, led by council members as they meet, discuss and agree shared learning and experiences aligned to the pandemic.