Supervision - Protecting Mothers and Babies
“The role of the supervisor is to ensure the safety of you and your baby”
Who are the supervisors?
The supervisors are a group of experienced practising midwives, chosen by their colleagues, who work as a team within the hospital and community settings of Southport, Formby and West Lancashire.
What is supervision?
Supervision of midwives is a legal professional requirement, which has been in existence since 1902.
All midwives, wherever they work, meet annually with their supervisor of midwives who supports them in their practice and helps them to identify their development needs to maintain their expertise. They are encouraged to develop a good working relationship with their supervisor in order to enhance the standard of care for the women and babies in their care.
Supervisors strive to promote good practice through challenging poor practice and innovating change.
Within the NHS the role of the supervisor is complementary to the Midwifery manager. The supervisor is accountable to the Local Supervising Authority , with their focus being the standards of care for women and their babies. The manager is responsible to the Trust for the effective running of the maternity service within the given resources.
Supervision – how can we help you?
Supervisors aim to ensure that you receive guidance and information about the types of care available to you, and that you receive the right type of care for your needs.
Supervisors monitor midwives practice to ensure that you and your baby receive good quality, safe care. They aim to provide guidance and support to midwives to help them to develop their skills and expertise.
Your midwife will offer you support and guidance to you and your family through your maternity care. If you have any concerns, you and/or your midwife can contact a supervisor.
You can contact a supervisor of midwives directly if:
- You are new to the area and want information about local maternity services
- You want extra support in your choice of maternity care or plan for birth
- You are concerned about any aspect of your maternity care
- You need help to resolve any disagreements about your care in an unbiased manner
- You wish to debrief if you are unhappy about your birth outcome or treatment – a supervisor can go through your notes with you and discuss your birth experiences
If you discuss any concerns with a supervisor this does not prevent you from accessing the formal complaints system within the Trust.
Supervisors of midwives are on call 24 hours a day. To speak to a supervisor telephone the Delivery Suite at Ormskirk: (01695) 656919.
What is the Local Supervising Authority?
The Local Supervising Authorities appoint a midwifery officer to oversee supervision in their area. The midwifery officer for the North West is:
NHS England Regional Team
North West LSA, Enterprise House, Shap Road, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 6NY
Telephone: 01539 777313