We aim to offer support networks for members caught up in investigations, disciplinary processes, and NMC referrals. We are a small group who have personal experience of such events and we offer a listening ear and support and help as we are able, depending on distance and timeframe. ARM is committed to providing a good support network for midwives who need it, and to build solidarity to help defend midwives who come under attack.
Our objectives are to build knowledge and skills about disciplinary processes, NMC referral, bullying and harassment etc, build a resource repository of useful guidance and contacts, and to fund-raise to help with travel and legal expenses.
We feel that ARM midwives may be at risk of being investigated and subjected to “correctional” measures, given that radical midwives may be assumed to have issues with protocol-driven care and the ever-increasing impetus to process women rather than establish relationships with them. This can be seen as a problem within some NHS settings with the result that “resisters” may find themselves having to justify personalised, one-to-one, or requested or declined choices in care that lie outwith the mainstream set menu.
As well as one-to-one email or telephone support, we hope to:
- Hold a support workshop at all national meetings
- Support the Facebook Group Say No to Bullying in Midwifery
- Lobby the RCM to provide better IR support
- Try to establish common themes and root cause analysis of cases to identify, name and address destructive managerial approaches
- Hold a repository of helpful documents/guidance on website for members to access
- Report on (anonymised and with permission) concluded cases/tell the story in magazine so that awareness of the widespread nature of these experiences is spread
- Hold a annual retreat for members going through investigation etc
- Fundraise to support the group’s activities eg travel costs, legal advice
Cost: donation to cover [vegetarian] homecooked food
Bring your own bedding and towel
Enjoy a weekend of gentle activities –
walks, art, guided relaxation etc offered but not compulsory!
Information to help you
Bullying and Harassment Information
Resources when facing investigation, disciplinary action or being suspended from work
For those in the NMC Fitness to Practice process
The PSA will look at the following complaints about NMC FtP processes:
- data protection breaches
- loss of documentation
- cases taking longer than 15 months to conclude
- poor communication from case presenters
- changing of original allegations to “enhance” cases
- non compliance of 6-weekly updates to registrants in case progression and breach of Standard 7 (supporting registrants)
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