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Maternity support workers training scheme launched

26th February 2009

The NHS has launched a new scheme to train maternity support workers across Wales to provide support needed due to increasing birth rates.

Under the programme, which is expected to take up to 18 months to complete, participants will work towards achieving a national vocational qualification.

Working under the supervision of a midwife and as part of a team, skilled staff could be responsible for providing advice to mothers before and after they give birth, with topics such as breast feeding and nutrition being covered.

It is also thought that those who undergo the training will be able to conduct regular procedures such as taking blood pressure and tests.

Chief nursing officer for Wales Rosemary Kennedy commented: “I see this new training for maternity support workers as an essential part of our ongoing commitment to improve care.”

Although the support workers have a great contribution to make to the care of mothers and babies, this is often not used to its full potential, she added.

She concluded the scheme will ensure all staff in this area receive the same training and will provide further career opportunities.

NHS Wales also asserted this week it would provide more support for Welsh speaking patients.

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