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

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Wier, J. 2017. Protecting the public: an investigation of midwives' perceptions of regulation and the regulator. Midwifery. 52, pp. 57-63. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.midw.2017.06.001
AuthorsWier, J.
Abstract

Abstract
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.

Keywordsmidwives views, regulator, quality care
Year2017
JournalMidwifery
Journal citation52, pp. 57-63
PublisherElsevier
ISSN0266-6138
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.midw.2017.06.001
Publication dates
Online06 Jun 2017
Publication process dates
Deposited16 Jun 2017
Accepted02 Jun 2017
Accepted author manuscript
Output statusPublished
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