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Developing the role of Maternity Support Workers

Maternity Support Workers

The HEE Maternity programme has established a project to develop the role of the Maternity Support Worker (MSW).

Better Births, improving outcomes of maternity services in England (2016) highlights the need for multi-professional working, breaking down barriers between midwives, obstetricians and other health professionals to deliver world-class safe, personalised care for women and their babies.

Maternity support workers (MSWs) are an integral part of the maternity workforce and play an important role in supporting midwives and the wider maternity teams, mothers and their babies through pregnancy, labour and during the postnatal period. However, within the current workforce, the roles, responsibilities and job titles of MSWs in England vary widely.

On 27 March 2018, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care announced a package of measures aimed at professionalising the maternity support worker role.

HEE has led this important piece of work and developed the Maternity Support Worker Competency, Education and Career Development Framework working closely with a wide range of partners and stakeholders. The framework draws from and builds upon excellent examples of good practice from across the system and can be accessed from this page. 


Our journey so far:



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