Policy paper

Changes to midwife supervision in the UK

Outlines the changes to the statutory supervision of midwives, which will be introduced in 2017.



These proposals have been developed by the UK Chief Nursing Officers, their midwifery advisors, the Nursing and Midwifery Council, the Royal College of Midwives and a representative of the Local Supervising Authority Midwifery Officers.

The new non-statutory supervision will separate midwifery supervision and regulation. The regulation will be controlled by the Nursing and Midwifery Council. Employers and providers of midwifery services will be responsible for improving the quality of services and support for women through pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period.

Published 22 January 2016