Supervisors of midwives
The supervision of midwives and midwifery practice is a statutory responsibility established in the first Midwives Act of 1902. Current legislation regulating this function is contained in The Nursing and Midwifery Order 2001, article 43 (1) and (2) and in the midwives rules and standards (NMC 2012).
This statutory function is exercised by Supervisors of Midwives (SOM) appointed by Local Supervising Authorities (LSA’S), the Local Supervisory Authority Midwifery Officer (LSAMO) and her team.
Supervision of Midwives is the process of promoting excellence in midwifery practice. Its Supervisors of Midwives are advocates of high standards of care for mothers and babies and provide support and guidance to every practicing midwife.
Statutory supervision is integrated at local, regional and national levels within the NHS culture and framework of clinical governance and professional regulation, but also supports midwives who work outside and independently of the NHS.
Here on the Isle of Man we are part of the North West LSA.
The role of the SOM
Primarily the role of the Supervisor of Midwives is to protect the public. They do this through robust systems of practice, audit and governance.
A SOM is an experienced midwife who acts as a role model for staff and an advocate for the profession.
As a modern regulatory system, supervision upholds protection of the public by supporting midwives to practice with confidence, thus preventing poor practice. Statutory supervision of midwives is a tried and tested means of assuring the quality of midwifery practice. (Parliamentary Health Committee, 7th report).
What we can do as Supervisors for you
We are here to help you in any way we can.
We can offer guidance and support about any aspect of your midwifery care. This includes:
- creating a comfortable and confidential environment for you to discuss your care with your midwife (for example, whether you would prefer to have your baby at home or in a hospital)
- providing advice about the various options for care available to you and any support you may need during your pregnancy and birth
- monitoring the ability and behaviour of your midwife to ensure that they meet the standards set by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
- listening to any concerns you may have about the level of care you have received from your midwife (for example, you may have concerns about your birthing experience) and then discussing these concerns with the midwife if appropriate.
Philosophy of Supervision on the Isle of Man
As Supervisors of Midwives working on the Isle of Man we are committed to positively influencing the health and wellbeing of the women and families on the Island and all that come into our care now and for future generations. Through robust, proactive and innovative Supervision we aim to foster an environment that ensures evidence based family centred care of the highest quality that reflects a diverse and changing client group with a variety of different needs. We accept the responsibility of advocacy on their behalf both on broad gender issues and individually where required.
We are committed to the normality of pregnancy and birth, but accept that this can not always be achieved and strive to make every care episode a positive one with room for growth and reflection. We aim to work in partnership with women and their families ensuring informed choices are made. Through these partnerships we aim to identify and support women who are willing and able to help use reach our goals through increased user involvement.
We work within the North West Local Supervising Authority Guidelines and with the support and Advice of our Midwifery officer and Link Supervisors to provide a comprehensive twenty four hour service.
We are committed to the role of the Midwife as an Autonomous practitioner. We acknowledge that each member of our staff has a unique place within the team, and each member brings with them a host of different experiences and skills making them the practitioners and people they are. We aim to harness these skills whilst ensuring a culture of mutual respect, lifelong learning and reflective practice.
Contacting a Supervisor of Midwives
Telephone numbers for Isle of Man SOM’s
- Jane Sloane (contact supervisor) +44 1624 650280
- Melanie Capewell +44 1624 650030
- Jane Gray - +44 1624 650280/650030
- Barbara Roberts +44 1624 650273/650030
- Dianne Rubery +44 1624 650273/650030
You can self refer to a SOM via our referral form.
This should then be sent to:
Jane Crookall maternity unit
Isle of Man
The LSA midwifery officer is Lisa Bacon and she can be contacted by email or telephone via Geraldine Gannon at the LSA on +44 1539 797815.