Date lodged: 8 April 2019
To ask the Scottish Government what additional equipment and financial support or reimbursement is needed for midwives transitioning from acute to community settings under the implementation of the Best Start plan.
Answered by: Jeane Freeman 14 May 2019
NHS staff, maternity and neonatal service users, the NHS, the Royal College of Midwives, the National Childbirth Trust and Bliss, along with others, were instrumental in shaping the five-year plan for maternity and neonatal care. It was as a result of their expert advice that a phased approach is being taken. The initial budget of £12 million is only intended to support the initial phase and we are looking at future funding, recognising that roll out will take several years.
We expect individual Health Boards to meet their responsibility to determine equipment and training needs for their staff. No staff should be financially disadvantaged by moving to the new model of care and we expect all Health Boards to be guided by existing national policy on pay and conditions.
My officials are scoping a pilot project that will offer recently retired professionals the opportunity to work with inexperienced and newly qualified staff to help build confidence and provide support. The project is in the early stages, and will include midwives as the work develops.