Midwife Vacancies on the Rise in the NHS

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Recently released figures in England have shown that the NHS is finding it harder to fill vacancies for midwives than any other job within the NHS with the number of unfilled positions increasing.

According to a three month vacancy rate study allowing for seasonal fluctuations, the number of midwifery posts left unfulfilled is up to 255 positions from 191 on the previous year. An increase of 1.2%.

This comes at a time when the government had pledged to significantly increase numbers of midwives entering the profession.

Jon Skewes, director of employment relations and development at the Royal College of Midwives, said: “Any midwifery post remaining empty is a concern because we have experienced a huge surge in the birthrate over recent years and midwife numbers have still to catch up.

“A vacant post means there is a midwife missing who could be helping to provide safe and high quality care. The government identified a need for 3,000 more midwives by 2012, and this must be delivered.”

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Here at Gap Medics we have experienced a rise in the number of students requesting midwifery work experience placements in recent months and already have large numbers travelling in 2011 and 2012. This can only be of benefit to the profession as a whole and we look forward to welcoming many more students on our overseas midwifery placements who will hopefully go onto filling some of these much needed positions within the NHS in future years.

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