Hello and welcome to the September news update!
Since August, we have interviewed 17 women regarding their views and experiences of continuity of care as provided by midwives and health visitors in England. Thank you to all who have taken part so far, and just to let you know that there are still places for women over 18 who have had a child in the last 12 months to participate. As a small thank you, you will receive a £5 Amazon voucher at the end of the interview. To participate, click here. For more information, click here.
Second, the interview study with midwives and health visitors aiming to explore their views and experiences of working in partnership with each other in maternity services in England & Wales is well underway. We’ve interviewed 12 midwives and health visitors (in total) so far, and we are still looking for more participants for this study! We thank all those who have taken part so far, and have lent their support by way of sharing information about this study. To be eligible to take part, you will need to be a currently registered and practising midwife or health visitor. To participate, click here. Midwives’ information page is accessible here, and health visitors’ information page is accessible here. A gentle reminder that when disseminating information about this study, please remember to refrain from sharing via NHS routes/settings (including NHS intranet), in line with our ethical approvals. Sharing via personal contacts/networks and social media is highly encouraged.
Finally, we have news about the systematic review on midwife and health visitor collaboration! This study has now been published as an article in the International Journal of Nursing Studies. To access the full text, click here. This review concluded that collaboration between midwives and health visitors is deemed valuable, however it is faced with many challenges from the individual level (e.g. poor communication), to the organisational or systemic level (e.g. geographical distance). We are also very excited to announce that this will be presented at the Global Network of Public Health Nursing conference in Billund, Denmark, in late September. Please do contact us with comments or questions about this study.
As ever, thank you for your continued support!