CARDIFF UNIVERSITY, COLLEGE OF BIOMEDICAL AND LIFE SCIENCES, SCHOOL OF HEALTHCARE SCIENCES

WHO Collaborating Centre for Midwifery Development

DIRECTOR

Billie Hunter

DEPUTY DIRECTOR

Grace Thomas

TERMS OF REFERENCE

To support WHO by generating the evidence base relating to midwifery education and practice.

To assist WHO in dissemination evidence and good practice in the field of midwifery education and practice.

On request from WHO, to provide technical consultancy and expert advice to Member States on midwifery education.

This institution is a member of the
WHOCC MIDWIFERY NETWORK

MIDWIFERY NETWORK WORK PLAN 2016 - 2020

We contributed to the ‘Baseline Mapping Study on Nursing and Midwifery Education in the WHO European Region’, helping with survey design, data analysis and review of the final report.

We have created and piloted the MATE tool, supported by European midwifery colleagues. MATE is a self-assessment tool designed to inform in-country discussions at early planning stages, and belongs to the midwives / leaders who use it. It also provides links to useful resources. Following field-testing in 2019, the translated tool will be available on the WHO website.

We supported the WHO CC for Nursing and Research Centre at Coimbra University, Portugal in developing the guide ‘Simulation in Nursing and Midwifery Education’, ensuring that midwifery is effectively represented.

We provide technical support to member states as requested by WHO. We are currently advising the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, Kaunas on the further development of midwifery education and research.

ANNUAL REPORT 2019

Field-testing the Midwifery Assessment Tool for Education (MATE) in Sofia, Bulgaria March 2019.

Our overall focus is strengthening midwifery education and practice across Europe and globally.

Since July 1, 2018 we have:

    1. Contributed to the “Baseline Mapping Study on Nursing and Midwifery Education in the WHO European Region”, reviewing the final report. 
    2. Created and piloted MATE (Midwifery Assessment Tool for Education), supported by European colleagues. MATE is a self-assessment tool designed to inform in-country discussions at early planning stages, which provides links to useful resources. We field-tested in 2019, with midwives from across Bulgaria. The translated tool will be available on the WHO website in 2020. 
    3. Supported the WHO CC for Nursing and Research Centre at Coimbra University, Portugal in developing the guide “Simulation in Nursing and Midwifery Education”, ensuring that midwifery is effectively represented. (Click here for the link)
    4. Provided technical support to member states at WHO request. We are currently advising the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, Kaunas on further development of midwifery education and research.

At the invitation of the WHO Technical Officer, Midwifery & Chief Nurse, WHO HQ we also contributed to Technical Advisory Groups focused on strengthening global midwifery education, e.g. the Midwifery Working Group reviewing the WHO Essential Childbirth Skills modules.

    • Field testing of the Midwifery Assessment Tool for Education ( MATE) in a 2 day workshop in Sofia, Bulgaria 20th -21st March 2019.

Professor Billie Hunter, Director of the WHO CC was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in July 2018 for services to midwifery and midwifery education in the UK and Europe.

Within the School of Healthcare Sciences at Cardiff University, the midwifery education team represents professional and academic midwifery. We have a strong research and publications profile, and play an important role in supporting UK and Welsh policy developments.

Our major current/recent major research projects are:

    • The POOL Study. Establishing the safety of waterbirth for mothers and babies: A cohort study with nested qualitative component, led by Prof Julia Sanders. Funded by NIHR Health Technology Assessment, 895,187.060 1st Apr 2018 to 31 Aug 2021.
    • The Work Health and Emotional Wellbeing of UK Midwives Study (UK WHELM) Funded by Royal College of Midwives. Completed May 2018.
    • Policy Involvement: Grace Thomas has contributed to the new UK Nursing and Midwifery Council Standards for Pre-registration midwifery education. Prof Billie Hunter, Prof Julia Sanders and Grace Thomas are members of the Think Tank developing the new Vision for maternity services in Wales.