Working with team midwifery: health visitors' views of one team midwifery scheme

Farquhar, Morag, Camilleri-Ferrante, Corinne and Todd, Chris (1998) Working with team midwifery: health visitors' views of one team midwifery scheme. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 27 (3). pp. 546-552. ISSN 0309-2402

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Abstract

The fragmented nature of maternity services in the UK has led to the introduction of various forms of team midwifery scheme. The aim of such schemes is usually to increase continuity through the provision of antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal care to women by a small team of midwives. Few published studies of this organization of midwifery care exist, and even fewer consider the impact of such schemes on related health professionals. This paper presents the results of an independent survey of health visitors working alongside one team midwifery scheme in the south-east of England. Eighty per cent of the health visitors thought that team midwifery was a good idea in theory; however, just 27% thought it was working well locally and 70% reported that they would like to go back to working in the way they did before the introduction of team midwifery. The survey highlighted the health visitors’ concerns in relation to team midwifery locally. Two issues were paramount: firstly a reported deterioration in interdisciplinary communications, and secondly a perceived loss of continuity for the women. Thus team midwifery, as implemented in this locality, may not attain the goals aimed at by the organization of care in this way.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: team midwifery,health visitors,evaluation,continuity of care,communications
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Health Sciences
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Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 27 Oct 2016 12:00
Last Modified: 25 Jul 2018 12:50
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/61095
DOI: 10.1046/j.1365-2648.1998.00554.x

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