In-country refugee midwifery programme for professional body registration process and employment support
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School of Health, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, United Kingdom
Publication date: 2023-10-24
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Margarita Flora Akyla   

School of Health, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, United Kingdom
Eur J Midwifery 2023;7(Supplement 1):A52
Many of the refugees that arrive in United Kingdom are health professionals in their own countries with extensive clinical experience and knowledge. In recent years, Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) led the pilot refugee nurse support programme, intended to support in country refugee nurses into employment and registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), the official professional and regulatory body in the UK. The requirements for registration include proof of identification, equivalent qualification, clinical skills assessment, IT competency and competence in the English language. Evaluation of the first two cohorts identified challenges of meeting the minimum language requirements, lack of knowledge on how to proceed with professional registration, healthcare, social, legal, and cultural context within the UK. Following this, a bespoke four-week pilot course was held for the first-time in June 2022 for refugee midwives alongside nurses. An applied transitional pedagogic approach was utilised to educate the midwives in the context of working as a registered, autonomous, and accountable professional within the National Health System (NHS). The course incorporated principles of working in a multidisciplinary team, a foundation of Midwifery Standards and boundaries, simulation based clinical skills’ training, continuous professional development, job interviews and personal statements’ advice. Each refugee midwife was allocated an academic mentor who provided them with pastoral care and verbal feedback was positive. In most cases, it enabled them to gain insight into the role within the UK, encouraged them to initiate the registration process and off course seek employment within Maternity Services.
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