Protecting human rights in childbirth

Personalised Care Institute launches vital new e-learning module

NHS England’s Personalised Care Institute (PCI) has launched a brand-new e-learning module on personalised care in maternity services.

The module, which is free to access and takes around 30 minutes, aims to give all those working in maternity care the knowledge and skills they need to have meaningful choice conversations with women and birthing people, leading to informed consent.

Maria Booker, Birthrights’ Programmes Director, was one of the authors of the e-learning module, alongside Natasha Smith, member Expert panel for Birthrights’ racial injustice inquiry and service user; Sarah Winfield, consultant obstetrician at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust; and Kathryn Gutteridge, President of the Royal Colleges of Midwives.

Maria said:

“I was delighted to be able to bring Birthright’s knowledge of the law (in particular the Montgomery vs Lanarkshire judgement) and the experience of women and birthing people contacting our advice line to this e-learning module. We hope that this vital resource will enable healthcare professionals to feel more confident about what “good” looks like and to identify and address any gaps in their practice”

The e-learning module can be accessed from Birthrights’ website or directly from the PCI’s learning hub.

To find out more about the in-depth training offered by Birthrights, please see our training pages.

Notes to editors

About the Personalised Care Institute

In September 2020, NHS England launched the Personalised Care Institute (PCI) to help staff involved in people’s health and care develop the knowledge and skills to support the implementation of the NHS Long Term Plan and the Comprehensive Model for Personalised Care.

Find out more about the PCI or read their press release.

About Birthrights

Birthrights is the UK’s only organisation dedicated to improving the experience of pregnancy and childbirth by promoting respect for human rights. We believe that all are entitled to respectful maternity care that protects their fundamental rights to dignity, autonomy, privacy and equality. We provide advice and legal information to women and birthing people, train healthcare professionals to deliver rights-respecting care and campaign to change maternity policy and systems.

Read our mission statement and values.

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