Maternity Support Worker

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Role: Maternity Support Worker

A Maternity Support Worker (MSW) is an unregistered employee providing support to a maternity team, mothers and their families. The MSW undertakes duties in a maternity setting for which midwifery training and registration are not required, but always under the direction and supervision of a registered midwife.

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Level: Bands 2, 3 and 4

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Qualifications & skills to access role

This is a values based position, with recruits needing to show the right motivations and interests.

Depending on the employer a range from the following may also be needed: GCSEs, CACHE/NNEB/BETC/NVQ

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Useful experience

Any experience of working with mothers, babies and families would be of value, be this through a volunteering role or through personal/family experiences.

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An MSW can become a Band 5 Midwife through taking a BSc Midwifery degree, or where offered by an employer a degree apprenticeship. A’Levels or BTECs would be required to enter these courses.

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Where I can work

Hospital maternity units, residents’ homes, birth centres, GP surgeries
More information on where midwives can work

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Associated roles

There are no directly associated roles from being an MSW, however with progression numerous opportunities present themselves.