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Supervisors of Midwives

What is a Supervisor of Midwives?

Supervisors of Midwives are experienced practising midwives who have undertaken additional education and training to support, guide and supervise midwives. Every midwife must have a named Supervisor of Midwives.

What is the role of a Supervisor?

Supervision of midwives is a legal professional requirement, which has been in existence since 1902.

All midwives, wherever they work, meet regularly with a Supervisor of Midwives. They should develop a good working relationship with their supervisor, in order to enhance the standard of care provided for mothers and babies.

Within the NHS the role of the Supervisor of Midwives is complementary to but different from the role of the midwifery manager. Supervisors are accountable to the Local Supervising Authority, and the role is solely about standards of midwifery care and safety of mothers and babies.

What do Supervisors do?

Supervisors of midwives give guidance and support to both midwives and you. We help midwives in their education and skills development to enhance standards of care for mothers and babies.  We also monitor midwives practise to ensure they are developing their skills and expertise. This helps to know that the care offered is right for you, is given in the right place, by the right person and that it will benefit you and your baby.

How can a Supervisor of Midwives help you?

  • Listening to and being an advocate for women who have concerns about their maternity care.
  • Supporting and advising you and your midwife in your care choices; for example place of birth.
  • Creating an environment that facilitates effective communication between you and your midwife about your care.
  • Saint Mary's Supervisors run a clinic on the second and last Friday of every month. If you would like an appointment please contact us.

Please read the Nursing and Midwifery Council leaflet 'Support for parents'.

How do I contact a Supervisor of Midwives?

You can always contact a Supervisor of Midwives by phoning (0161) 276 1234 and asking for the 6060 Bleep holder who keeps a list of the supervisors of midwives and their contact details.

Alternatively you can contact us via email at supervisors.midwives@cmft.nhs.uk

If you have problems contacting a supervisor please let the Local Supervising Authorities office know.

What are Local Supervising Authorities (LSAs)?

The Local Supervising Authority oversees the local supervision of midwives and is responsible for standard setting and regulation. You can find out more about the regulation and supervision of midwives on the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) website http://www.nmc-uk.org.


Factsheet Midwifery Supervision and LSA:



Contact details for the local supervising authority midwifery officers (LSAMOs): http://www.nmc-uk.org/Nurses-and-midwives/Midwifery-New/Contact-a-LSAMO1/