Support for parents - How supervision and supervisors of
Midwives can help you
Supervisors of Midwives give guidance and support to both
Midwives and you to ensure 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.
Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has a robust
structure of SOMs, covering all of our service area. For further
details please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
for details of your SOM.
The South West, South Central and South East Coast Strategic
Health Authorities hold the statutory responsibilities as the Local
Supervising Authority (LSA) across the NHS South of England region.
The Local Supervising Authority (LSA) must ensure that statutory
supervision of Midwives within the region is of a satisfactory
standard and ensure midwifery practice is safe within its
boundaries. This includes all Midwives practising in the region,
irrespective of their employer.
The three strategic health authorities that cover the NHS South
of England region discharge their responsibility through the
appointment of the Local Supervisory Midwifery Officer (LSA
Midwifery Officer). The LSA Midwifery Officer is professionally
accountable to the Nursing and Midwifery Council for the UK
The Local Supervising Authority Midwifery Officers for
the NHS South of England region are:
National guidelines for supervisors of midwives can
be found here: www.lsamoforumuk.scot.nhs.uk
Guidelines are produced by the LSAMO Forum UK to ensure the
equality of supervision across the UK and these guidelines are held
centrally for anyone to access. If you cannot find a
guideline please contact the LSAMO or the LSA offices.
The role of the Local Supervisory Midwifery Officer (LSA
The Midwives Rules and Standards (2004) govern the framework in
which Midwives and Supervisors of Midwives meet the requirements of
the Nursing and Midwifery Order 2001. Articles 42 and
43 of this Order describe the NMC rules for the regulation of
Midwifery, describing the role of supervision and the LSA Midwifery
Responsibilities of the LSA Midwifery Officer