Sometimes known as maternity healthcare support workers, these
staff work under the supervision of qualified midwives and assist
in the care of mothers and babies.
Maternity support workers (MSWs) have a range of responsibilities which will vary, depending on the exact role. These will be done under supervision of a qualified midwife, and would usually include tasks such as:
They work in a variety of settings, including:
They need to be able to cope with emergency situations, as well as, more straightforward labour.
MSWs will normally need a good general education, maybe with NVQ level 2 or equivalent qualifications.
MSWs may also need a driving licence.
Most NHS employers advertise on the NHS Jobs website. Trusts may also advertise in the local press.
For further information, contact your local NHS trust. A list of trusts can be found on the NHS Choices website.