Healthcare support staff can work in a variety of different settings within the NHS and private care facilities. The role of the support staff is to provide assistance to healthcare professionals in diagnosing, treating and caring for patients.
The ABBE Level 3 Diploma in Healthcare Support (Maternity) is for those working in a Maternity environment. They are essential to the delivery of high quality, safe care for women, neonates and families during the antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal period. Their roles are varied depending which maternity setting they work in, but in all areas they are responsible for delivering care under the supervision of registered midwives.
Typical roles include maternal and neonatal observations, effectively responding to emergencies, health promotion and infant feeding support. Their roles and duties are outlined in the Royal College of Midwives Roles and responsibilities of MSWs published in 2016 and more recently and in more depth in the Health Education England MSW Competency, Education and Career development framework.
This qualification confirms occupational competence.