The Challenges facing midwifery educators in sustaining a future education workforce.

Albarran, J.W. and Rosser, E., 2014. The Challenges facing midwifery educators in sustaining a future education workforce. Midwifery, 30 (8), 949 - 955 .

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DOI: 10.1016/j.midw.2013.07.016

Abstract

Background national and international trends have identified concerns over the ability of health and social care workforces in meeting the needs of service users. Attention has increasingly been drawn to problems of recruiting and retaining professionals within higher education; however data in relation to the midwifery profession is scant. Aim to examine the perceptions and experiences of midwifery educators, in south-west England, about the challenges facing them sustaining the education workforce of the future. Design a mixed methodology approach was adopted involving heads of midwifery education and midwife educators. Methodology midwifery participants were recruited from three higher education institutions in south west England. Data collection comprised of self-administered questionnaires plus individual qualitative interviews with heads of midwifery education (n=3), and tape recorded focus groups with midwife academics (n=19). Numerical data were analysed using descriptive statistics. Textual data were analysed for themes that represented the experiences and perspectives of participants. Ethics approval was granted by one University Ethics committee. Findings demographic data suggests that within south-west England, there is a clear ageing population and few in possession of a doctorate within midwifery. The six identified sub-themes represented in the data describe challenges and tensions that midwifery academics experienced in their efforts to attract new recruits and retain those in post in a highly changing educational environment which demands more from a contracting workforce. Conclusion and implications for practice there remain some serious challenges facing midwifery educators in sustaining the future education workforce, which if unresolved may jeopardise standards of education and quality of care women receive. Active succession planning and more radical approaches that embrace flexible careers will enable educational workforce to be sustained and by a clinically credible and scholarly orientated midwifery workforce.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:0266-6138
Uncontrolled Keywords:Educational midwifery workforce, Recruitment, Retention
Subjects:UNSPECIFIED
Group:School of Health and Social Care
ID Code:21744
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:03 Mar 2015 16:05
Last Modified:03 Mar 2015 16:05

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