Supervisors of midwives

Who are Supervisors of Midwives?

Supervisors of Midwives (SoM's) are experienced practicing midwives who have undertaken additional education and training to support, guide and supervise midwives. Every midwife must have a named Supervisor of Midwives. The SoM's work throughout the GHNHSFT in clinical and managerial roles based at Cheltenham, Stroud, Forest of Dean and Gloucester. These supervisors are accountable to NHS England and they provide completely impartial advice.

Contacting a Supervisor of Midwives

Supervisors of midwives are available 24 hours a day. Simply contact our switchboard on 0300 422 2222 and ask for a Supervisor of Midwives. For issues that are not urgent, you can also email: (this is monitored only within normal working hours).


A supervisor can:.

 - listen to any concerns you may have about your maternity care and take action if it is felt to be appropriate.

 - support you and your midwife to plan your pregnancy care and plan for the birth of your baby.

 - discuss with you the most appropriate choices for you and your baby.

 - help to resolve any disagreements about your maternity care in an unbiased and impartial manner.

 - talk to you if you are unhappy about your birth outcome or treatment. 

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What is the role of a Supervisor of Midwives?

Supervisors of Midwives (SOMs) develop and maintain safe practice to ensure protection of you, your baby and family. They meet regularly with midwives and ensure a high standard of care is provided.

What do Supervisors of Midwives do?

Supervisors of Midwives give guidance and support to both midwives and you. They support the practice of midwives and 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.
They act as positive role models for midwives, guiding and supporting them in developing skills and expertise. If a midwife requires additional education, training and support in practice, a Supervisor can recommend a formal programme of supervised practice. (information sourced from Nursing and Midwifery Council 2008)

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More information

For further information about the Standards of Supervision and the work of our Supervisors of Midwives visit or contact the local supervising authority midwifery officer (LSAMOs):

Helen Pearce

NHS South of England
South West House
Blackbrook Park Avenue
TA1 2PX 

01823 361275

This information was brought to you jointly by the Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust SoM team and the women they care for.