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Meeting with Chief Nursing Officer on 14th January 2008.

The IMA has had its third meeting with the CNO to discuss developments since last year:

  • Work on The White Paper ‘ Trust, Assurance and Safety – The Regulation of Health Care Professionals in the 21st Century’ is not expected to be completed before end of 2009 / early 2010. A consultation period will then follow. It is under this White Paper that any changes required to make Professional Indemnity Insurance (PII) mandatory will happen. We will be informed if there is any alteration to this timetable.
  • The Health and Social Care Bill continues its progress through Parliament. It is expected that Royal Assent will be received in July of this year and that a formal consultation on implementation will then begin. Clauses contained in this Bill are designed to empower PCTs to commission services from a range of Providers and give these Providers access to some form of insurance cover via the NHS Litigation Authority.
  • It is envisaged that the above legislation will then enable independent midwives to contract in to PCTs to offer midwifery services and to access insurance cover .

 What we are doing?

  • The IMA is undertaking a radical restructuring of its organisation so that it can become a Social Enterprise Company, well placed to negotiate a template contract which could then be used by all PCTs to commission IMs. The IMA continues to search for commercial professional indemnity insurance for non NHS options.
  • The plan is that the new company will act as an ‘umbrella organisation’ so that individual IMs or small group practices can subcontract in via the IMA, thereby retaining their autonomy and self employed status, but having the support of a national organisation through which to negotiate sustainable terms and conditions.
  • There is much to be done! The IMA has engaged the services of a specialist legal firm in order to adopt the most appropriate legal structure prior to becoming a social enterprise. We need to fundraise a considerable sum of money to undertake this work and the follow on process of developing a contract etc.
  • As well as applying to a number of different Government sources for investment grants/loans and support we are planning a number of fundraising events, the first of which is the premiere UK screening of the film ‘The Business of Being Born’. To ensure your tickets to this ‘must see’ event please book NOW to avoid disappointment!