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Midwives: Training

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 29 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what training in nutrition (a) midwives and (b) health visitors are required to undertake. (200566)

I have been asked to reply.

Setting standards and curricula for health professional training is the responsibility of the statutory and professional bodies. Nutritional training is a component of the standard training for midwives and health visitors set by the Nursing and Midwifery Council. This can found at

www.nmc-uk.org.

Access to training is affected by a number of factors such as the availability of funding, whether staff can be released, the availability of appropriate training interventions, mentors and assessors. It would not be practical for the centre to be prescriptive on this.