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As a result of legislative change prompted by the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO 2013) report and the Kirkup Report, the Nursing and Midwifery Council and the Department of Health, the function of Local Supervising Authorities and statutory supervision of midwifery was removed on 31 March 2017.

The new employer-led model of midwifery supervision, developed by the National Local Supervising Authority taskforce, is termed A-EQUIP: an acronym for "advocating and educating for quality improvement". The A-EQUIP model is made up of four distinct functions:

  • Normative

  • Restorative

  • Personal action for quality improvement

  • Education and development.

The role and title Supervisor of Midwives is no longer statutory and has been replaced with a new title and role - Professional Midwifery Advocate.


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