Professional Midwifery Advocates Training – Competitive Quotation

Professional Midwifery Advocates Training – Competitive Quotation

NHS England and NHS Improvement wish to commission a supplier to deliver a bespoke RCS training to new PMAs in England.

New Professional Midwifery Advocates (PMA) training

Contract summary



  • Health training services – 80561000
  • Health services – 85100000

Location of contract


Value of contract


Procurement reference


Published date

29 October 2021

Closing date

12 November 2021

Closing time


Contract start date

29 November 2021

Contract end date

31 March 2022

Contract type

Service contract

Procedure type

Competitive quotation (non-OJEU)

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NHS England & NHS Improvement (NHSEI) wish to commission a supplier to deliver a bespoke RCS training to new PMAs in England. This will help ensure PMAs can provide effective RCS to the workforce during and after the pandemic.

Training can be delivered virtually/remotely and it is to commence before end of March 2022. The course offer should consist of a10-day programme.

It is widely recognized that all sectors of the healthcare workforce were already experiencing widespread stress, mental health problems and burnout. The spread of corona virus (COVID-19) across the globe and the associated morbidity and mortality has challenged nations and their health services by several means. These existing levels of work-related health problems are likely rise further due to the exceptional pressure that many nurses and midwifery staff are experiencing during the pandemic (Kinman et al 2020; NHS Confederation 2020; West et al 2020). Bespoke mental health support for both professional groups is needed now more than ever, especially as post COVID syndrome is currently a part of the work life of many NHS staff.

The role of a Professional Midwifery Advocate (PMA) and use of A-EQUIP model (advocating for education and quality improvement) is well placed to facilitate support during this time. In order to provide further support to midwifery staff, there is a need to increase the number of PMAs across the country.

Currently there are between 50 to 120 PMAs within each of the seven regions, totalling approximately 800 PMAs in England. At present, there is variation in the degree of PMA support available to maternity services, ranging from full time posts, to sessional support to no PMA support at all.

In order to increase the number of PMAs in England, NHSE/I are providing £100,000 (25,000 per region) towards further PMA training places. These funds will appoint four Higher Education Institutes in England which already provide PMA training to deliver further training in:
• London
• North East and North West England
• Midlands and East of England
• South West and South East of England

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About the buyer


Contact name

Sajjad Khan


Quarry Hill