This grant is available for an experienced individual midwife who is re-locating to a rural locality to join an existing midwifery practice or an individual LMC midwife who is currently practising within the area. The following criteria must be met in order for a midwife to apply for a Placement Grant.
- Is intending to practice in a locality in which there is a quantified shortage of LMC midwives and is moving to the locality from another area
- Intends to provide LMC services to local women within the locality
- Intends to remain practising as an LMC in the locality for at least 3 years
- Plans to birth most women locally
- Is willing to build up to a caseload of at least 20 women over the first 12 months of her placement and ideally develop and maintain a caseload of about 40 women per year (or less by negotiation)
- Demonstrates that she is join an existing practice and / or is willing to work collegially with other midwives in the locality to provide and receive back up, in order to ensure a sustainable 24 hour / 7 day a week primary maternity service is provided
- Demonstrates that she has made contact with local midwives and maternity service providers to determine that it is a viable caseload available.
- Agrees to use MMPO Maternity Notes and Practice Management System for all women she provides LMC care to
- Agrees to provide 6 monthly reports to the RMRRS on the service being provided for the duration of the placement
- Agrees to be involved in the recruitment and orientation of a replacement midwife should she choose to leave after the completion of the 3 year placement
- Agrees to receive mentorship from a rural midwife mentor (provided by the RMRRS) for the first 12 months of the placement
Ideally no Placement Grant will have been previously provided to any midwives practicing within the same locality, but case by case exceptions can be considered
Application Approval Process
In order to apply for this grant, the LMC midwife needs to:
- Complete the Placement Grant application form
- Agree to the conditions of the Grant and the associated Contract. This includes demonstrating that she has negotiated with current LMC midwives for back-up and practice support.
- The application form and will be assessed by the RMRRS Advisory Group. This process will include the RMRRS Advisory Group verifying the information provided by the midwife applicant with individuals who are from the region the midwife is intending to move to (such as DHB staff, local midwives and service providers).
- There are a limited number of grants that can be administered each financial year. Therefore each application is assessed for its suitability and then prioritised in relation to the shortage of midwives in the area and the remoteness of the area.
Applications are assessed within the quarter they are received in and approved or declined at the end of that quarter. An application that has been declined may be reassessed in the following quarter if insufficient new applications have been received or the declined application has greater priority than any new applications received.
Following approval, a commencement date is established and the Contract and Service and Funding Schedule are co-signed by the midwife and the RMRRS Co-ordinator. Payments are made in 3 separate installments over a 12 month period (subject to meeting contract requirements). Once the paperwork is completed:
- The midwife receives orientation information on the service and makes contact with the local maternity services to arrange service commencement.
- Commences service provision with the appropriate Access Agreements and required midwifery resources.
- Arranges mentorship which is paid through the Rural Midwifery Recruitment and Retention Service.
- Provides reports at 6 and 12 monthly intervals prior to receiving remaining installments