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Organisational culture within healthcare


Organisational culture within healthcare


With its complex nature, the NHS as an organisation encompasses many differing cultures and norms. The care women and their families receive is influenced by the organisational culture within maternity services, remaining consistent and lying below the surface. This module focuses on the definition of organisational culture, providing an explanation of the impact it has on health and maternity care.

Learning objectives

Completing this resource will enable you to:

  • Understand what organisational culture is and how this affects health care and maternity care
  • Identify the impact of organisational culture on childbearing women, babies, families and midwifery practice
  • Reflect on your personal experience of organisational culture
  • Gain an understanding of resilience and its relevance to midwifery practice

Keywords and linking topics

Organisation, culture, workplace, bullying, resilience, midwifery, healthcare, communication, collaboration, change

The activities and questions that form part of this resource will enable you to assess your knowledge and reflect on how you can incorporate it into your own practice. In the following questions, please select the answer that you believe to be correct. This will be marked and then you move on to the next question. If you wish, at the end you can return for a further attempt at the questions.

Upon completion of the module, you will be able to download and save or print a certificate to include in your CPD/revalidation portfolio.