RCM Annual Conference

Programme

The RCM Annual Conference 2018 main and student programme strands can be viewed below.

Keep checking back for regular programme and speaker updates!

Please note: the student conference is only running on 4 October

 

MAIN PROGRAMME

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    REGISTRATION

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    Plenary session 1: RCM chief executive Gill Walton in conversation with Susan Bookbinder

    • Come and listen to the RCM’s chief executive Gill Walton, one year on from taking up the role, ‘in conversation’ with renowned journalist Susan Bookbinder.
    • Hear the latest on ‘The Big Conversation’ member engagement programme. What key issues has it raised? How will it steer the future of the RCM and the profession?
    • Don’t forget to tweet your questions, to be put to Gill during the session.

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    Plenary session 2: Systems design and patient safety – learning from our mistakes

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    Plenary session 3: Multidisciplinary teamworking: it’s more than a buzz phrase

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    Plenary session 4: Perinatal mental health: from the personal to the big picture

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    Plenary session 5: Challenging inequality, sexism and discrimination

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    Plenary session 6: Session details coming soon

STUDENT PROGRAMME

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    Student plenary session 1: Welcome address from RCM president Kathryn Gutteridge

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    Student plenary session 2: Growing a baby by a mother of daughters

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    Student plenary session 3: Stillbirth: caring and coping, preparing and understanding

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    Student plenary session 4: Meet the experts

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    Student plenary session 5: The wilderness: succeeding in your second year

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    Student plenary Session 6: Expectations and challenges of life as an NQM

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    Student plenary session 7: Session details coming soon

MAIN DAY 2

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    Plenary session 1: Putting policy into practice

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    Plenary session 2: The top, the middle and the bottom: leadership at every level

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    Plenary session 3: Partnership and professional leadership: what do the most influential women in healthcare have to say?

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    Plenary session 4: On the margins: improving outcomes for vulnerable women

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    Plenary session 5: Session details coming soon

Students will join the main conference in the auditorium

 

Speaker: Professor Cathy Warwick CBE,  chief executive, RCM

 

In her annual address, Cathy will discuss the challenges for maternity services, the midwifery profession and the RCM and introduce the conference theme of Safety, Standards, Experience.

Students will join the main conference in the auditorium

 

Chair: Professor Cathy Warwick CBE, chief executive, RCM
Speaker: Martin Bromiley, chair, Clinical Human Factors Group

 

In 2005, Elaine Bromiley, a 37-year-old woman attending hospital for a routine operation, died after unexpected complications led to her suffering catastrophic brain damage. Her husband, Martin Bromiley, with his perspective on safety management as a commercial airline pilot, is now an influential advocate for improved safety culture in health care. As a result of his personal experience, Martin Bromiley founded the Clinical Human Factors Group in 2007. This group brings together experts, clinicians and enthusiasts who have an interest in placing the understanding of human factors at the heart of improving patient safety.

 

Trying to wrestle with agendas that sometimes seem to reduce issues down to a binary ‘it’s either safe or it’s woman-centred’ is an enormous challenge, while we still face unacceptable variations in outcome and experience, unnecessary interventions and decision-making that doesn’t reflect the evidence. In this challenging and uplifting keynote presentation, Martin will focus on how organisations can learn from mistakes, building safety cultures that don’t blame individuals.

 

KEY REASONS TO ATTEND (delegate outcomes): 

 

  • What is the RCM’s vision for high-quality maternity care?
  • How can every individual midwife engage with the changing health care?
  • What does it take to learn and improve from adversity and tragedy?
  • What does it take to go from ‘good’ to ‘great’?

 

TOPIC AREAS COVERED:

 

  • How continuity can work for women and midwives
  • How safety and experience can be mutually enhancing
  • Challenge yourself about your aspiration, your practice and your future
  • What does a learning culture really look like?

Chair: Laura Godfrey-Isaacs, chair and Natalie Corden, deputy chair, RCM Student Midwifes Forum

 

 

Chair: Liz Wonders, RCM Student Midwives Forum member

 

Speakers: Jacque Gerrard, director, RCM England and Professor Lesley Page CBE, president, RCM

 

What does it mean to be a professional?  What accountabilities and responsibilities does a professional carry?  How is the midwifery profession changing?  How has the availability of information for women through multiple media transformed us from repositories of knowledge to interpreters of evidence in partnership with women?

The new professional – What does it mean to be a professional?  What accountabilities and responsibilities does a professional carry?  How is the midwifery profession changing?

Chair: Natalie Corden, deputy chair, Student Midwives Forum

 

Speaker: Professor Mavis Kirkham, professor of midwifery, University of the West of Scotland

This session will use two research studies, my own experience as a midwife and two poems to examine how we cope with loss and grief, especially following stillbirths and neonatal deaths. Short term and long term coping techniques will be explored together with their impact on ourselves and our practice. Particular attention will be given to caring for ourselves and each other.

Choose from one four special interest track sessions

 

1 – Inspiration: 

Chair: Emma Martley, Student Midwife, University of Cumbria and SMF Member
Supporting Pregnancy through Cancer and Beyond
Speaker: Nicolette Peel, charity chair, Mummy’s Star and midwife, university of Salford (winner of The President’s Volunteer Award 2016)

 

Blood to Baby
Speaker: Hannah Tizard, student midwife, University of Central Lancashire (winner of 
JOHNSON’S® Award for Evidence into Practice 2016)

 

 

2 – Work ready: 

Chair: Rachel Evans, RCM Student Midwives Forum member

Starting out as a midwife
Speaker: Jonathan Cliffe, newly qualified midwife, Warrington and Halton NHS Foundation Trust

 

The Manager’s viewpoint
Speaker: Carmel McCalmont, head of midwifery,  University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust

 

3 – Challenge: 

Chair: Lydia Thompson, RCM Student Midwives Forum member

Unconscious bias and equalities
Speaker: Mark Harris, midwife, Birthing for Blokes

 

Birth in the Media
Speaker: Laura Godfrey- Isaacs, newly qualified midwife, King’s College London

 

4 – Meet the experts:

Facilitating: Alana Divito and Ellie Whitaker, RCM Student Midwives Forum members

 

Delegates will rotate to join information conversations in small groups with midwifery profession leaders and RCM advisors. Our experts and topics include:

Changing Practice

Amanda Burleigh, RCM board member

Continuity

Lyndall Hall, RCM Better Births

Health, Safety and Wellbeing

Amy Leversidge, employment relations advisor, RCM

Setting up a Midwifery Society

Denise Linay, head of organising and engagement, RCM

Getting involved in the RCM

Natalie Linder, RCM board member

Continuing your learning

Carmel Lloyd, head of education and learning, RCM

Making services accessible

Gergana Nikolovna, RCM Fellow

What I look for when recruiting

Lynne Pacanowski, RCM board member

Midwifery vision and values

Professor Lesley Page CBE, president, RCM

Getting into research

Octavia Wiseman, research assistant, REACH Pregnancy Programme, City, University of London

Chair: Natalie Corden, deputy chair, RCM Student Midwives Forum

 

Maternal Mental Health

Speakers: Dr Liz McDonald, consultant perinatal psychiatrist, chair of Royal College of Psychiatrists Perinatal Faculty, member NICE Guideline Development Group and Emily Slater, campaign manager, Maternal Mental Health Alliance

One in five mothers suffer from depression, suicide, anxiety and in some cases psychosis during pregnancy, yet service provision is lamentably inadequate.  Midwives play a central role in supporting the emotional well-being of women, their babies and families, to ensure that all women with mental health concerns get appropriate and timely care. The RCM believes that all health professionals should give equal importance to women’s mental and physical health, throughout pregnancy and after the birth. In this session student delegates will gain insight into the experience of women who suffer mental illness during or after pregnancy, understand the role of midwives in supporting women and families and hear from a leading consultant psychiatrist on the need for more effective, better resourced identification and treatment of women at risk.

Chair: Shaunee Jamieson, Student Midwives Forum member

 

Facilitated by: Professor Cathy Warwick CBE, chief executive, RCM

 

This lively and interactive session is your chance to shine by presenting a single idea which would make a difference in improving maternity services.  In this session facilitated by RCM Chief Executive Professor Cathy Warwick, any delegate can put forward an idea for discussion.  Those selected will have just 90 seconds to explain their idea to the conference.  Cathy will then help the presenter to expand on their idea or shape it, and take questions from delegates.  At the end of the session, delegates will vote for the best idea for which the presenter will win a prize.

Click here to read more about last year’s winner.

Professor Cathy Warwick CBE