RCM Virtual Conference

Day 1 Programme

STREAM A

Speakers
Gill Walton, Chief Executive & General Secretary, RCM
Rebeccah Davies, President, RCM

 

Session description
A welcome message from Chief Executive/General Secretary Gill Walton with an overview of the past year, reflections on moving forward together and the expectations for the next 12 months.

An introduction to the new President, their expectations during their time in post and overview of their career to date.

Speakers
Helen Rogers,
Director, RCM Wales
Professor Pauline Slade, Professor in Clinical Psychology/Consultant Clinical Psychologist, University of Liverpool
Professor Helen Spiby, Professor of Midwifery, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, Nottingham University

 

Session description
This session will be looking at vicarious trauma and the effects on all maternity staff, ensuring members recognise when they need support and what can be done to support them in services, linking this with the RCM Caring for You campaign.

This is a supportive session to help delegates acknowledge the need for self-care and recognise PTSD symptoms, with signposting to support. The message is: it’s ok not to be ok, so ask for help.

SESSION SPONSOR: WaterWipes

 

Speaker: Dr Fiona MacVane Phipps

 

This presentation reports on a large-scale research project conducted in a major Northern English Urban area in 2018-2019 involving 698 mothers and babies. Data collected daily over an 8 week period in this midwifery-led, real world research project demonstrated that baby wipes with the fewest ingredients were the kindest to new born infants' skin, in terms of maintaining skin integrity. Babies whose skin was cleansed with one brand of wipe, out of the three tested, developed fewer incidences of nappy rash, and when they did, the length of the rash period was significantly shorter.

Speakers
Birte Harlev-Lam, Executive Director, Midwife, RCM
Sascha Wells-Munro OBE, Deputy Chief Midwifery Officer for England, NHSE/I
Valerie Wilson, Director of Midwifery, Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board

Session description
Too often when there are incidents, we look to blame individuals rather than the systems within which they work. Is it time that we changed this approach so that we can truly learn from what went wrong and put systems in place that support staff to provide safe care which is sustainable? The panel will highlight safety in maternity services. Taking Cwm Taf Morgannwg maternity services as a case study, the session will cover why they were put in special measures, and then focus on what progress has been made in the Health Board against the improvement plan.  

Speakers
Andrea Sutcliffe CBE, Chief Executive and Registrar, Nursing and Midwifery Council
Jo Williams, Helen Kaye, Ella Simpson and Renee Bull, SMF representatives

 

Session description
During this session, we will discuss the Future Midwife, and the practical impact of moving from a supervisor to mentor model for students.

Members from the student forum will put questions forward regarding preparing for registration and the role of the NMC in tackling racism and poor behaviours and practice.

Speakers
Ann Remmers,
Maternal and Neonatal Clinical lead West of England, AHSN
Dr Gloria Rowland, Chief Nurse & Executive Director of Quality, South West London Local Maternity System

Session description
This will be an honest discussion about current lived experiences of midwives of colour, showing the path and responsibility we all have for facing our own unconscious bias, developing cultural competency, and standing together to address discrimination and prejudice. 

STREAM B

Speakers
Keelie Barrett,
Maternity support worker, East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust (speaker and session chair)
Dr Thomas Kitchen, Consultant Anaesthetist & Deputy Director of HHP Wales, Health for Health Professionals Wales

Session description
Do you often struggle and feel overwhelmed? Would you benefit from knowing what support there is available? During this session we will be highlighting the service that Health for Health Professionals (HHP) provides, how it works, and why it is particularly relevant during the pandemic and as we move towards restoration of staff and services.  

The session Chair will the join the conversation to talk about how civility is everybody's business and the importance of treating everyone with kindness and respect.

Speaker 
Dr Christy Burden, Consultant Senior Lecturer and Head of the Academic Women’s Health Unit, University of Bristol
Dr Jenny Carter, Research Fellow, Tommy's National Centre for Maternity Improvement, King's College London
Elaine Sheehan, Project Midwife for Digital Development and Implementation, Tommy's National Centre for Maternity Improvement
Basky Thilaganathan, Professor and Clinical Director, Tommy's National Centre for Maternity Improvement
Hannah Wilson, Project Midwife for Digital Development and Implementation, Tommy's National Centre for Maternity Improvement / Senior Research Midwife Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) / Guys and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
Maria Viner, Chief Executive Officer, Mothers for Mothers

 

Session description
Tommy’s has over 25 years of experience and collaboration is central to the way we work. Our partnerships with RCM and the RCOG, and our long-standing relationships with NHS and health bodies such as Public Health England, will enable us to reach health professionals and ensure that the digital tool meets their needs. The Tommys team will inform the delegates about the Tommys decision tool the importance of it for clinical practice and for improving the safety and outcomes for women and babies. The tool assesses the women’s risks for premature birth and placental function and provides clinical decision support to clinicians in practice.

Speakers
Katie Christie, Consultant Midwife, University Hospitals Sussex
Shelly Higgins, Consultant Midwife, Powys Teaching Health Board
Maureen McSherry, Consultant Midwife, NHS Lanarkshire
Margaret Rogan, Consultant Midwife, Belfast Health & Social Care Trust

 

Session description 
Consultant Midwives from all four countries will talk about some of the challenges they have faced and the solutions they have put in place to address them. The panel will highlight the added value that the role of Consultant Midwife brings, not just to the women who wish to birth outside of guidelines, but to all women and their families, and midwives and support workers too.

Speakers
Karen Gray, Governance Midwife, South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust
Hermione Jackson, Digital Midwife, RCM
Dr Alison Little, Midwife Consultant, Public Health Agency
Misbah Mahmood, Digital Midwife, Leeds Teaching Hospitals
Anne Watkins, Senior Midwife Digital Lead, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board
Jennie Wild, Digital Midwife, NHS Highland, Argyll and Bute

Session description
Digital Midwifery Leaders will share their local innovations to improve women’s pregnancy experience. Showcasing digital innovations from across the UK this session will highlight the improvements made to women’s access to their personal health records, and their access to services throughout the pregnancy journey.  

Day 2 Programme

STREAM A

Speakers
Afua Hirsch, Award-winning writer, broadcaster and film maker. Founder, Born in Me productions
Suzanne Tyler, Director of Services to Members, RCM

 

Session description
Afua joins Suzanne to talk about her book Brit(ish): On Race, Identity and Belonging. The conversation focuses on race and identity and brings in privilege, class, allyship. How can our members learn from the individual stories and the dryness of academic policy reports into race which miss the lived experience. It is really important for the RCM as it is still struggling to create the safe space where our members can share, learn, challenge and change.

Speakers
Siobhain Leith, Midwife Practice Educator, Aberdeen Maternity Hospital
Linda Machakaire, Head of Midwifery, Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust
Grace Thomas, Reader in Midwifery & Lead Midwife for Education, Cardiff University

 

Session description
Preparing the midwives of the future, for the future - this session will look at the education of student midwives, covering the Future Midwife Standards and who needs to know about them. Delegates will also hear about the First Five Years project in Scotland; what is it, how was it developed and what impact is it having on midwives as they move on from being newly qualified to develop skills and expertise to enhance their careers. 

There will also be focus on a mentorship scheme which is specific for midwives who come from a black or brown background, exploring its impact and how mentors were identified.

Speakers
Dr Juliet Rayment,
Re:birth Research Fellow, RCM
Dr Mary Ross-Davie, Director for Professional Midwifery, RCM

 

Session description
In recent years debate and controversy has sprung up around the language we use to refer to different types of birth, with terms like ‘normal birth’ becoming increasingly divisive. This session will explore the debates now taking place and what the language of birth means to different people, and inform delegates about the RCM’s Re:Birth project, how it is engaging with members to hear their views, and the next steps for the RCM.

Speakers
Details coming soon

 

Session description
This session will explore midwifery from a global perspective, discussing key international strategies and reports, and sharing details from some of the global partnership projects and collaborations which are a core part of the RCM’s work, and have been since its foundation. Speakers will reflect on the international midwifery agenda and the role international partnerships play in strengthening and supporting high quality midwifery around the world, and here in the UK.

Speakers
Dr Benedicta Agbagwara-Osuji, Deputy Director of Midwifery & Gynaecology, West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust and RCM Board Member
Keelie Barrett, Maternity support worker, East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust
Rebeccah Davies, President, RCM
Jon Skewes, Executive Director for External Relations, RCM
Gill Walton, Chief Executive and General Secretary, RCM

 

Session description
This will be a look back across this conference, with the CEO and President in discussion about what the key takeaways are, and how they can be put into practice.

STREAM B

Speakers
Rehan Afzal, Head of People Experience, Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust
Sally Freeland, regional officer, RCM
Jen Nemeth, Midwife and RCM Work Place Rep, Royal Cornwall Hosptial
Wendy Olayiwola BEM, FRSA, MSc Public Health, BA (Hons), RN, BSc (Hons), RM, ILM, National Maternity Lead for Equality, NHS England and NHS Improvement

Session description
A just and restorative culture concentrates on senior leadership modelling to grow compassion in the workplace, encompassing working with unions, Speak up champions and Health and Safety leads. The speakers will focus on how the inclusion and equality agenda and the just and learning culture will support all staff and, in turn, impact care.  

They will also discuss the successes at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in this regard, looking at how it impacted on staff and the challenges to moving this forward.

Speakers
Agnes Agyepong,
Head of Engagement, Best Beginnings
Rosemary Idiaghe, Consultant Midwife, Barking Havering and Redbridge NHS Trust. Queen's Hospital Romford
Prof Jenny Kurinczuk, Professor of Perinatal Epidemiology and Director of the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit, University of Oxford

 

Session description
This session will highlight the disparity of outcomes in mortality and morbidity in childbirth for black and brown women, looking towards what can be done to improve care for these women and acknowledging that we are not currently getting it right. It will focus on the MBRRACE data, the reasons for the disparity, and solutions to improving outcomes further.  

Our speakers will provide the woman’s perspective on how midwives can support change to improve outcomes for women and discuss how to reduce health disparities and improve outcomes and birth experiences for women.

Speakers
Cathy Brewster,
Greater Manchester & Eastern Cheshire Maternity Voices Service User Representative
Lia Brigante,
Consultant Midwife Public Health, Quality & Standards Advisor, RCM
Lisa Ramsey,
iDecide Lead and Service User Voice Lead, NHS England and NHS Improvement
Dr Alison Wright,
Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist, and National Specialty Advisor for Obstetrics (personalised care) NHS England and NHS Improvement

 

Session description
Informed consent is fundamental to high-quality maternity care, and midwives have a key role in providing women with the information and support they need to make choices about their care – including during labour and birth. This session will focus on IDecide, a new digital tool designed to support intrapartum care decision making, with a discussion around the development of the tool and the role it might have in the issue of informed consent.

Speaker
Lisa Darrah,
Midwifery Coordinator for Perinatal Mental Health and Social Complexity in Pregnancy, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust

Lisa will be joined during the session by three speakers who wish to remain anonymous

 

Session description
This session will bring to light some of the many ways in which social deprivation impacts on women’s health and wellbeing during the perinatal period. It will explore how social issues such as poverty, substance misuse, domestic violence and intergenerational trauma can affect a woman’s mental and physical health, and how services tailored to the needs of the communities they serve and individual needs of women and families can make a difference. Delegates will hear from Lisa Darrah, a midwife who has long lead on work with vulnerable women, along with powerful personal testimonies from three women she and her colleagues have supported.

 

Please be advised that the themes and personal accounts discussed in this session could be distressing and/or triggering. If you have been impacted by any of the issues covered in this session, please visit the RCM Caring for You page here https://www.rcm.org.uk/caring-for-you-hub-home/ where you can find information, guidance and signposted further support.