RCM Annual Conference

Day 1 Programme

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Gill Walton, Chief Executive/General Secretary, RCM

 

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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.

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This is a 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.

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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.  

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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This session focuses on the work with women and families in North and West Belfast, discussing the impact of high levels of enduring social disadvantage, particularly around poverty, substance misuse and intergenerational trauma.