RCM Annual Conference




The RCM Annual Midwifery Conference 2018 does not have a single overarching focus or event ‘title’, but divides conference content so each attending delegate to tailor the programme to their exact needs.

We have three key themes running throughout the programme:

  • Safety
  • Partnership
  • Leadership

These themes cover key issues within contemporary maternity care and relate to – who we deliver the service for; the importance of good leadership of the profession and vision for what we can achieve; the need to care for staff, so they can in turn, provide high-quality care for women and babies; the fundamentals of what counts as a ‘safe’ service and the need to incorporate safety and effectiveness and hear women’s voices within evidence-based clinical practice; and working together- recognising the skills and contribution of others – teams and partners.

The way maternity care is provided is changing… and this is a time of opportunity but also of challenge for midwifery to ensure our professional contributions are included. We want to inform, debate and support enthusiasm for change and share thinking about questions such as what will the future of maternity care look like? Will continuity of carer be embraced and implemented? Can technology improve safety and provide quality experience for women and families? Do you have insight, knowledge, and experience within your unit or team that could add to the dialogue and learning?

This is your opportunity to help shape the content and debate for the leading UK professional midwifery conference, to share your work with your peers and raise your professional profile.

*Please note: you must be an RCM member in order to enter the abstract process*

Click here to download an entry form.


No ifs or buts – safety is central to high-quality midwifery care.  We support women, their partners and families,  with personalised care and services they need to feel safe and be safe throughout pregnancy, labour and after birth.  We work together in multi-disciplinary teams with rapid referral access to the right care in the right place; we channel leadership to enable a safety culture within and across organisations; we care for our colleagues’ wellbeing and safety and design systems that make it easier to do the right thing; and we measure, evaluate and investigate, showing honesty and a commitment to learning when things go wrong.

We are seeking papers or posters that reflect the many facets of safety improvement.  Do you have expertise and learning which you can share about how midwives and MSWs have maximised safety in your practice area/trust/board? Show us what we can all achieve!

Have you reached out to colleagues across professional boundaries – even outside the NHS – to build a better maternity service? Have you listened and collaborated with women and their families, and their communities to make a positive change to their maternity experiences and overall wellbeing? Partnership is key to what we do and we are seeking papers or posters that demonstrate this.  Do you have expertise and learning about how midwives and MSWs have maximised partnership working in your practice area/trust/board? We want to hear from you!

There are many ways to be a leader and every midwife or MSW is a leader in their own way. Women and their families look to us to guide and support them on their maternity journeys. We inspire others in the NHS and beyond, with our culture of openness, honesty, care and respect to deliver safe experiences and services. We have a vision of how we can make things better, and we take others with us to make it a reality. Leaders come in all shapes and sizes, and they span every level of the workforce.  We are seeking papers or posters that will inspire others to improve leadership at every level.  Do you have expertise and learning about how midwives and MSWs have maximised leadership in your practice area/trust/board? Please share your leadership stories with us!

We are accepting posters on all of the concurrent session themes. Midwives, MSWs and students can enter a poster submission relating to any of the five core themes:

  • Safety
  • Partnership
  • Leadership

Poster information

If chosen, your poster will be displayed at the RCM conference and you will be able to present it to your fellow peers during the breaks. Below is further information on what will be expected of you if your poster entry is successful.

The poster…

  • Must be based on the abstract you originally submitted. Posters on other topics will not be accepted
  • Must be no larger than A1
  • Must be legible and a mix of pictures/photos and text
  • You will be able to present your poster/s throughout the day to delegates who would like further information
  • You can choose which day/s you attend the conference
  • You are responsible for getting the poster printed and collecting it at the end of the conference.

How to enter

  1. You must be an RCM member in order to enter the abstract process.
  2. Choose which topic(s) you wish to enter your abstract for.
  3. Read the rules of submission carefully.
  4. Download the entry form.
  5. Complete the entry form. Remember that the entry form must be anonymous.
  6. A maximum of 5 key references may be included in addition to the 500 word abstract.
  7. Write a 100-word biography about yourself in a separate document and have it ready to upload.
  8. Have your RCM membership number ready.
  9. You will be asked to upload a high-resolution digital photo of yourself when submitting your documents – please provide this at the time of entering.
  10. **You will also be asked for a 100-word summary of your abstract, which will be used on the conference website if your abstract is successful.
  11. Register and upload your submission online by clicking on the ‘enter now’ button and upload your completed entry form when requested.
  1. You must be an RCM member to enter.
  2. If you are submitting a paper for consideration, you must be available to speak at the conference at the time given.
  3. The word count for all submissions is 500 words, any content over this word count will not be considered. *A maximum of 5 key references may be included in addition to the 500 word abstract
  4. Please do not upload full papers or longer abstracts, these will be automatically disqualified.
  5. All abstract submissions must use the entry document listed below.
  6. Abstracts can be submitted for more than one topic if relevant.
  7. We cannot guarantee that all research papers can be printed in full.
  8. All entrants will be notified by w/c 16 July if they have been successful.
  9. We cannot provide individual feedback on any of the submissions.
  10. Due to the number of paper and poster presenters, we cannot re-reimburse expenses for travel or accommodation at the conference.

The guidance below should be adhered to in preparing your abstract:

Best practice project papers

– The work/idea/practice should be new, original and “cutting edge” or provide a completely new perspective on practice.

  • Rationale for the practice project should be clearly stated – including an appropriate range of literature, research and previous work to support the rationale for the project.
  • Aim –  state clearly what the project aimed to do?
  • Describe the planning methods, implementation and how the project was evaluated.
  • Project description – describe the project clearly and succinctly
  • Show how the ethical issues have been addressed where relevant.
  • Outcomes – describe the impact on the quality of care for women, babies and families (and/or other midwives/students/msws if appropriate). Consider the financial impact in terms of cost and/or cost saving.
  • State the wider implications of this work to policy, practice, education, research and/or service users.
  • References – no more than 5 key references.  Please note that these are not included in the word count.

Research papers

The work should be original and the results provide a completely new perspective on practice.

  • Rationale -state clearly the rational for the project – including an appropriate range of literature, research and previous work.
  • Aim – the aim and research questions or objectives must be clearly stated
  • Clearly describe the methods, including study design, sample size and justification, analysis.
  • Show how the ethical issues have been addressed where relevant.
  • Results/ findings  – papers and posters must include results, at least preliminary findings must be presented
  • Discuss the impact or potential impact on the health and wellbeing of mothers, babies and families, and or impact on quality of care
  • Consider the relevance to midwives, service managers and policy makers
  • References – no more than 5 key references.  Please note that these are not included in the word count.