RCM Annual Conference



Unlike previous RCM conferences, for 2017 we’ve taken the decision not to have a single overarching focus or event ‘title’, but to divide conference content, and hence the concurrent session submissions and posters too, into five broad all-encompassing themes:

  • Women first
  • Leadership for all
  • Healthy staff, healthy service
  • Safe and effective in practice
  • Working in partnership

These five aspects reflect core salient issues within contemporary maternity care – 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 may, 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 the woman’s voice within evidence-based clinical practice; and working together- recognising the skills and contribution of others – teams and partners.

The provision of maternity care is changing… Reviews and reports have been formalised, transformation is the word of the moment within the profession. This is a time of opportunity for maternity services but also of challenge, how is this going to happen? What will the future of maternity care look like? Will continuity of carer be embraced and implemented? We want to inform, debate and crucially enthuse for change. Do you have insight, knowledge, and experience within your unit or team that could add to the dialogue?

The deadline for abstracts has now passed. Successful entrants will be notifed in the next couple of months. The submissions will be considered by our panel of judges; each abstract will be blind scored by two midwife judges. Final decisions on acceptance and inclusion in the programme will depend on the availability of appropriate sessions and overall balance of the programme.


The care we provide for women and babies is central to what we do.  We work in partnership with women, their partners and families, sharing their journey, supporting and ensuring their voices are heard.  We are seeking papers or posters that reflect this. Do you have expertise and learning about how midwives and MSWs have maximised the degree to which women can make choices and receive care personalised to their needs?

This is a crucial time for maternity care and we need midwives with a vision for what can be achieved as well as those with the skills to lead.  Have you led change or encouraged others to do so within your service? Share your leadership insight with us. We are interested in presentations or posters that demonstrate your innovative ideas, professional development and leadership qualities.

Last year, the RCM launched its Caring for You campaign, after its survey results revealed the difficult working environment staff are facing. Evidence shows that healthy, happy staff provide higher quality care. Please submit for consideration your experience and expertise in creating a workplace environment/culture that provides a positive working experience for midwives and MSWs, such as health and wellbeing initiatives.

What works? And what doesn’t? Share your best practice experiences. Have you reduced unnecessary interventions? Have your stillbirth rates gone down? Have you improved the birth journey for high-risk women? Have you ensured that all mothers and babies receive care that is equitable?  Is your professional development a multidisciplinary team affair? Add your voice and experience to shape and influence care provided across the country.

Maternity services can’t and don’t work in isolation. What have you achieved through forging partnerships with those outside of the profession to improve care for women? How have you built multi-professional teams and relationships and developed wider partnerships, for example, with mental health colleagues, or your diabetes care team? Have you lobbied government ministers for change? Have you partnered with third-sector organisations to improve outcomes? Please submit your ideas and experiences.

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:

  • Women first
  • Leadership for all
  • Healthy staff, healthy service
  • Safe and effective in practice
  • Working in partnership

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. Choose which topic(s) you wish to enter your abstract for.
  2. Read the rules of submission carefully.
  3. Download the entry form.
  4. Complete the entry form and save as a pdf or word document. Remember that the entry form must be anonymous.
  5. A maximum of 5 key references may be included in addition to the 500 word abstract.
  6. Write a 100-word biography about yourself in a separate document and have it ready to upload.
  7. Have your RCM membership number ready.
  8. 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.
  9. **You will also be asked for a 100-word summary of your abstract, which will be used in the conference guide if your abstract is successful.
  10. Register and upload your submission online by clicking on the ‘enter now’ button and upload your completed entry form when requested.
  1. If you are submitting a paper for consideration, you must be available to speak at the conference at the time given.
  2. 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
  3. Please do not upload full papers or longer abstracts, these will be automatically disqualified.
  4. All abstract submissions must use the entry document listed below.
  5. Abstracts can be submitted for more than one topic if relevant.
  6. We cannot guarantee that all research papers can be printed in full.
  7. All entrants will be notified by 23 June if they have been successful.
  8. We cannot provide individual feedback on any of the submissions.
  9. Due to the number of paper and poster presenters we cannot re-reimburse expenses for travel or accommodation at the conference.

Please find below some points worth taking into consideration when writing your submission:

Top tips!

  • Preparation.  Make sure you read the entry criteria, the questions you need to answer and the entry rules before you start to complete your entry. This way you will answer the questions being asked and not the questions you think are being asked.
  • Time management! Make sure that you allow yourself plenty of time to both consider and develop your submission.
  • If your submission paper is not anonymous we cannot guarantee that it will be marked.
  • Think about your audience. Consider who will be reading your entry. The judging panel is made up of a cross section of midwifery experts and they may not have come across technical jargon specific to the area you operate in, so avoid it if it’s not needed.
  • Shout loud and clear about your achievements. Share your knowledge, experience and expertise with your peers.
  • Word count. Make sure you stick to the word count – use the word count function.
  • Proof reading. Use spell-check and get someone else to proof-read your finished entry to check that it makes sense!
  • Ensure that your entry form is anonymous or it will not be sent to the judges.
  • Submit a great paper or poster! Presenting at the conference is a great way to raise your personal profile and your department’s profile.