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:

  • Leadership
  • Partnership
  • Safety

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?

Below is a list of posters that will be displayed at the RCM Annual Midwifery Conference 2018.

There are many ways to be a leader and every midwife and 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.  The following posters share the learning and expertise from midwives and MSWs about how they have exhibited leadership in practice.


1) Continuity of care: an exploration of third-year student midwives’ perceptions and views of their readiness to work in a continuity of care model at the point of professional registration- Caitlin Wilson, consultant midwife, University of Worcester/Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust

2) On the tip of my tongue- Catherine Jones, midwife, Hywel Dda University Trust Board

3) Setting up a breech birth service within a large London teaching hospital- Emma Spillane, lead midwife for birth centre, St George’s University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

4) Increasing activity at a rural Welsh freestanding midwife-led unit- Jill Byrne, midwife, Withybush Midwife-Led Unit, Hywel Dda University Health Board

5) Technology, the baby and the bath water- Julia Gudgeon, digital midwife, and Roger Carter, programme manager, NHS Digital

6) Partnering with international leadership in perinatal mental health- Lynn Jackson-Taylor and Ariane Seccia, co-founders, perinatalmentalhealth.co.uk

7)All together now’ – forming a midwifery society to unite maternity staff and students- Samantha James, midwife, Sara Evans, midwife, Kerry Phillips and Meg Davies, senior midwife manager, Becky Westbury, midwife, Hywel Dda University Health Board and Rachel Clarke, midwife, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

9) An Audience with the RCM Board- Tracy Miller, community midwife, NHS Grampian, RCM caseworker and board member and Helene Marshall, educational project manager for NHS Education for Scotland, director of the Scottish multiprofessional maternity development programme, RCM board member

Partnership is key to what do and these following posters show RCM members expertise and learning about how midwives and MSWs have maximised partnership working in your practice area. These posters demonstrate how colleagues have reached out across professional boundaries – even outside the NHS – to build a better maternity service. They demonstrate how midwives have listened and collaborated with women and their families, and their communities to make a positive change to their maternity experiences and overall wellbeing.


15) Birth trauma service Sheffield Teaching Hospitals – a stepped care service model- Alison Brodrick, consultant midwife, Pauline Slade, clinical psychologist, Adam Saradjian, service lead medical psychology, and Emma Williamson, clinical psychologist, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

16) Neonatal life support: partnership working in the community- Alison Nicol, clinical education midwife, Katrina Hunter, senior charge midwife, Sharon Ann McIlravie, senior charge midwife, Lynn Combe, community midwife, NHS Fife and Alan Harris, practice placement educator, Scottish Ambulance Service

17) Comparison studies of multidisciplinary services for pregnant women with substance use: a narrative synthesis- Alix Aitken-Arbuckle, midwife and PhD student, Edinburgh Napier University

18) Lights, camera, push! Are British television programmes influencing women’s expectations of childbirth? A literature review- Anna Marsh, midwife, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

20) Call the midwife – increasing normality and decreasing c-section rates- Caroline diamond, lead midwife, Laura Doherty, consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist, and Shona Hamilton, consultant midwife, Northern Health and Social Care Trust

21) EROSS – Enhanced recovery for elective obstetric surgery- Claire Massey and Lesley Cunningham, EROSS project midwives, NHS FIFE

23) An innovative collaboration to provide free antenatal birth workshops for parents- Helen Smith, consultant midwife, Ipswich Hospital, East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust, Jo Cresdee, CEO, Suffolk Babies and Emily Ruegg, director, antenatal education, Suffolk Babies

24) Community midwifery hubs; bring betters births into reality- Karen Chapman, Kidderminster Hub team leader, Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust

25) Coventry and Warwickshire AEQUIP Partnership- Lin Ward, lead professional midwifery advocate, Coventry and Warwickshire/ South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust and Dr Elizabeth Bailey, midwifery research fellow , Coventry University/ University Hospital Coventry

26) The importance of maternal-fetal bonding in the antenatal period- Nina Revera, student midwife, University of South Wales

27) Enhancing women’s experience of elective caesarean section- Rebecca Cookson, Lisa Maddock, Hannah Raisbeck and Dr Clare Taylor, midwives, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

29) Smoking cessation in pregnancy: an audit cycle of compliance with NICE guidance PH26 across a maternity service- Shelly Jones, consultant midwife, Powys Teaching Health Board and Anna Prothero, senior health promotion practitioner, Powys Public Health Team

30) Speak up speak out- Tirion Davies, student midwife, University of South Wales

31) A reflective tool supporting midwives facilitating the (name of the group) antenatal parenting group- Tracy Mansbridge, Solihull Approach trainer, Solihull Approach

32) Implementation of perinatal mental health service across Greater Manchester… a multiagency approach- Wendy Warrington, safeguarding midwife, Greater Manchester Mental Health Trust and Carla Mobear, operational manager, The Perinatal Community Mental Health Team, Greater Manchester Mental Health Trust

33) Midwifery Practice and the revised RCOG Guidelines on Group B Streptococcus: insight from affected families-  Alison Stanley, student midwife and researcher, University of Brighton and Group B Strep Support and Jane Plumb, chief executive, Group B Strep Support.

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.  These posters reflect the many facets of safety improvement.  And share learning about how midwives and MSWs have maximised safety in practice.


38) Using social media for safe and effective recruitment of pregnant women in survey research- Alison Little, PhD student, Institute of Nursing and Health Research, Ulster University and Southern Health and Social Care Trust, Professor Marlene Sinclair, professor of midwifery research, head of the Centre for Maternal, Fetal and Infant Research, Institute of Nursing and Health Research, Ulster University, Professor Huiru Zheng, professor of computer science, Computer Science Research Institute, Ulster University and Dr Patricia Gillen, head of research and development for nurses, midwives and allied health professionals, Southern Health and Social Care Trust; lecturer, Institute of Nursing and Health Research

39) Stillbirth reduction through improved scanning and effective antenatal pathways- Alison Scannell, antenatal services clinical lead midwife, Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust

40) Implementing Intelligent Intermittent Auscultation a national neonatal and maternity safety collaborative project- Amanda Andrews, quality and improvement lead, Tamsin Cripps, safe and active birth midwife, Jane Tomlinson-Wightman, safe and active birth midwife, and Paula Bland, labour ward co-ordinator, University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust

41) Learning disabilities and pregnancy- Catherine Poole, community team leader, North Bristol NHS Trust and Nicola Hennighan, safeguard specialist midwife, North Bristol NHS Trust

42) The safety of antenatal reflexology and its impact on birth outcomes- Ciara Close, research fellow, Queen’s University Belfast

43) Don’t let flu get you- Eleri Bell, student midwife, University of South Wales

44) Am I sleeping safely?- Evangeline Miles, student midwife, University of South Wales

45) Thermoregulatory safety- Ffion Williams, student midwife, University of South Wales

46) Examining the effects of immediate and delayed cord clamping on the acid-base status of cord blood from neonates delivered between ≥36 – ≤42 weeks’ gestation- Gemma Brice, third-year student midwife/NQM, University of Bradford

47) The Pocket Pal: a tool for midwives- Gemma Jackson, midwife, and Katie Jones, midwife, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust City Labour Suite Shared Governance Council

48) What approaches to peri-conception care for women with pre-existing medical conditions work, for whom, and in what circumstances? The development of a protocol for a realist review- Heather Hopper, midwifery lecturer, Jill Shawe, professor of women’s health, Bridie Kent, professor of nursing, and Kerryn Husk, senior research fellow, University of Plymouth

49) Planning a pregnancy? Think about folic acid- Jade England, student midwife, University of South Wales

50) Focus 15: Delivering an effective handover- Jessica Wakeling, labour ward assessment unit lead, Helen Thompson, clinical midwifery educator, Katherine Rothwell, labour ward coordinator, Alison Brodrick, consultant midwife, Emma Ferriman, consultant obstetrician, Martin Diacon, consultant anaesthetist  and Lauren Maddey, Obstetric registra, The Jessop Wing, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

51) MANIC – maternal and neonatal improvement collaborative- Kara Marshall , group general manager, Woman and Children’s, Lorna Bass , maternity risk manager, Supriya Bulchandani , consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist and Rose Blake, modern matron, neonatal, University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire

52) Car seat cheat sheet: Buckle up your baby safely!- Kayleigh Graham, student midwife, University of South Wales

53) Anti D baby and me- Laila Scott, University of South Wales

54) Safety around haemovigilance – student midwives taught ‘to be like a pilot’- Libby Baraz, lecturer- midwifery, University of Cardiff.

55) Increasing the uptake of pertussis vaccination amongst pregnant women- Sophie-Mae Wheeler, student midwife, University of South Wales

56) R.E.C.ALL: Role play to enhance the confidence for all- Tina South, senior midwifery lecturer, University of South Wales