RCM Annual Conference

The sessions listed below will take place on Thursday 4 October. These sessions will run concurrently throughout the day.

Please note if you are aiming on attending sessions across multiple programmes you will need to select those that do not have conflicting timeslots.

Event Timeslots (7)

A new era in the management of nausea and vomiting of pregnancy

Speaker: Dr Catherine McParlin, senior research midwife, Newcastle University

Presentation of disease background - Introduction of the condition ‘Nausea and Vomiting of pregnancy’ (NVP), prevalence, incidence, disease aetiology and pathophysiology
Clinical needs- Describes the current clinical unmet needs of women suffering NVP and impact to the patient
Current Management of NVP – Current national guidelines and treatment pathways for managing NVP
How the new medicine fits in – Where the new licensed drug sits in the treatment pathway of NVP

Cervical screening; what you need to know
Chair: Kathryn Manning, facilitator, Redactive
Speaker: Saimah Anwar, public health engagement coordinator, Jo\\\'s Cervical Cancer Trust

In this presentation there will be an overview of cervical screening and its importance, addressing common myths around causes of cervical cancer, abnormal results and looking out for signs and symptoms of cervical cancer. Delegates will have the opportunity to work in groups to discuss barriers to cervical screening and increasing its uptake.

Natural vs evidence based: what is best for baby’s skin?
Chair: Louise Silverton, former director for Midwifery, RCM
Speakers: Dr Alison Cooke, PhD, MRes, BMidwif (Hons), RM, lecturer in midwifery and David Mays, senior director, global scientific engagement, Johnson & Johnson Consumer

Many believe ‘natural’ baby skincare products are best for baby, and with this trend come a few myths:
• Chemical ingredients are synthetic or man-made
• Natural ingredients are not chemicals
• Natural ingredients are better than chemical/synthetic ones

Our panel of experts will discuss the science of baby skin; and why an evidenced based approach to baby skincare is so important, addressing common myths around natural vs chemical ingredients. Join us to be part of this exciting debate.

Multidisciplinary teamworking: it’s more than a buzz phrase
Chair: Kathryn Manning, facilitator, Redactive
Speaker: Wendy Randall, consultant midwife, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

The term ‘multidisciplinary teamworking’ is one delegates can’t fail to be familiar with – but what does it really mean? This is a chance to dig beneath the buzzwords and explore what effective multidisciplinary teamworking actually looks like from the perspective of a real team who will share their journey to better working relationships. The session includes a short film, made by the maternity team at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust followed by a presentation about the challenges they faced, the choices they made, and how they have maintained the changes.

YOUR RCM: new RCM membership publications which give you information, knowledge and evidence to be the best you can be!

Chair: Suzanne Tyler, director of services to members, RCM
Speakers: Gill Adgie, regional head - north, RCM, Alice Sorby, employment relations advisor, RCM, Lyndsey Wheeler, senior organiser and engagements project officer, RCM and Dr Mary Ross-Davie, director Scotland, RCM

The RCM produces dozens of publications every year for its members to help in their careers, whether in workforce planning, supporting women or to take a stance on important issues. In this session, delegates will hear from RCM staff about different publications that will put knowledge and advice at their fingertips – just go to the RCM stand to pick up a copy. Included in this session are publications covering baby boxes, flexible working, working-related stress and making the most of the MSW role.

Learning outcomes
By the end of this session delegates will
• Know how publications are a key RCM benefit for members that can help them with many facets of their working lives as a midwife
• Understand how to make the most of publications – using them as how-to guides, to take a stance on an issue and expand knowledge
• Be aware of all the resources on the RCM stand they can go pick up and tell their friends to too.
• Gain specific knowledge and advice on the issues of infant feeding, baby boxes, MSW roles and responsibilities, lone working, flexible working and workplace stress.

They used to be so good
Chair: Kathryn Manning, facilitator, Redactive
Speakers: Gill Adgie, regional head - north, RCM and Alice Sorby, employment relations advisor, RCM

This session will explore an issue which affects 75-80% of the workforce; it is a silent issue for many organisations. The ‘M’ word is a taboo subject for many. We want to raise awareness about the issues affecting members and support those who may be suffering with the symptoms of the menopause. 75% of women suffer a range of symptoms with 25% or 1:4 suffering severe symptoms. Good work is good for you, and women in good work environments report less symptoms. The NHS is sitting on a demographic time bomb in regards to its aging workforce, this is one area where we need more understanding and support.

Perineal trauma and Obstetric Anal Sphincter Injury (OUSI): what you need to know
Chair: Kathryn Manning, facilitator, Redactive
Speakers: Sara Webb, specialist perineal midwife, mothers with anal sphincter injuries in childbirth (MASIC) , Posy Bidwell, research fellow, midwife, RCOG and Geeta Daniel MASIC mother

This session will highlight the plight of women who suffer from childbirth related perineal trauma; the consequences of trauma, how to manage care effectively and appropriately and the need to improve education and training in this area. You will also hear about the OASIS Care Bundle; which is a quality improvement project which was implemented in 16 maternity units across England, Scotland and Wales to reduce severe perineal trauma, or obstetric anal sphincter injuries (OASI). The project looked to scale up the care bundle and was vigorously evaluated to determine clinical as well as implementation outcomes, including feasibility and acceptability to clinicians and women. Finally, you will also hear a compelling account from a mother living with the condition and the effect that it has on her everyday life.