RCM Annual Conference

The sessions listed below will take place on Thursday 4 October 2018. These sessions are aimed at midwives and MSW’s.  Students are free to attend but don’t forget that you have your own dedicated sessions running parallel to this strand.  The main and student programmes will run concurrently throughout the day.

Make sure you keep checking back for programme updates and speaker announcements.

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)

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REGISTRATION

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RCM chief executive Gill Walton in conversation with Susan Bookbinder

• Come and listen to the RCM’s chief executive Gill Walton, one year on from taking up the role, ‘in conversation’ with renowned journalist Susan Bookbinder.
• Hear the latest on ‘The Big Conversation’ member engagement programme. What key issues has it raised? How will it steer the future of the RCM and the profession?
• Don’t forget to tweet your questions, to be put to Gill during the session.

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Systems design and patient safety – learning from our mistakes

Chair: Susan Bookbinder, newsreader, TV presenter, Zamar International
Speaker: Dr Suzette Woodward, national clinical director, Sign up to Safety

• This is a chance to listen to a leading safety expert and highly regarded speaker share her insights into the latest thinking on patient safety.
• Hear Suzette speak about the challenges teams face, and how the design of systems has a crucial impact on patient safety.
• If you want to know more about how developing positive cultures in maternity services makes it easier to keep women and babies safe, then this is the talk for you.

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Stillbirth: death by another name

Chair: Susan Bookbinder, newsreader, TV presenter, Zamar International
Speaker: David Monteith, founder, Grace in Action

During this session, David will share the stunningly moving, heartbreaking, yet ultimately inspirational story of his daughter Grace and his family’s experience of stillbirth. He shares what life is like for a father of a stillborn child and the type of care and support he believes bereaved parents need going forward. In order to offer more support to bereaved parents, David, with his wife Siobhan, founded the charity Grace in Action.

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Perinatal mental health: from the personal to the big picture

Chair: Susan Bookbinder, newsreader, TV presenter, Zamar International
Speakers: Jane Fisher, mental health nurse, Theresa Nixon, director of assurance, The Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA), Northern Ireland, formerly director of mental health and learning disability and social work and Louise Nunn, specialist midwife – perinatal mental health, co-chair North West London (NWL) Perinatal Mental Health Clinical Network, education/evaluation lead for the Health Education England NWL Partnerships for Innovative Education Project

• If you are concerned about how maternity services can better support women with mental health needs, this multi-perspective deep dive is a must see.
• Hear from a service user, who herself is a mental health nurse, a practitioner and expert, and a regulator tasked with supporting systemic improvement.
• From the personal to the big picture perspective, this is a key session for anyone who wants to broaden their understanding of perinatal mental health issues.

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Challenging inequality, sexism and discrimination

Chair: Susan Bookbinder, newsreader, TV presenter, Zamar International
Speakers: Alice Hood, equalities lead, TUC, Helen Pankhurst, activist and author, Advisor CARE International and Leyla Hussein, psychotherapist, activist and founder of the Dahlia Project and co-founder of Daughters of Eve

• Have you ever wanted to challenge the inequality, sexism and discrimination you see around you? Then prepared to be inspired by the powerful testimonies of three women who are doing just that.
• Let them throw light on the challenges women face in the workplace and society, and share their strategies for overcoming them.
• Don’t miss an opportunity to hear from these highly-knowledgeable and passionate speakers as they share their personal experiences and broader perspectives on an issue that impacts everyone.

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The Scummy Mummies

Chair: Susan Bookbinder, newsreader, TV presenter, Zamar International
Speakers: Ellie Gibson and Helen Thorn

The Scummy Mummies are a comedy duo made up of Ellie Gibson and Helen Thorn. They host a fortnightly chat show via podcast for ‘less-than-perfect parents’ and they also perform live shows around the UK. Ellie is a wife, mother, videogames journalist and stand-up comedian. Helen is also a stand-up comedian and wife and mother of two.