RCM Annual Conference

The sessions listed below will take place on Thursday 4 October 2018. These sessions are aimed at student midwives. All other programmes will run concurrently throughout the day.

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

Please note: the student programme is only taking place on Thursday 4 October.

Event Timeslots (7)

Welcome address from RCM president Kathryn Gutteridge

Chair: SMF members, RCM
• Receive a warm welcome from the RCM’s president, Kathryn Gutteridge.
• Hear about what she has learned within her first year in office.
• Learn more about the future plans and ambitions of the RCM.

Growing a baby by a mother of daughters

Chairs: Charlene Cole and Lydia Marklew-Adams, SMF members, RCM
Speaker: Clemmie Hooper, midwife, mother, author

• Have you thought your communication skills are pretty good, but would like to improve on them?
• Would you like to understand the core skills needed in networking successful? Clemmie will provide some insight into this.
• Maybe you would like to know what life is like for this midwife, mum, author and social media expert? This is a session not to be missed.

Stillbirth: caring and coping, preparing and understanding

Chairs: Alice Kersey and Deirbhile Murphy, SMF members, RCM
Speakers: David Monteith, founder, Grace in Action and Samantha Collinge, maternity bereavement service manager, University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust

• Stillbirth is devastating for a family, and can be one of the most difficult moments in a midwife’s career – do you want to feel more prepared?
• How does it feel to go through it? What do you need at that moment, and in the aftermath? David’s moving testimony will help you understand the experience of baby loss and what you can say and do to support a family.
• If you’d also benefit from some practical skills and professional insights into how to approach stillbirth in your practice, then Sam has some invaluable advice. Make sure you come along and equip yourself with understanding which could make all the difference to bereaved families you might care for in your career.

Meet the experts

Chairs: Louise Webster, Deirbhile Murphy, Lydia Marklew–Adamsand Jenny Pope, SMF members, RCM

1. Mary Symington, head of midwifery, Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

After almost a decade in nursing, Mary qualified as a midwife in 1998, working at Salford Royal Hospital, where she became the postnatal ward manager in 2005, then matron for inpatients, community and the birth centre, before taking up the role of matron at Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust. She joined Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in 2015 in the role of lead midwife for inpatient and antenatal services at Saint Mary’s Hospital, before becoming deputy HoM in 2017 and HoM the following year, a role where she continues to demonstrate her passion for midwifery and to strive for a high-quality, safe maternity for all staff, women and their families.

2. Lesley Wood, regional officer for the north-west, RCM

Lesley has been a midwife for 34 years, spending the majority of her career at Princess Anne Maternity Unit at the Royal Bolton Hospital. She has worked for the RCM for 15 years, leaving clinical practice to take up a full-time role in 2009. Lesley has a broad knowledge of the regional and national drivers affecting midwifery services and a wealth of experience representing midwives and MSWs through employment and professional issues. She represents the RCM within the local maternity systems across the North West, and sits on the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Workforce Engagement Board. Her work sees her bring to bear influence at a regional national and strategic level, and help lead on transformation changes across maternity services.

3. Dame Tina Lavender, professor of midwifery and director of the Centre for Global Women’s Health, University of Manchester.

Dame Tina Lavender is one the most respected midwifery researchers in the world. Professor of midwifery and director of the Centre for Global Women’s Health at the University of Manchester, she also holds an honorary contract at St Mary’s Hospital, Manchester and a visiting professorship at the University of Nairobi. She is co-editor in chief of the British Journal of Midwifery, associate editor of the African Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health, editor of the Pregnancy and Childbirth Group of the Cochrane Collaboration, and is on the editorial team of BJOG. Dame Tina is an honorary fellow of the RCM and European Academy of Nurse Science, and an advisor to the WHO.

4. Jude Jones, birth centre midwife, Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Jude Jones is a former member of the RCM’s Student Midwives Forum and the founding member of the Salford Midwifery Society. She was named Student Midwife of the Year at the 2014 MaMa conference, and awarded the Cavell Nurses’ Trust Outstanding Student Midwife Award the same year. Now a birth centre midwife at Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, she is passionate about individualised care for women and families, and finding digital solutions to enhance midwifery care. She is also a trustee of Mummy’s Star, a charity which supports women and families affected by cancer during pregnancy or the first 12 months after birth.

5. Kathryn Gutteridge, president, RCM.

RCM president Kathryn Gutteridge is an established consultant midwife with a long history of clinical care in the NHS, currently working at Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS trust. She has a reputation for representing women’s psychological and mental wellbeing. She founded Sanctum Midwives; an organisation that educates, represents and challenges stigma around sexual abuse and its impact during motherhood. An experienced author and presenter with an international profile, she specialises in emotional wellbeing during childbirth and women maintaining control over their choices. She is also an expert adviser, helping to steer national policy and develop clinical excellence.

6. Alison Brindle, midwifery student, University of Central Lancashire.

University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) final-year student Alison Brindle was nominated in the RCM Annual Midwifery Awards 2018 for the Pregnacare Award for Student Midwife of the Year, which recognises a student who makes an outstanding contribution to their future profession and acts as an advocate and role model for their fellow students. She was shortlisted for her work as chair of the UCLan Midwifery Society, which saw her organise monthly study days and three large-scale midwifery conferences. She is also the brains behind social media campaigns such as #ZeroSeparation and #TheatreCapChallenge helping to change practice across NHS trusts.

The wilderness: succeeding in your second year

Chairs: Jenny Pope, Louise Webster and Elizabeth Barilli, SMF members, RCM
Speakers: Professor John Clark, director and dean of education and quality – Health Education England (HEE) South, senior responsible officer for HEE’s RePAIR Project.Lauren O’Neill, student midwife, University of the West of Scotland and Hilary Patrick, lead midwife for education at the University of the West of Scotland

• Are you worried about the challenges you’ll face as a second year undergraduate midwifery student? Or have you made it through the ‘wilderness year’, but seen others fall by the wayside? Then why not attend this enlightening session?
• Maybe you’d like to understand more about why the drop-out rate peaks in year two? Or get an educators\\\' perspective on what makes the second year tough?
• Or if you want a personal account from a student who faced the challenges head on, then Lauren has the insights you’re looking for. Don’t miss a chance to learn more and put your own questions to the panel.


Expectations and challenges of life as an NQM

Chairs: Jenny Pope and Vince Rosales, SMF members, RCM
Speakers: Anna Merrick, midwife, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, Nerys Kirtley, midwifery mentorship facilitator, Cardiff and Vale UHB and Lynne Galvin, regional officer, RCM

• Are you curious about what life is really like for a newly qualified midwife? Then make sure you hear from Anna, who will be sharing some of her experiences.
• Would you like to know more about what to expect from midwifery preceptorship? What your responsibilities might be? What challenges you might come across, and the support in place to help you? Then come along and learn more.
• Whether you’re just starting out, or almost at the end of your midwifery training, you won’t want to miss this chance to prepare yourself for the next steps post qualification.


Chair: SMF members, RCM
Speakers: Gill Walton, chief executive, RCM, Melissa Tweddle, student midwife, Hull University, Lynsey Hodgkinson, student midwife, University of Central Lancashire and Laura Flint, student midwife, University of Nottingham

#stmwideas - a social media campaign, ran earlier in the year encouraging Student midwives to raise their voice and tweet their best practice ideas and innovations for improving maternity services. During this session you will hear from three student midwives who will share their ideas and receive feedback from both the audience and Gill Walton, chief executive, RCM. The winning # stmwideas, as voted for you, the audience, will receive a £100 voucher of their choice. Plus, the two runners-up will receive £25 voucher of their choice.