Monica Thompson has enjoyed a distinguished career as a midwife and midwife activist. Her lode star has been the health of women and babies and the contribution that the midwifery profession can make working in partnership with women. She has spent most of her professional life working in Edinburgh where before joining the National Board for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting in 2001 and was Professional Development Adviser at the Simpson Memorial Maternity Pavilion (SMMP). An acronym fondly interpreted by some as Sex Made Me Pregnant!
With the establishment of NHS Education for Scotland (NES), Monica took up the role of professional Officer Midwifery and subsequently Programme Director for Midwifery and Women’s Health in 2003.
Whilst at NES, she contributed to quality assurance of all Midwifery and Neonatal Nurse education programmes until 2005.
She also made a major contribution to the professional development of the midwifery workforce by leading in educational and service development initiatives in priority areas.
Over this time she has made significant contribution to a range of government initiatives including, most recently Midwifery 2020.
This work has also extended in her role as NMC panellist on the Professional Conduct Committee and as a member of education committee of UNICEF.
Here in the RCM, Monica has served as Chair of RCM Council, as a member of the Policy and Practice Committee and as Chair of the Finance and Personnel Committee. Monica has also been very active for the RCM in Scotland, serving both as Chair and Honorary Secretary of her local RCM Edinburgh and District Branch. From 1999 until 2001 she was Chair and Honorary Officer of the Royal College of Midwives UK Board for Scotland. She represents the RCM UK Board for Scotland as Director and Trustee on the Nurses Benevolent Fund for Scotland.