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Would you like to become an RCM steward?


One of the objectives of the RCM is to recruit a steward in every workplace. Could it be you?

  • Are you involved with the Royal College of Midwives?

  • Do you take an interest in matters that affect your colleagues in general?

  • Do you understand the issues facing midwives and maternity support workers?


If you can answer yes to any of these questions, then why not consider becoming a steward?


The role of the RCM steward is varied, interesting and demanding. It is a responsible position that can also be frustrating and thankless, but overall it is extremely rewarding and enables you to develop many new and transferable skills.


What do I need?

  • RCM membership (Full or MSW category)

  • An understanding of midwifery issues

  • An interest in protecting and enhancing the role of the midwifery team 

  • Motivation to assist your colleagues and the profession


How do I become a steward?

Your peers, at a branch or workplace meeting, elect you to serve for the next year, and you are then accredited by the RCM.


How will the RCM help me?

The RCM will:

  • Provide dedicated training on an ongoing basis, with agreed expenses met

  • Assist in your professional development

  • Support you whenever it can

  • Provide specialist advice on employment and professional matters

  • Put you in contact with the hundreds of other members who also act as stewards for the RCM

  • Give access to Regional Officers/National Officers for advice and support


What would I be expected to do?

  • Represent the members in your area where necessary

  • Recruit midwives, maternity support workers and student midwives into the RCM Provide advice and act as a spokesperson

  • Perform individual casework

  • Conduct some negotiations

  • Provide feedback to members at meetings

  • Support the RCM Regional Officer/National Officer

  • Attend JSC and work in partnership with other NHS unions


What's in it for me?

  • Acquisition of easily transferable skills that will assist in your career development

  • A role in contributing to the changing role of the midwifery team 

  • Gaining greater knowledge of the midwifery profession and service developments

  • Increased confidence and self-esteem

  • Training in employment and professional matters

  • The satisfaction of making a difference to members' working lives, helping others

  • Reasonable time off to carry out your duties as a steward



Like to know more about the RCM Steward Role?


Click here to download the role definition for a RCM Steward.

Or to find out more:

Contact your RCM Regional Officer if you work in England or Northern Ireland. Contact your National Officer if you work in Scotland or Wales.

on T: 0300 303 0444


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