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Would you like to become an RCM Learning Representative (LR)?

Become a LR

An objective of the RCM LR Project is to recruit a LR in every maternity workplace. Could it be you?

  • Are you a member of the Royal College of Midwives (Full or MSW category)? 

  • Are you interested in promoting and supporting learning and development in the workplace?

  • Do you understand the opportunities and barriers to learning facing midwives and maternity support workers (MSWs)?

If you can answer yes to any of the questions above, then why not consider becoming a RCM Learning Representative (LR)?
RCM workplace representatives are the backbone of the organisation providing essential advice and representation for members individually and collectively on a host of workplace issues. The RCM has had Stewards and Health and Safety Representatives in place for many years and in 2009, the RCM successfully bid to the Union Learning Fund (ULF) for funds to develop a network of Learning Representatives in England. It is an exciting time to become a LR as you can be influential in the development of the role within the RCM. It is a responsible position that at times may be challenging but overall will be rewarding and will enable you to develop new and transferable skills.

What do I need?

  • RCM Full or MSW membership

  • An interest in learning and development in the maternity workplace

  • Motivation to assist your colleagues and the profession

  • LR Nomination Form

How do I become a LR?

Your peers, at a branch or workplace meeting elect you, and you are then accredited by the RCM. Advice on the election process can be sought from the Branch Secretary, LR Learning Organiser or your National/Regional Officer.

How will the RCM help me?

The RCM will:

  • Give you access to a dedicated  RCM Learning Organiser (England, Wales and Scotland)

  • Provide dedicated training on an on-going basis, with agreed expenses met (In Scotland training is provided by the Scottish TUC)

  • Assist in your professional development 

  • Provide support when required

  • Offer specialist advice on learning

  • Put you in contact with other RCM members who also act as LRs

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

What would I be expected to do?

  • Support midwives and MSWs to identify their learning and development needs

  • Provide advice, information and guidance to members 

  • Work with the employer and education providers to increase learning and development opportunities

  • Support and promote the RCM Learning Team 

  • Work in partnership with other NHS unions for example around the development of a local collective learning agreement or to share examples of good practice


What's in it for me?

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

  • Gaining greater knowledge of the learning agenda within the NHS (Skills for Health)

  • Increased confidence and self-esteem

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

  • Reasonable time off to carry out your LR duties and undertake training

  • Assisting the RCM in broadening the range of services it offers to members and potential members

  • Helping to increase the knowledge and competence of the workforce, which can contribute to an improvement in maternity services

To find out more please contact your local Learning Organiser

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