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Become a Steward

Become a Steward

Would you like to become an RCM 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?

  • 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