MSW month celebration - Round up

By Rae Trotter, Senior Organiser (Learning) on 15 January 2018 RCM Branches MSWs - Maternity Support Workers

Rae Trotter, Senior Organiser (Learning) talks about some of the highlights of RCM's Maternity Support Worker (MSW) month - November 2017.

Thursday 30 November 2017

I attended Pennine Acute Hospital today in North Manchester to help celebrate the valuable contribution made by MSWs. The event was attended by over 30 staff who came to show their support. WPR Jean Davis has delivered some excellent work over the last month, holding drop-in and teaching sessions for staff, and also working extremely hard to plan today's event. Jean presented gifts to support workers, and in the end, staff had to pull names from a hat to give out the rest of the gifts - it's tough to choose who to give gifts to, as they are all superstars.

In addition to this, Jean has recruited three midwives, two student midwives and 15 MSWs - an excellent way to end MSW month! Well done Jean! A big thank you to Deputy HOM Julie Hempstock for all her support, particularly in giving Jean the time to hold such excellent events during the month.

Thursday 23 November 2017

I attended a study day at Stepping Hill Hospital organised for MSWs, which involved teaching new skills and finding out what they expected from their MSW role. There was a lunchtime tea party, where I gave a brief talk about the RCM and the benefits of membership. Five MSWs joined, with an existing RCM member showing an interest in becoming an workplace representative. This was a great event - and being able to see all of my old work colleagues made it even more special.

Friday 17 November 2017

I attended an MSW event at Dudley Russell’s Hall Hospital today, a trust with currently no WPRs. Matron Amanda Clayton had advertised this event and there were cakes and even a buffet! The party was attended by 20 midwives and MSWs, who were presented with thank you cards on arrival.

I then went to visit the Antenatal Clinic with Matron Geraldine Thurley, who had even written a poem for ‘her MSWs’ as a way of saying thank you for all their hard work.