Our RCM Branches - Celebrating Your Success!

By Nick Child, Senior Organiser (Networks) on 23 January 2018 RCM Branches

We certainly ended last year on a high and we're pleased to say that your RCM is bigger and stronger than ever. This is a result of the strong commitment and excellent work of our branch officers, workplace representatives, MSW advocates as well as our members, who together have contributed to keeping our RCM branches active.

There are over 200 RCM branches across all four countries in the UK. Their purpose is to promote and advance excellence in midwifery practice and policy by enabling members to meet together locally for trade union, professional, educational and social purposes. They undertake a broad range of activities, from addressing workplace issues to hosting learning events, as well as supporting members to attend RCM conferences, celebrating midwifery locally and supporting our members at work.

In 2017, after a year of successful campaigns and playing a key role in organising over 700 workplace engagement events, we now have the highest level of membership ever recorded! The success of these campaigns and everything we do to promote, support and influence midwifery and the whole maternity team only happens because of your collective efforts and commitment. We want to express our sincere thanks for everything that you do.

Ahead in 2018, hot on the heels of MSW Month, we will be making plans for International Day of the Midwife #IDM2018 as well as our extensive programme of professional events and study days at national, regional and local levels.

We will also have our RCM Branch AGM season in January, where the focus will be the election of branch officers and our workplace representatives who support you, as well as making plans for more exciting events which will benefit you over the year.

Get involved

If you have never been involved with your local RCM branch or attended one of their meetings or events then we urge you to get involved. While an important element of our work is to represent our members at work, we also support and organise exciting events, study days and conferences that will help with your personal and professional development.

For members, speak to your RCM workplace representatives or look for information on your RCM workplace noticeboard for more information on how you can get more involved. If you are not sure who to speak to, get in touch with RCM Connect, 24 hours a day on freephone 0300 303 0444.

Support for our activists

If you are an activist, and you need any assistance with your activities over the year, please get in touch with your RCM national/regional officer or organiser. Their role is to support you and your members in the workplace and if you are not familiar with who they are then arrange some time for a workplace visit to discuss the support they provide.

Please also remember to complete your New Branch Officer Forms and Annual Branch Reviews so we can support you with ongoing activities in your trust or board. It is important that we are aware of the election of new roles and what your plans are so that we can work with you to support another successful year of activity in your local workplaces.

These forms, the Branch Governance Handbook and many other information and communication resources to promote and raise the profile of your Branch activities are available in our Publications and Resources sections.

We look forward to working with you to make 2018 the best and most successful year for the RCM yet!