Student midwife forum

What is the role of the student midwife forum?

The RCM student midwives forum (SMF) debates and discusses issues affecting student midwives at local and national levels to inform the work of the RCM on behalf of student midwife members. The SMF currently meets four times a year at RCM headquarters in central London and is made up of members who are elected by fellow student midwife members of the RCM.

Each of the four countries in the UK has student midwife representatives on the SMF and the group is chaired by a student midwife member and supported by RCM staff. The forum chairs the RCM Student Midwives’ Conference each year, identifying issues of interest and concern to student midwives and uniquely contributing to the programme.

View updates from the SMF in the Student Ezine.

Winners of SMF Election announced! Congratulations to: 

Northern Ireland - Clíodhna Devlin and Ella Simpson
North England - Jo Williams
Wales - Danielle Jacob
London - Elizabeth Roberts
South England - Fiona Howard

We look forward to working with you all in the new year!

Meet the current members of the Student Midwife Forum 2019


melissa tweddle


"I joined the SMF as a 3rd year student midwife and am excited to be a voice for other student midwives in the north of England, with the aim to maximise student experience in both academic and clinical settings. I have spoken at the RCM education conference and also at the 2018 RCM conference and am looking forward to future opportunities."

jessica james hill


"I am so excited to have this opportunity to be a representative for midwifery students, hopefully we can raise and tackle some important issues that we are all facing, while also being a source of support and advice."

lara carter


"I represent the SMF on behalf of England South. I have joined the RCM in my third year to be a voice for student midwives in my region as well as to experience the opportunities that the role provides."

Rosie Jenks


"I joined the RCM as a first year student, after I was inspired by a RCM organiser who came to our university. I was excited by the prospect of developing my passion for midwifery and since joining I have represented the SMF speaking at a conference celebrating the 70th birthday of the NHS."

Northern Ireland

Deirbhile Murphy


"I am one of the SMF Northern Ireland representatives. I was eager to join the SMF to be a voice for student midwives within the RCM. I have really enjoyed my role so far and look forward to future opportunities."

Vince Rosales

Vince Rosales, a registered nurse and A&E senior nurse practitioner of 8 years, trained at Queens University of Belfast


"I have been a midwifery student since October 2017 on the 22 month course. I really enjoy representing students and the experience of working with the RCM." 


Mhairi McLellan


"I wanted to join the SMF because I am passionate about supporting students in their midwifery journey. I am involved in lots of things that support student midwives and I want to bring all of that experience to the role. I am here to represent you so please do not hesitate to contact me with any issues or concerns, as well as your positive feedback."

Rachael Dewey


"I am really happy to have a seat on the SMF for Scotland, looking forward to becoming actively involved in representing our amazing student body. I will rise to the challenge this role brings, as I believe student representation is vital and continues into our professional careers as future midwives." 


Amy Yorath


"I joined the RCM SMF as a second year student. Students are the next generation of midwives. I want to be a voice for them in the RCM. To ensure they have the necessary support, education and experience needed to provide exceptional care for women and their families."

Lydia Marklew Adams


"Studying to be a midwife is helping to fulfill my ambition to care for women as well as being an advocate for them. I feel it is part of my role to encourage student voices to be heard as greater demands are being put onto midwives." 

2019 dates: 

The dates for the meetings will be held on:

  • Wednesday 23 January 2019
  • Tuesday 30 April 2019
  • Thursday 18 July 2019
  • Tuesday 10 September 2019

How does RCM Student Midwives Forum engage with Student members?

There are number of ways that you can get engaged with RCM's SMF and other Student Members:

Further information

For further information about the RCM SMF, contact RCM Wales National Officer, Vicky Richards at: or by calling 0300 303 0444.