RCM Fellowships recognise individuals who provide exceptional leadership and deliver excellence in practice, education or research.
It is open to RCM member midwives who apply and meet the required criteria. These include evidence of professional development, exceptional contribution to promoting the art and science of midwifery and the effectiveness of midwives for the benefit of the health of women and their families.
This is demonstrated by professional and personal development of self and others within the sphere of midwifery practice, significant contribution to professional excellence in midwifery through consistent professional excellence in midwifery care and practice, education, research, scholarship, management and any other outstanding development and leadership in midwifery practice, leadership, education or research.
Why should you apply for a fellowship?
- You can lead on future developments and initiatives in midwifery
- You have the opportunity to contribute to the national and international development of midwifery
- You are an ambassador for midwives and the RCM
- You are recognised and appreciated within your organisation
- You demonstrate role modelling for peers and colleagues
Equality and Diversity
We know that our Fellows do not yet represent the diversity of our midwifery community and we want to change this. We would strongly encourage Black, Asian and mixed heritage midwives and midwives from other ethnic minorities to please consider applying to be a fellow. RCM Fellows are some of the strong, visible leaders and ambassadors of our profession and we want all of our members to be able to see themselves reflected in the fellows.
The RCM Fellowship scheme is open for applications between 5 October to 20 December 2021
Successful applicants will receive their Fellowship at the ZV Memorial event 23 March 2022 at Coventry Building Society Arena.
Eligibility criteria for admission to Fellowship are:
- registered midwife (in the UK with NMC) practising for more than seven years
- continuous full RCM membership (including joint agreement)/special category associate/overseas membership for five consecutive years prior to application
- evidence of formal and/or continuing professional development other than that gained from initial midwifery registration
- exceptional contribution to promoting the art and science of midwifery and the effectiveness of midwives for the benefit of the health of women and their families as demonstrated by:
- professional and personal development of self and others within the sphere of midwifery practice
- significant contribution to midwifery through consistent professional excellence in midwifery care and practice, education, research, scholarship, management and any other outstanding development
- leadership in midwifery practice, leadership, education or research
How to apply
Applying to be considered for the Fellowship is a two-step process:
Electronic applications can be submitted by any midwife member of the RCM who meets the criteria, using the application form which can be downloaded here. Receipt of all application forms will be acknowledged.
All applicants are asked to complete an application that will:
- detail how each of the criteria has been met: this may be through one major project, a series of interlinked pieces of work or a number of smaller projects and/or pieces of work
- list a minimum of two key pieces of supporting evidence
- include a condensed professional portfolio containing the evidence as listed of major innovation or development achieved over the previous five years
- include evidence of peer review through crucial reflection and references
Each section of the form must be completed. The statement in support of the application should address each of the criteria that the Assessment Panel considers.
The names, addresses and positions of three referees must be supplied on the form. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that referees have the proforma and guidance, which can be downloaded here.
Completed application forms and supporting evidence should be sent to [email protected].
To cover the costs in processing your application, you will need to pay a one-off £50 administration fee. The process in paying this fee is below.
- Call the membership team on 0300-303-0444 between 9am and 4.30pm, ensuring that you have your card details and membership number ready
- The membership operator will take payment using Worldpay Virtual Terminal
- There is a FRCM membership category which the accredited fellow will automatically be assigned to
- Once accredited as a Fellow you pay £5.00 per month in addition to your current membership fee
- When the FRCM ceases to work as a midwife, they are eligible to become a retired member of the RCM and would still be eligible to use FRCM (at no additional cost)
All Fellows must abide by their professional Code and the Fellows Code of Conduct and Practice, which means they must:
- act within their professional Code
- demonstrate respect, integrity and candour
- engage with professional activities which promote the midwifery profession
For Fellows, the RCM will:
- support Fellows to raise their professional profile through engagement with stakeholders and participation in events, activities and resource development
- support and encourage sharing of knowledge, innovation and practice issues
The RCM and Fellows will show respect for the opinions and ideas of colleagues in the constructive development of the profession.
The RCM and Fellows will support and actively engage with colleagues to develop and promote excellence in practice, education and research.
If a FRCM is considered to be acting outside their professional Code or fails to demonstrate a commitment to the profession the RCM reserves the right to discuss the behaviours and actions with the Fellow and if it is considered appropriate will remove their name from the roll and the Fellow would not be able to continue to use FRCM.
The FRCM aims to create a body of support for the midwifery/maternity profession which could provide professional advice and intelligence, on practice, education, research, policy and women’s service provision.
FRCM are recognised leaders within their sphere of expertise in midwifery and maternity service. FRCM are midwives with a high profile and have the respect of their peers and who are willing to advocate on behalf of the RCM and the profession.
If you have been asked by a colleague to support their application you will need to feel confident that they meet the criteria.
Please keep these simple questions in mind:
- Does the midwife demonstrate excellence in their particular field?
- Does the midwife support and inspire others in their personal development?
- Have you read and reviewed the midwife’s application form?
- Are you willing to support the midwife’s application?
- Do you feel confident the midwife’s application is appropriate?
- Have you known the applicant for two years or more?
- Your reference needs to be submitted at the time of the Fellow application.
- Applications open - 5 October 2021
- Applications close – 20 December 2021
- Applications reviewed by RCM review panel in November 2021
- Applications reviewed by External Panel December 2021
- Applicants informed of panel decision Following RCM Board ratification in January (via email)
Fellowships awarded at RCM’s Annual Memorial Lecture - 23 March 2022
Still have questions? Please email: [email protected] for further information.