Midwifery academic recognised with RCM Fellowship

By RCM on 26 June 2018 Midwifery RCM Fellowship

The Royal College Midwives (RCM) has awarded Bournemouth midwife Dr. Susan Way with an RCM fellowship.

The RCM’s Fellowship scheme recognises individuals who provide exceptional leadership and deliver excellence in practice, education or research.

Dr. Way throughout her career has joined two of her early ambitious midwifery and education together and has spent over 30 years working in midwifery practice, education, research and regulation.

Susan spent eight years employed at the NMC working on a variety of projects including developing standards for midwifery education, practice and statutory supervision. She gained her PhD in 2007 at Bournemouth University and returned to working in education in 2009 taking up the role of Lead Midwife for Education.

Susan is already a senior fellow of the Higher Education Academy and associate professor.
Currently she enjoys supervising doctoral students  At Bournemouth University whose research is closely linked to practice, where they work two days a week clinically as part of a four-year full time clinical academic programme. Previously, Susan has chaired the LME UK Executive and the RCM Board.

Commenting having received her fellowship, Dr Way said; I feel honoured to be awarded the fellowship and the recognition that it gives to the work I have undertaken during my career to support the education of future and current midwives.”

Commenting, RCM President Kathryn Gutteridge said; “All of these midwives demonstrate the passion and dedication of the midwifery profession. They are all working tirelessly to push knowledge forward, to improve the profession and ultimately, to enable midwives to deliver even better care to women, babies and their families.

“Midwifery education is such an important area and midwives like Susan are instrumental to our profession as well as inspiring. I whole heartedly congratulate Susan on receiving her honorary fellowship.”


*About the RCM Fellowship

The RCM Fellowship scheme recognises individuals who provide exceptional leadership and deliver excellence in practice, education or research. RCM midwife members can apply to be considered for a Fellowship and if successful, applicants can use the Fellowship status to display their support for the RCM. 

Becoming an RCM fellow is an opportunity for experienced midwife practitioners to showcase their experience and expertise and promote the profession of midwifery. As an RCM fellow, midwives receive professional recognition which will enhance their career prospects. They will also have the opportunity to contribute to strategic working groups and influence national policy. The RCM also encourages its Fellows to present and share good practice issues at conferences and events, and to engage with opinion leaders and policy makers

The fellow will be eligible to use FRCM after their name and to join a network of FRCM alumni who will be invited to the annual Zepherina Veitch Memorial Lecture as a VIP of the RCM. In addition there will be an electronic networking group for FRCMs which will enable them to share their expertise with their peers. Successful applicants receive a certificate and a distinctive insignia.


More details on RCM’s Fellowship programme are available here

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Notes to editors

The RCM is the only trade union and professional association dedicated to serving midwifery and the whole midwifery team. We provide workplace advice and support, professional and clinical guidance and information, and learning opportunities with our broad range of events, conferences and online resources. For more information visit the RCM website at https://www.rcm.org.uk/