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Maternity Support Worker Week 2018

Maternity Support Worker Week 2018

The RCM is pleased to announce MSW Week taking place from Monday 12th to Sunday 18th November 2018

MSW Month November 2017 was a great success, resulting in a vastly improved understanding of our membership category for support workers in maternity and contributed to a 20% increase in RCM MSW membership since last year!

This year our week of activities aims to celebrate the work they do and to reach out to as many MSWs as possible. For 2018 we hope to achieve this by continuing to encourage RCM branches to put on local workplace events, and also to encourage MSWs to attend our 10 RCM study days being held as below across the UK during our week of celebrations.




Northern Ireland – Antrim – 12th  Nov

London – 12th  Nov

Wales - Cardiff – 12th  Nov

Birmingham – 13th  Nov

Torbay – 14th  Nov

Wales - Colwyn Bay – 14th  Nov

Scotland - Edinburgh – 15th  Nov

Manchester – 15th  Nov

Leeds – 16th  Nov

Newcastle– 16th  Nov


To book your place for the upcoming events, see here

Celebrating the Support Worker Role

We want Support Workers in Maternity to be seen as an integral part of the Maternity Team as well as our Union and Professional Organisation.

The RCM welcomes Support Workers (bands 1-4) in Maternity including MSW’s, HCA’s, MA’s, Community Support Worker’s or those in Clerical or Administration Roles into membership and to get more involved in our organisation. You can find out more information on our MSW Category of membership here.

Let’s use this week to raise awareness that the RCM is the only union and professional organisation with the expertise and knowledge necessary to support them working towards developing in their roles and improving their working lives.

How are you celebrating MSW Week?

RCM Branches, Activists and members are planning activities to take place during MSW Week to celebrate the Support Worker role in the Maternity setting; this could an MSW Awards Ceremony, recruitment event, tea party or community event.

Do make sure you get involved and help make this high profile week of activity a success.

Register your event

Please let us know the details of your event so that we can promote this and also support you with RCM Staff attendance on the day. To register your event, please use the following Survey Monkey link here.

Get Social Media Active!

We’ll be asking our members to be active on social media and also to tell the world of Maternity (and beyond) with our downloadable placard. 

The following hashtag #MSWWeek2018 will be used to promote our events and local workplace activities and to acknowledge the support we offer to MSW’s throughout the week in November. Please use this across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram linking @MidwivesRCM.

Do you want to support your MSW colleagues and get involved in your RCM?

Our RCM MSW Advocates and Workplace Reps (Stewards, Health & Safety Reps and Learning Reps) are elected by our members to support and represent their interests in the workplace. We encourage our MSW members to get involved in these roles and their local branch. Here you can find out what it's like to be a union rep from our MSWs:

Find out more about Workplace Reps and MSW Advocates.


  • A guide for Branches, MSW Advocates and WPR’s for getting active and planning events 
  • Download our social media placards below for your own special #MSWWeek2018 photos to share on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
  1. I Love being a Maternity Support Worker
  2. I Love my Maternity Support Worker 
  • Download MSW Green bunting to decorate your event
  • Stuck for ideas? Our events and messaging ideas generator can be downloaded here 
  • Download our MSW Week Events Template Poster
  • Workplace Reps and Branches can order merchandise through StoreFront, stocks are limited so please ensure you only order for the number expected at your event, information here
  • Download information and resources on Maternity Support Worker membership here.


For more information please contact us on msw.week@rcm.org.uk or speak to your National/Regional Officer or Organiser.