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Country news: England

28 November, 2014

Country news: England

News and updates from RCM England by director Jacque Gerrard (Midwives Issue 6 2014).

The penultimate group of RCM volunteers has recently returned from Cambodia, hailing it as the ‘midwifery experience of a lifetime’. The final group is leaving in January and we are developing bids for future volunteering projects. 
It was a joy to welcome Lida Oung, the vice president of the Cambodian Midwives Association, and Thyda Yeath, a midwifery teacher from Cambodia, to England as part of the twinning project. They had a wonderful experience meeting midwives in the North West and London. Thank you to everyone who made this a successful visit.
The first RCM advisory forum met recently and will support the RCM to deliver on its professional strategy. The group consists of members from across the UK who will advise the RCM on current professional and trade union issues. They will give us credibility, legitimacy and be a strong voice in the NHS in the UK. The forum comprises of HoMS, SoMs, clinical midwives, newly qualified midwives, students and MSWs, as well as teachers and researchers.
Student midwives at the University of Bradford launched their midwifery society with the screening of the fabulous Microbirth film. It was well attended and debate and discussion followed late into the evening. Society chair Abbie Milnes was delighted with the turnout and support.
The society has already organised its next event on 17 December, which will focus on keeping high-risk birth normal. To find out more, email: uobmidwiferysociety@outlook.com
A successful conference was held in Durham entitled ‘Midwives and mothers matter’. Around 190 delegates attended and it was organised in conjunction with the clinical network and the LSAMO.
We hosted a very invigorating meeting in Leeds where HoMS from across the country discussed the ever-challenging agenda of safe, high-quality maternity care and good practice. Speakers from the RCM updated everyone on the pay campaign and researcher Helen Spiby presented on research around ‘midwives and stress’.
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