News and updates from RCM Scotland by director Gillian Smith (Midwives Winter 2016).
UWS CONFERENCE: The University of the West of Scotland Midwifery Society hosted a conference on inequalities in September.
The event, ‘Balancing inequalities and challenging the norm’, culminated in new graduates being awarded badges. The graduates included those who had completed Scotland’s first MSc midwifery undergraduate programme.
SCOTTISH MALAWI PARTNERSHIP: The RCM joined the Scottish Malawi Partnership this year and I went to the AGM in Glasgow in October. It was a great event with live links to Malawi. It was inspiring to meet people who had done work in the country and to hear about some of the initiatives.
SNP CONFERENCE: The RCM was represented at this year’s SNP autumn conference.
I attended to hear the debates and to network with politicians and representatives from various organisations.
EDINBURGH NAPIER: Edinburgh Napier University launched its School of Health and Social Care at a two-day conference.
Hosted by the dean of the school, Professor Tracy Humphrey, it was an excellent event with some inspirational speakers. These included dean of the school of health sciences from Hong Kong’s Caritas Institute of Higher Education, which has developed links with nursing at the university.
STUC WOMEN’S CONFERENCE: RCM delegates from Scotland attended the Scottish Trade Union Congress Women’s Conference for the first time.
We had two motions accepted for debate – one on perinatal mental health services and one on breaking the 1% cap on pay within the public sector. Mary Ross-Davie spoke on perinatal mental health and I spoke on pay. Both motions were well supported.
GOODBYE: I have worked with the RCM in Scotland since March 1995, first as an officer, latterly as a director. In December, I will be retiring and you will have a new director, Mary Ross-Davie. I extend her a warm welcome; I believe the future of the RCM in Scotland is safe in her hands. She is working with me during November and December as part of her orientation. Read more about Mary.
I have had an amazing career, met some amazing colleagues, and been involved in some great initiatives. I am confident in the future of the profession and excited by the students I meet.
I am proud to have been a midwife in NHS Scotland and an employee of a terrific organisation. I wish you all well for the future.