i-learn update: what's new?

on 03 September 2018 Midwives Magazine RCM i-Learn

The latest modules and updates released by the RCM’s i-learn team.

Professional and practice

VTE prevention and midwifery practice 
Venous thromboembolism (VTE) and pulmonary embolism are one of the leading causes of maternal morbidity and mortality in the UK. The midwife has an important role in prevention, detection and education around VTE. This updated interactive course includes videos, resources and activities to enable midwives to identify and prevent VTE.

Women affected by forced marriage

Forced marriage is a global problem. This new course provides an understanding of the issue and its scale within the wider context of honour-based abuse and violence against women and girls in the UK. It uses case studies to help midwives and support workers understand and identify the differences between forced marriage and arranged marriage, the motivation for forced marriage and how it presents.

The module explains the safeguarding responsibilities of midwives and support workers; the practical steps to protect victims; potential victims and the unborn child; referral pathways; identifiable signs and symptoms of forced marriage; and the important ‘One Chance’ rule.

It helps develop confidence in handling victims in a clinical setting who may have experienced forced marriage and other serious crimes associated with it, such as rape or modern slavery.

10-minute updates

Spreading the word – getting your abstract accepted

Sharing knowledge and expertise of practice, education and research provides an opportunity to learn from others and to bring about improvements in care for the benefit of women, babies, maternity staff and the service. This new module provides hints and tips to get your abstract accepted at conferences, events or awards. It also includes advice on developing an oral presentation or poster and outlines some of the various opportunities to showcase your work.

Building resilient practitioners 2018 update:

Working in maternity services is challenging so midwives, students and support workers need to find ways to take care of themselves and their colleagues. Research into midwifery resilience suggests that it is possible to develop personal and professional strategies to enhance resilience and keep practice sustainable. This short course includes a research-based resilient repertoire with linked reflective questions and has been updated with more resources to help identify positive mood changers that suit you and your lifestyle.  


GDPR for activists

This short i-learn module on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) aims to support workplace reps and branch officers in understanding how these new regulations impact on the way they store and use data about RCM members. This course contains videos, interactive activities and examples to give a better understanding of what is meant by personal data and the importance of sensitive data; the rights of the individual; why these regulations are relevant to you; and what to do if a data breach occurs.