Research News & Views

Dear all

The RCM Research Award Buddy Scheme

If you are considering applying for The Wellbeing of Women Entry-level Research Scholarships the call is now out for applications and the application deadline is the 30 June 2022. If you are a midwife and a full RCM member the new RCM Research Awards Buddy Scheme [RABS] is here, and we have buddies waiting to support you on your application journey. Please disseminate this information to your colleagues and networks and contact us at [email protected] to find out more or to register your interest.

NIHR Associate PI scheme

We are really pleased to inform you of an exciting development opportunity available to midwives wishing to gain hands-on experience of research.  The Associate PI Scheme is a six month in-work training opportunity, providing practical experience for healthcare professionals starting their research career. Working in collaboration with the NIHR Associate Principal Investigator scheme the Royal College of Midwives endorses and actively promotes participation amongst its members.  Participating midwives receive formal recognition of engagement in NIHR Portfolio research studies through the certification of Associate PI status, endorsed by the NIHR and the Royal College of Midwives. To find out more about the Associate PI scheme, the benefits, and how to apply, visit the Associate PI Scheme webpage. If you have any questions, please contact the Associate PI Scheme Central Team at [email protected]

Professors in midwifery

An up-to-date list of the UK based Professors in midwifery is included on the RCM Research Hub. If you know of another Professor [they do not need to be a midwife] please get in touch with us.

Become a member of the NICE obstetric suite guideline committee: NICE is looking for a community midwife to join the obstetric suite guideline committee, for the update of the guideline on intrapartum care for healthy women and babies. The deadline for applications is 5pm on Thursday 12 May 2022.

Current studies on the RCM Research Hub – please share widely within your networks

Ruby Grater, an Applied Sport & Exercise Science MSc Student at Staffordshire University, is exploring to what extent the physical factors that enable or stop a mother from returning to physical activity, postpartum. We would like to find out how best healthcare professionals can support women in their return to exercise based on the physical factors that affect them. Please share with women aged 18+ and who have given birth within the last 24 months are invited to take part in an online survey.

Vimbai Mamombe is a doctoral student at the University of Leicester. Her research focuses on the role of health care professionals that offer breastfeeding support to mothers of late preterm infants in the UK postnatal setting. If you are currently working in a postnatal setting in the UK and you offer breastfeeding support to mothers of late preterm infants, you are invited to complete this online survey.

Conferences

Virtual International Day of the Midwife conference. This is a 24-hour free online conference centred on 5th May for midwives and anyone interested in childbirth

Home (nlnb22.com) The 21st International Normal Labour and Birth Research Conference is in Aarhus, Denmark, 12-14 September 2022. Abstract submission deadline 25 May 2022.

Maternal Health Research Conference  Edge Hill University, 24th May 2022, 9:30am - 3:30pm. This is a free hybrid conference – face to face and online registration is available. Face to face places are capped at 100, and there is no cap for online.

With best wishes,

Jenny Cunningham & Jude Field

RCM Research Advisors

We are always keen to hear about midwives who are taking part in, or conducting research, or organising research related events – please get in touch with us at [email protected] if you feel that the RCM can support you in promoting or disseminating your research or event.

Please click on this link to access the RCM Research Hub

Dear all,

The Jean Davies Iolanthe Midwifery Trust Award is being announced later this month. We very much look forward to hearing who the winner is, and the focus of their work. Well done to everyone who applied. If you are considering applying when applications re-open at the end of the year, you may want to join the new RCM Research Awards Buddy Scheme The scheme has been created to encourage and support more midwives to apply for the Wellbeing of Women Entry Level Scholarship (WoW) and the Iolanthe Midwifery Trust Jean Davies awards. The RCM part funds both awards each year. Applicants to both awards must be midwives and full members of the RCM. The buddies for this scheme are all previous successful applicants and are volunteering their time to offer their support as buddies.

Health and Care Research Wales has announced its next cohort of Senior Research Leaders and Specialty Leads from across academia and the NHS in Wales, to act as ambassadors for research into diseases, treatments and services that can change people’s lives and drive improvements in care. Congratulations to Professor Julia Sanders on being appointed Speciality Led Reproductive Health. Julia has had an extensive career across a combination of clinical, teaching and research posts. Julia’s current position is Professor of Clinical Nursing & Midwifery, a joint post between Cardiff University and Cardiff & Vale University Health Board, with a specific remit to support, develop and lead on nursing and midwifery led studies

New studies on the RCM Research Hub – please share widely within your networks:

Evaluating the maternity teamwork experience of obstetrician and midwives. Dr Bismeen Jadoon is a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist at the Royal Berkshire Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. She is currently completing a Masters degree in International Health & Clinical Leadership from the University of Sheffield

Experiences of pregnancy, birth and the post-natal period during the pandemic Researchers from the University of Sheffield and University of Warwick, in collaboration with the NCT, are inviting first-time parents to share their anonymous experiences of pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period.

Funding and PG study opportunities:

The NIHR Fellowship Programme will open this month for the NIHR Doctoral Fellowship and the NIHR Advanced Fellowship awards. The NIHR Doctoral Fellowship is a three year full-time award that supports individuals to undertake a PhD in an area of NIHR research, although may also be taken up on a part-time basis of between 50% and 100% whole time equivalent.  The Advanced Fellowship is for those at a post-doctoral level and can be utilised at several specific points of a researcher’s career development. The fellowship is between 2 and 5 years and can be completed on a full-time or part-time basis. Both Fellowship awards have the option for including time in clinical practice.

The latest funding window from the Nightingale Fund closes on 15 May.  The Fund supports post registration education and professional development through diploma and post-graduate degrees, including PhDs, specific modules and short courses, defined as five days or greater. Guidance on applications can be found on the Fund website

Training and learning opportunities:

Offering Financial Incentives to Participants in Health and Breastfeeding Research [13 April, 14.00] This free online event is organised by the Institute of Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine (University of Zurich), The Swiss Medical Weekly, The Global Health Network (University of Oxford) and LactaHub. Follow this link for more information

An Introduction to Design and Analysis of Clinical Trials: Statistics for Non-Statisticians | UCL Institute of Clinical Trials and Methodology - UCL – University College London [23-26 May] This four-day online course will introduce the principles and application of statistics in the randomised controlled trial (RCT) environment. The intended audience is non-statisticians working in clinical trials who only have a basic level of statistical knowledge at present.  Follow this link for more information and costs

Maternal health research conference This is a free hybrid event being held at Edge Hill University on the 24 May. Follow this link for more information

With best wishes,

Jenny Cunningham & Jude Field

RCM Research Advisors

We are always keen to hear about midwives who are taking part in, or conducting research, or organising research related events – please get in touch with us at [email protected] if you feel that the RCM can support you in promoting or disseminating your research or event.

Please click on this link to access the RCM Research Hub

The RCM Education and Research Conference was held 23rd-24th March 2022. 

Download the conference supplement here.

Dear all

We are both very much looking forward to the RCM Education and Research Conference later this week. If you are able to attend the conference we will be there, along with colleagues from the RCM Education, Research and MIDIRS teams. Please do come and introduce yourself to us.

We are really pleased to let you know that the new RCM Research Awards Buddy Scheme will be officially launched at the conference. The scheme will provide support to RCM members applying for either the Iolanthe Midwifery Trust Jean Davies award or the Wellbeing of Women Entry Level Scholarship [ELS]. Both awards are supported by the RCM. Previous winners of both awards are kindly volunteering their time to be buddies on the scheme. If you are a previous award winner and would like to offer your support for this scheme, or if you have any questions about offering support, please contact us via [email protected] The scheme will be open for award applicants after the conference. It is anticipated that the Wellbeing of Women ELS will open for applications in April 2022, with the Iolanthe Midwifery Trust Jean Davies opening later in the year.

Our Research Hub is being updated to gather together all of our resources and make the experience of searching for research related information much easier. Please take a look, and we would be interested to receive your feedback. This month we have 4 new research studies in the Current maternity research studies pod on the Hub. These include the RAPP (Responses to Alcohol and Pregnancy Policy) study, the [email protected] (A Realist Inquiry into Maternity Care @ A Distance) study, the EMPOWER project and a study exploring how maternity study use visual management tools for escalation of care in maternity services. All of these studies offer opportunities for midwife involvement.

External events

There are some other exciting online and face to face conference opportunities taking place:

The Virtual IDM conference, with the theme ‘Midwives: Together We Care’, is a 24-hour free online conference centred on 5th May 2022 for midwives and anyone interested in childbirth. While the call for presentations has closed it is still possible to submit a poster for this conference [deadline 1 April]. There look to be some fantastic keynote and invited speakers.

The Normal Labour and Birth Research conference is being held in Denmark between September 12 and 14 2022. Registration and the call for abstracts will open soon.

 The 33rd ICM Triennial Congress, with the theme ‘Together again, from evidence to reality’ is taking place in Bali between 11-14 June 2023. Conference registration and the call for abstracts are open. There looks to be a wide range of opportunities to share your knowledge and skills.

The RCM ilearn module ‘Spreading the word, getting your abstract accepted’ is a short module designed to help midwives, support workers and student midwives develop their skills in writing papers and creating posters for presentation at events or for journals. It will provide hints and tips to get your abstract or paper accepted.

Funding

You may be interested in taking a look at MatCHNet. Funded by the UK Prevention Research Partnership (UKPRP), MatCHNet is a newly established UK-wide network that is developing a multidisciplinary, community of public health researchers, methodologists, policy makers and service providers. This community will come together to prioritise upstream policy interventions that can be evaluated using administrative data. Current academic disciplines involved in MatCHNet include epidemiology, child health, health informatics, population health statistics, public health science, health economics, and social science disciplines. Funding call Pump Priming Funding – MatCHNet (gla.ac.uk)

With best wishes,

Jenny Cunningham & Jude Field

RCM Research Advisors

We are always keen to hear about midwives who are taking part in, or conducting research – please get in touch with us at [email protected] if you feel that the RCM can support you in promoting or disseminating your research.

Please click on this link to access the RCM Research Hub

The RCM Education and Research conference is taking place in Coventry on the 23 and 24 March. This event is free for RCM members. You can view the conference programme and register for your place here. If you are able to attend the conference we will be there, along with colleagues from the RCM Education, Research and MIDIRS teams and look forward to meeting you. Please do come and introduce yourself to us.

Earlier this month Jude gave a brief update on the work that we are doing to develop the RCM research resources to the joint RCM / Welsh Government Think Tank.  We are committed to ensuring the RCM’s research activities reach all four countries and look forward to getting (virtually) around the UK. The research section of the RCM Career Framework is currently being updated and will include case studies of midwives from across all 4 countries of the UK talking about their research journeys. If you are currently completing a research degree or work within research in any capacity, please consider writing a case study for our Framework. You can get in touch using our email below.

At the conference in March, we will be launching a new buddy scheme for midwives applying for the RCM supported Jean Davies Iolanthe Trust and the Wellbeing of Women awards. Previous winners of these awards have kindly offered to provide some guidance on how to submit a strong application to prospective applicants. If you are previous award winner and may be interested in being part of this scheme, please contact us to discuss this with us.

External events and opportunities

The NIHR ICA Programme Pre-doctoral Clinical and Practitioner Academic Fellowship opened for applications in January and will close on the 18 of March.  This is a great opportunity for England based midwives to have salaried time to develop a doctoral fellowship application and undertake funded academic training. The aim of the award is to equip early career researchers with the skills and experience to access doctoral level funding.

Midwife Jo Cull is a previous PCAF award winner and is now studying on a NIHR funded doctoral fellowship. Jo has kindly offered to be contact point for any midwives who are interested in applying for this award. You can contact Jo via email at [email protected].

The Virtual International Day of the Midwife conference celebrates the International Day of the Midwife in this online conference - bringing all parties interested in childbirth from across the globe together. The deadline for presentation submissions has now passed, but you can still submit a poster for the conference. The conference starts at 22.00 UTC on the 5th of May.

With best wishes,

Jenny Cunningham & Jude Field

RCM Research Advisors

Happy New Year to everyone. This month we would like to highlight our Education and Research conference in March, as well as share the exciting research related opportunities that 2022 is already bringing.

In case you are yet to see the programme for our Education and Research conference, we have an excellent range of speakers, including Professor Hora Soltani, and Professor Jane Sandall. We will also be providing an update on the implementation of the RCM Research and Development Strategy, including details about our new support scheme for RCM research-supported awards.

There is also space at the conference for midwives to share their work – please submit your abstract by the Friday 21st January 2022 in order to grasp this opportunity. By submitting an abstract you will be able to disseminate and profile your work - and yourself as a researcher. It will also support you to promote the translation of research into practice, enable you to receive feedback and critique from your peers, as well as offering networking with others who are interested in the same topic area. For those of you new to abstracts, there is an i-learn module on how to write a good abstract, which members can access here Course: Spreading the word: getting your abstract accepted (rcm.org.uk)

We are offering three options for those who wish to submit an abstract – an oral presentation, a poster and (new for this year) a pre-recorded elevator pitch. You can opt for any or all of these options when you submit. Please don’t be shy and come along to showcase your work.

You can submit an abstract, view the complete programme and book your place at this free* conference here.

External events and opportunities

Throughout February the Council of Deans for Health are holding an online Research Month – places are free for staff at universities who are Council members. With talks on building research capacity, navigating career pathways, leadership and innovative roles in research, these events look really useful for midwives either already working in research roles, or who want to move into this area of practice. 

Several funding opportunities are available - the RCM supported Iolanthe Midwifery Trust Jean Davies award, and other Iolanthe Midwifery Awards, all close for applications on 1 February. There are also some country specific funding opportunities available - in Scotland the Chief Scientist Office Early Postdoctoral Fellowship – Chief Scientist Office (scot.nhs.uk), and England the NIHR Pre-doctoral Clinical Academic Fellowship scheme. We will highlight funding opportunities specific to Wales and Northern Ireland, as well as more opportunities in Scotland and England as they arise throughout the year.

With best wishes,

Jenny Cunningham & Jude Field [RCM Research Advisors]

We are always keen to hear about midwives who are taking part in, or conducting research – please get in touch with us at [email protected] if you feel that the RCM can support you in promoting or disseminating your research.

Please click on this link to access the RCM Research Hub

*Free for RCM members

RCM Education and Research Conference 2022 - Elevator pitches 

At the RCM Education and Research Conference 2022, research midwives presented their elevator pitches. 

Watch the video below to find out more. 

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