Conference home page Hot topics 9 May 2024 programme

8 May conference programme

Stream A - auditorium 







Gill Walton CBE, chief executive and general secretary, RCM



10.45 - 11.45

Energising excellence: The UK’s Chief Midwifery Officers in conversation 

Kate Brintworth chief midwifery officer England
Justine Craig chief midwifery officer Scotland
Karen Jewell chief midwifery officer Wales
Caroline Keown chief midwifery officer Northern Ireland


Publications: Solution Series

12.15 - 13.15

Mind the gap: Narrowing health inequalities

  • Carla Stanke, public health specialist, Lambeth Early Action Partnership (LEAP)
  • Clare Livingstone, quality and standards advisor, RCM
  • Professor Alison McFadden, professor of mother and infant public health, University of Dundee
  • Dalvir Kandola, consultant midwife - lead for inclusivity, University Hospitals Leicester
  • Sarah Esegbona- Adeigbe , associate professor midwifery , London South Bank University

Individualised care

I-learn:  Health inequalities: the power of maternity care. MIDIRS search pack: MS76 Gypsies, Roma and Travellers

13.40 - 14.40

Futureproofing the profession. Supporting midwives to work across research, education, practice and leadership

Jonny Bell, project manager, University of Portsmouth
Leanne Daniel, lecturer in midwifery, Swansea University
Professor Vanora Hundley, professor of midwifery, Bournemouth University
Alison Murray, deputy head of midwifery, Liverpool Womens NHS FT 

Chloe Searle, midwife, Liverpool Womens NHS FT 


Recruitment and retention

Publications: Female Genital Mutilation; Violence against women and girls

15.00 - 16.00

Integrating trauma informed care into practice

Jo Cull, national institute for health research wellbeing of women doctoral fellow, University of Central Lancashire, University of Central Lancashire
Lorraine Farrow, senior educator: lead for trauma informed care in maternity, NHS Education for Scotland
Sophie Olson, founder/managing director, The Flying Child CIC

Individualised care


16.30- 16.45

RCM Fellows presentation                                      



16.45 - 17.45

Zepherina Veitch lecture: Midwife in a warzone, Wendy Warrington



Stream B - room 3





10.25 -11.15

The best we can be: Supporting MSW career development

Lisa Jesson, deputy lead midwife, workforce training & education, NHS England
Poppy Skinner, lecturer , Birmingham City University
Nicola Potts, maternity support worker education lead, University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust


Publications: Career framework

I-learn:  MSW advocates

11.35 - 12.25 

Starting things right: Fostering successful lactation practices for at-risk women and infants

Speaker: Sioned Hilton IBCLC RGN/RSCN, Medela Global Education

Sponsored by Medela



12.40 - 13.40


The implementation of a new midwifery learning space in higher education. Emily Bee University of Bradford
Student led infant feeding clinic - a pilot study.  Dr Daisy Wiggins and Nicola Keefe (RM) Bournemouth University and Portsmouth Hospital Trust
Decolonising midwifery education: shaping the future of midwifery. Lola Ornato, Kristina Goh and Niki Duncan, Middlesex University
Dragons and Midwives: the reality of creating authentic assessment to prepare future leaders of the profession. Professor Jayne E Marshall, University of Leicester



13.55 -14.55


Gestational Diabetes; not always what it seems. Beth Evans and Nicola Young, South East Genomics medicine Service Alliance
Digital technology and the midwife-woman relationship: evaluating midwives’ experiences of a changing service. Amber Balkwill, NHS Grampian
Exploring the attrition and retention of midwifery professionals: an organisational case study. Dr Claire Feeley and Dr Tomasina Stacey, King's College London
Harnessing digital technology and data to improve triage waiting times, enhancing BSOTS compliance, patient experience, and safety. Genevieve Cousineau Liverpool Women's NHS Foundation Trust



15.15 - 16.05

Neurodivergence acceptance in midwifery education

Emilie Edwards, senior lecturer in midwifery and neurodiversity advocate, Middlesex University
Ruby Handley-Stone, professional advisor, education, Royal College of Midwives
Kayty Richards,  student midwife/ SMF representative, University of Derby


Publications: Neurodiversity acceptance toolkit

I-learn: Neurodiversity in the workplace; Appreciating dyslexia; Autism and pregnancy

MIDIRS search packs: M101 Neurodiversity in midwifery

Stream C - room 11





10.30 - 11.20 

Engaging people: Innovation in communication

Didi Craze, communications and social media midwife , UHSussex NHS Trust

Professor Hora Soltani, professor of maternal and infant health, Sheffield Hallam University

Individualised care

Publications: RE:Birth summary report 

MIDIRS search packs: MS25 Homeless women; MS46 Child protection and safeguarding, child abuse and neglect; MS48 Refugees, asylum seekers and displaced people

11.50 - 12.40 

Being green: sustainability in the NHS

Alifia Chakera, head of pharmaceutical sustainability , Scottish Government

Josephine Frame, midwife, NHS England

Manraj Phull, senior net zero delivery manager, Greener NHS, NHS England


I-learn: Global midwifery: considering the theoretical issues

MIDIRS search pack: M103 Environmentally sustainable midwifery

13.00  13.50

Brace for impact: Why investing in leadership matters

Janice Irvine NHS Shetland

Nicola Raynsford-Fox, labour ward coordinator, midwife, Southend University Trust

Caitlin Wilson, professional advisor, midwife (education and career development), RCM

Helen Williams, labour ward coordinator, South Warwickshire University NHS Foundation Trust


Publication:The Solution series - Making maternity services safer: The role of leadership 

MIDIRS search pack: M77 - Leadership

14.10 - 15.00 

Take the floor: Improving perinatal pelvic health

Monica Franklin , senior project manager perinatal pelvic health service, Southeast London Local Maternity and Neonatal System

Paula Igualada-Martinez, advanced clinical practitioner in pelvic health physiotherapy, Guys and St Thomas´ NHS Foundation Trust

Charles Podschies project manager for the Perinatal Pelvic Health Initiative


I-learn: Peri-partum pelvic floor muscle exercises ; MaternityPEARLS (perineal repair and suturing)

MIDIRS search pack: P117  Pregnancy-related pelvic girdle pain; PN34 Incontinence and pelvic floor damage

15.20 - 16.10 

Pfizer Sponsor session