Education Conference 2021 - Resetting midwifery education

The RCM education conference now in its 8th year provides a great opportunity for midwife educators to hear about innovations and excellence in midwifery and maternity education and to plan for future challenges in developing a safe and competent workforce.  

 The theme for 2021 is Resetting education in the light of Covid-19. We will be reflecting on the response of midwife educators to what has been an unparalleled situation created by the COVID 19 pandemic both in terms of how we provide education to students and how we look after ourselves. 

Why attend? 

  • Fantastic opportunity to hear about future challenges in education and how they can be overcome 
  • Explore the direction that midwifery education is moving in and how best to promote the profession
  • Network with colleagues from HEI and practice 



Stepping up project: A student and educators experience a four country perspective: Alison Cooke 
followed by a panel discussion with Fiona Gibb, Jenny McNeill, Grace Thomas and Nicky Clarke 

Student learning experiences have undergone significant change during the pandemic. It is essential to assess what effect the extended placement has had on student readiness for practice, their confidence, resilience, mental health, and attrition and retention


Review of the EU Directive education and training requirements
Carmel Lloyd and Dr Jacqui Williams and Karen Murray


Developing and supporting self and others shifting paradigms
Sudden Shift- Nikki Lacey
Developing a virtual mentoring scheme Professor Jayne Marshall FRCM
@atyourcervix - Nimo Mohamud

Three Midwives at different stages of their career discuss the developments they have implemented in any ever shifting world.

Fellowships Awarded


Supporting students in practice
The CLiP model: Professor Kenda Crozier, Heather Bower and Carole Yearley
The Synergy model: Elizabeth Nocturn and Lisa Bacon 

This session will focus on two different learning models. Collaborative Learning in Practice (CLiP) is a different way of supervision and learning for students in practice. Greater Manchester Synergy Model. An innovative coaching style practice placement model. Focuses on coaching ideologies with a strong emphasis on woman centered care, clinical leadership development and peer learning.


Embedding MCoC model in pre-registration education

Neesha Ridley  and Dr Anna Byrom.

This session will explore the benefits of embedding the Continuity of Care approach into the theoretical and practical components of the pre-registration midwifery curriculum. We will share an overview of the national priorities and include a local case study from the University of Central Lancashire. A call will be made to develop a national group to support the ongoing implementation and development of Continuity of care, to meet the aspiration of the NMC standards of proficiency for midwives. 


Education award winners 2020 Johnson's, International midwifery educators, transforming midwifery in India.

Professor Soo Downe and Elizabeth Gomez

The Government of India, having committed to train 85,000 midwives, and have requested that UK midwives be prepared to deliver education programmes. Elizabeth and Soo will discuss this innovative project and some of the challenges.


Zepherina Veitch Lecture: 

Global progress on Midwifery: what the future might hold
Fran McConville Midwifery Advisor WHO