RCM Research Conference - Growing the next generation

The RCM research conference is now in its 2nd year and is a conference for aspiring, developing and experienced midwifery and maternity researchers. Last year’s inaugural conference was a great success and attended by over 100 delegates. The programme will include inspiring speakers, critical debate and discussions about midwifery research. There will be opportunities to showcase individual research and network with like-minded midwives and others working in maternity service research. 

09.00- 09.45 

Future perfect? The midwifery vocation as a touchstone throughout uncertain times:

Professor Soo Downe 



Rebecca Edwards, The L-TEL Trial: Can an educational web-intervention, co-created by service users, affect nulliparous women's experiences of early labour? 

Alessandra Morelli, Impact of Covid-19 on UK midwifery-led service provision during the first wave of the pandemic.


Break and Posters 



RCM Research and Development Strategy

Jenny Cunningham - an update on the strategy: plans for 2021 and beyond.

Professor Mary Renfrew  - Asking different questions , identifying priorities for research.


Professor Jane Sandall

Plans to enhance research leadership and academic capacity for research by midwives and strengthening the profession’s contribution to evidence-informed transformational change. 


Lunch and Posters



Mentoring and  Supporting Early Researchers      

Patricia Gillen and Alison Little in conversation - Successfully supporting midwives through their PhD journey.

Sam Nightingale - Women’s information needs for Induction of Labour.

Catherine Collins -  The maternity experiences of women who have been trafficked into the UK. 



Holly Lovell, A Survey Exploring Women’s Use of Mobile Apps in Labour in the United Kingdom.

Claire Wood and Sarah Smith, Exploring how to enhance healthcare worker wellbeing on a Labour Ward: insider participatory action research. 


Break and Posters



MIDIRS -Supporting your practice with evidence-based resources

Highlighting the way MIDIRS can support your practice and learning with evidence-based resources.


Undertaking research within BAME communities 

Dr Manish Pareek - Ethnicity and COVID-19 outcomes in healthcare workers.  Reviewing the data on COVID-19 risk and clinical outcomes in ethnic minorities and then go on to talk about healthcare workers with a specific focus on UK-REACH.     

Agnes Agyepong - Why black women are not engaging in research and what can be done to change it?