So the end of your degree is near and you are thinking about the next steps. As an RCM member you will remain on the student membership before moving automatically onto the newly qualified role when you qualify. There are many resources available for finishing your degree in the learning and careers section of the hub, but one of the most important elements to consider is a preceptorship programme. Take a look at the First Five Years programme in Scotland and the information below.   

What is preceptorship?

We believe that newly qualified midwives benefit from support provided by experienced practitioners in the form of a preceptorship programme during their first year of practice. Preceptorship should be a structured period of transition that develops the newly qualified midwife from student to an accountable midwife able to work confidently to the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC) Code. The RCM believes the preceptorship period should normally last no longer than one year and, after successful completion, the midwife should automatically progress from Band 5 to Band 6.

Find out more via the NMC website here

Here are the main benefits and resources you receive as an RCM member: 

Open to those on a midwifery qualification course recognised by the NMC, at the reduced rate from the start of the student membership to three months after the expected date of completion of training. Please note that after this period you will be automatically transferred onto the newly qualified rate.

Subscription costs: £1.67 per month, then £10.99 per month for newly qualified midwives

Key benefits

  • Subscriptions to Midwives Magazine and Evidence Based Midwifery Journal
  • Access to all RCM Publications
  • RCM advice, support and representation for issues that arise in your maternity placement
  • Legal advice and representation
  • Medical malpractice insurance
  • Access to i-learn and i-folio
  • Access to Blue Top Guidelines and Evidence Based Guidelines
  • Access to local regional / national officers and Workplace representatives
  • 24-hour helpline
  • Access to RCM Library and databases
  • Access to either member prices or free places at face-to-face courses and online webinars to support your learning

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RCM i-learn has a range of online learning modules designed to support members’ continuous professional development (CPD). i-learn is easy to use and provides around-the-clock access to online learning. You can enrol on as many modules as you wish and work through them when and where you like.

There are over 120 RCM i-learn modules with more being developed and under constant review all the time: from 10-minute tasters that can be taken in your coffee break to packages of courses. 

For first year students we have produced a Student Survival Guide with everything you'll need to start your midwifery degree. 

Access i-learn

When you become an RCM student member you can get 20% off your MIDIRS subscription. A MIDIRS subscription is a comprehensive package that supports you with information resources to complete your midwifery course. You can access over 290,000 maternity care research abstracts with the world’s largest midwifery specific database Maternity and Infant Care (MIC).

You will also receive a copy of the internationally acclaimed MIDIRS Midwifery Digest journal every quarter. When you register to become an RCM member, simply tick the box in your membership application that you would like to access MIDIRS information resources.

Already an RCM student member? Visit and use the same e-mail address as your RCM membership. Your 20% discount will be automatically applied at check out.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) is the regulator for nursing and midwifery professions in the UK. The NMC maintains a register of all nurses, midwives and specialist community public health nurses and nursing associates eligible to practise within the UK.

Visit the NMC website