Student midwife forum
What is the role of the student midwife forum?
The RCM student midwives forum (SMF) debates and discusses issues affecting student midwives at local and national levels to inform the work of the RCM on behalf of student midwife members. The SMF currently meets four times a year at RCM headquarters in central London and is made up of members who are elected by fellow student midwife members of the RCM.
Each of the four countries in the UK has student midwife representatives on the SMF and the group is chaired by a student midwife member and supported by RCM staff. The forum chairs the RCM Student Midwives’ Conference each year, identifying issues of interest and concern to student midwives and uniquely contributing to the programme.
View updates from the SMF in the Student Ezine.
Winners of SMF Election announced! Congratulations to:
Cliodhna Devlin – Queens University Belfast
Ella Simpson – University Queens belfast
Daniella Jacobs – University of Bangor North Wales
Elizabeth Roberts – Middlesex University London
Fiona Howard – University of Plymouth
Jo Williams – University of Bradford
We look forward to working with you all in the new year!
Meet the current members of the Student Midwife Forum 2020
"I am so excited to have this opportunity to be a representative for midwifery students, hopefully we can raise and tackle some important issues that we are all facing, while also being a source of support and advice."
"I am honoured to be offered a seat within the Student Midwives Forum, which allow me to develop my own career, as well as providing a support network for my fellow students, in a bid to assist with the creation of the next generation of registered midwives. I truly believe that happy midwives can generate happy mothers and who wouldn't want to be a part of that?"
"I am excited to be part of the SMF, to help organise the Student Conference at the RCM Conference. I didn’t think it was possible to be more motivated to develop my own voice, for women and for the profession of midwifery, and to help others find their voice. However, I left Manchester with even more zeal and commitment. I really hope to be granted the opportunity to join the forum."
"As a youth leader, I demonstrate the ability to manage, contribute to a team and plan activities to a challenging deadline. These are all needed when chairing RCM Student Midwife programs. The nature of the midwifery course has evolved my time management, organisation and prioritisation skills. The art of listening, is the skill I cherish the most because I do not have all the answers. There is something, we can all learn from each other."
"It is a privilege to provide care for women and their families as a student midwife, and I would like to put the skills and knowledge I have gained to identify and debate issues of interest and concern to student midwives and agree the course of action required, and share the work of the RCM Student Midwife Forum across QUB and Ireland."
"Communication is essential for both a midwife and a forum representative and is one of my strongest skills. Listening, extrapolating and reframing are key to communication. By virtue of my inherent skillset and previous experience in communications, I am skilled in collating and interpreting information from many sources and in disseminating information in impactful and attention-grabbing ways."
"I wanted to join the SMF because I am passionate about supporting students in their midwifery journey. I am involved in lots of things that support student midwives and I want to bring all of that experience to the role. I am here to represent you so please do not hesitate to contact me with any issues or concerns, as well as your positive feedback."
"I am really happy to have a seat on the SMF for Scotland, looking forward to becoming actively involved in representing our amazing student body. I will rise to the challenge this role brings, as I believe student representation is vital and continues into our professional careers as future midwives."
"I joined the RCM SMF as a second year student. Students are the next generation of midwives. I want to be a voice for them in the RCM. To ensure they have the necessary support, education and experience needed to provide exceptional care for women and their families."
"I am very passionate about providing the best possible care to women and families as well as making the most of my experience as a student midwife. I feel that it is also my role to encouraging and supporting other students. I would be able to use all my experiences gained to support the SMF. If I was elected to be a member of the RCM Student Midwife Forum would be an invaluable experience and I would be committed to attending all meetings and the RCM annual conference."
The dates for the meetings will be held on:
How does RCM Student Midwives Forum engage with Student members?
There are number of ways that you can get engaged with RCM's SMF and other Student Members:
- View updates from the SMF in the Student Ezine which is emailed to all RCM student members.
- Follow @RCM_SMF
- As a Student Member you will receive newsletters and can access free events delivered by the RCM
For further information about the RCM SMF, contact RCM Wales National Officer, Vicky Richards at: firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 0300 303 0444.