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The Royal College of Midwives Annual Conference 2011
15 Nov 2011
Valuing Midwives: Improving Outcomes. To be held at the Brighton Centre
This annual conference and exhibition is the essential event for all concerned with maternity services. It brings together midwives, maternity team staff, managers, educators, commissioners and policy formers for discussion, learning and shared solutions. In changing times, it is a unique forum to debate the challenges for the midwifery profession. This year's professional programme shared latest research, practice innovation and inspiration from the best in midwifery from the UK and beyond. Seminars, masterclasses, interactive workshops, a large open exhibition and opportunities to network added to the continuing professional development experience.
Programme

Day 1 - 15 Nov 2011

09:15
Pre-conference interview 2 Cathy Warwick General Secretary
09:45
Nina Hossain, Presenter, London Tonight, ITV
Chairs’ opening remarks

09:55
Liz Stephens, President, The Royal College of Midwives
Welcome

10:00
Professor Cathy Warwick CBE, General Secretary, The Royal College of Midwives
Opening address

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10:20
Yana Richens OBE, Consultant Midwife, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
History and rhetoric: the new public health

10:40
Anne Milton MP, Minister for Public Health
Ministerial address

11:00
Questions and discussion: Session 1
11:15
Refreshments, exhibition and networking
11:45
Session 2 - Concurrent streams: S1 Normal Birth
Chair: Mary Caddell, Regional Officer Northern Ireland, The Royal College of Midwives a. The RCM home birth audit Mervi Jokinen, Practice and Standards Development Advisor, The Royal College of Midwives Jane Munro, Quality and Audit Development Adviser, The Royal College of Midwives b. Mothers Involved in Research Agenda Setting- the MIRAS Project – Implications for ‘normal birth’ agenda Dr Christine McCourt, Professor of Maternal and Child Health, City University London c. Homebirth for the hesitant? Joanne Homer, Team Midwife, Stockport NHS Foundation Trust

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11:46
Session 2 - Concurrent stream 1: Normal Birth QANDA
12:45
Lunch, exhibition and networking
13:45
Sue Hogarth, Public Health Specialty Registrar, The Marmot Review Team, University College London
Narrowing the inequalities gap

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14:00
Mary Griffiths, Universal Projects Lead, Department of Health
Pregnancy, birth and beyond

14:15
Dr Mary Stewart, National Lead Research Midwife, Birthplace in England Research Programme; Senior Lecturer in Midwifery/Consultant Midwife, King’s College London
Mapping study

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14:30
Questions and discussion: Session 3
14:45
Management Masterclass - M2: Birth place
Chair: Pat Gould, Team Manager England, The Royal College of Midwives Dr Mary Stewart, National Lead Research Midwife, Birthplace in England Research Programme

15:45
Refreshments, exhibition and networking
16:15
THE BIG DEBATE: After birth - what next?
Professor Debra Bick, Professor of Evidence Based Midwifery Practice, King’s College London Anne Fox, Head of Corporate Communications, National Childbirth Trust Debby Gould, Lead Midwife, North Central London Sector

17:15
Close of day One

Day 2 - 16 Nov 2011

09:30
Nina Hossain, Presenter, London Tonight, ITV
Welcome from conference Chair

09:35
Dr Anna Dixon, Director of Policy, The King's Fund
Health policy and its impact on maternity care

09:50
Greg Parston, Chairman, Public Management Foundation
Comparison, experience and insights from around the world

10:05
Dr Judy Shakespeare, Royal College of General Practitioners' representative to the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists' Review of High Quality Women's Health Services
Commissioning and marketisation of maternity services

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10:20
Panel discussion: Session 6
Session speakers are joined by: Dr Amit Bhargava, General Practitioner; Chair, Crawley Commissioning Consortium

10:45
Rt Hon Andy Burnham MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Health
Ministerial Address

11:00
Rt Hon Andy Burnham MP Questions and discussion
11:05
Questions and discussion: Session 6
11:15
Refreshments, exhibition and networking
11:45
Masterclasses 5: Panel Debate: Is the future mutual?
Dr Ali Parsa, Group Chief Executive, Circle Bob Ricketts CBE, Director of Provider Policy, Department of Health Jon Skewes, Director of Employment Relations and Development, The Royal College of Midwives

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12:45
Lunch, exhibition and networking
13:45
Concurrent stream S16: Driving Public Health
Chair: Breedagh Hughes, Director RCM Northern Ireland a. The new public health Susan Biddle, Joint Head, Healthy Communities Programme, Local Government Group b. The public health role of the midwife: a review of systematic review evidence Dr Jenny McNeil, Lecturer in Midwifery Research, Queen's University Belfast c. Engaging and supporting fathers to promote breastfeeding Professor Valerie Hall, Professor of Midwifery, University of Brighton

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14:45
Refreshments, exhibition and networking
15:15
Sally Russell, Co-founder, Netmums
The customer experience

15:30
Mat Hunter, Chief Design Officer, The Design Council
Designing maternity services for mothers

15:45
Questions and discussion: Session 9
16:00
Frances Day-Stirk, Director, Learning Research and Practice Development, International Office, The Royal College of Midwives; President, International Confederation of Midwives
Why global midwifery matters

16:10
Professor Kyllike Christensson, Institute for Women and Children’s Health, Karolinska Institute Sweden
How the introduction of midwives into the the health systemn impacts on maternal and child health

16:25
Questions and discussion: Session 10
What's on now:
16:35
Liz Stephens, President, The Royal College of Midwives
Closing thanks

16:40
Close of Conference
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