About this event

  • Date and time Tue 5 Mar 2019 from 8:45am to 4:50pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Maternity and the Newborn Forum

Maternity services in the UK and across the globe are continuously transforming in order to improve care and outcomes for expectant parents and their babies.

Healthcare professionals are working in a complex system that is often stressed with resources stretched to the maximum. Despite these challenges there are opportunities to combine traditional values of compassionate care with innovative, evidence based practices, and enhanced learning using advanced digital technology to provide safe, effective and high quality care.  

This event provides a unique opportunity to hear experienced experts and leaders in midwifery at a national and international level, and share their knowledge and views on the future landscape of the midwifery profession. 

Come and hear the significant contributions midwives can make by learning from proven practice, gain knowledge and understand the specialist role, future landscape of standards, and how to innovate.

This event has been organised in collaboration with the chair of Consultant Midwives UK Forum.

Topics include:

  • Learn from a range of prominent midwifery leaders eg. professionals, consultant midwives and researchers on how to change practice 
  • Develop leadership skills and confidence to influence change by pushing boundaries 
  • Embedding a work place culture of embracing evidence based practice 
  • Understand the future direction of midwifery standards for training and development

Key speakers

Mary Renfrew

Professor Mary Renfrew

Professor of Mother and Infant Health at the University of Dundee.

Speaker's biography

Professor Renfrew was awarded inaugural Senior Investigator status with the National Institute for Health Research in 2008, and she was Principal Investigator for the groundbreaking global Lancet Series on Midwifery (2011-2016). Her work has informed and helped to shape public health policy and midwifery practice nationally and internationally.

Jane Sandall

Professor Jane Sandall

Professor of Social Science and Women's Health.

Speaker's biography

Professor Sandall is an NIHR senior investigator and Cochrane author. Among her many roles, she is the deputy Chair of the Royal College of Midwives Board, Associate Editor of Midwifery: an International Journal and she sits on the NHS England-London Strategic Clinical Network for Maternity.

Jacqueline Dunkley

Professor Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent OBE

Professor of Midwifery, Head of Maternity, Children and Young People at NHS England and National Maternity Safety Champion for the Department of Health.

Speaker's biography

Professor Dunkley-Bent visiting Professor of Midwifery at Kings College London and London South Bank University. Her experience has led to her leading and influencing national maternity standards and guidance. Professor Dunkley-Bent influences healthcare, nationally and internationally through research, education and publications.

Kathryn Gutteridge

Consultant Midwife and Clinical Lead for Low Risk Women at Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust.

Speaker's biography

Kathryn Gutteridge founded Sanctum Midwives; an organisation that educates, represents and challenges stigma around sexual abuse and its impact during motherhood.

Later, Kathryn led and promoted the ‘Your Birth in our Home’ project at Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust, opening the Serenity Birth Co-located Centre and Halcyon Stand-Alone Birth Centre.  These services have transformed the pathway for Low Risk women in the area and are changing the face of midwifery care for women in this region.


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Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introduction

Nina Khazaezadeh, President, Maternity & Newborn Forum, Royal Society of Medicine

Wendy Savage travel bursary winner presentation

Winner of the Wendy Savage Travel Bursary is Dr Sally Pezaro 

Midwifery Leadership

A personal journey from midwife, consultant role to president of the Royal College of Midwives

Kathryn Gutteridge, Consultant Midwife and Clinical Lead for Low Risk Women, Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust

Perspective on developing future midwifery workforce

Dr Mary Ross-Davies, RCM Scotland, Royal College of Midwives

Leadership and how to influence national policy

Professor Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent, Head of Maternity, Children and Young People, NHS England and National Maternity Safety Champion, Department of Health

Tea and coffee break
Future midwifery standards

Professor Mary Renfrew, Professor of Mother and Infant Health, University of Dundee

Implementing evidence into practice

Professor Jane Sandall, Professor of Social Science and Women's Health, National Institute for Health Research Senior Investigator, Lead Maternal Health Systems and Implementation Research Group
Lead maternity and Women’s Health Theme NIHR CLAHRC South London and
Academic Leader, King’s Centre for Implementation Science

Panel discussion

Research evidence into practice

Nina Khazaezadeh

Clinical research opportunities within the National Institute for Health Research for aspiring researchers and clinical academic

Clare Meachin, Deputy Chief Operating Officer, CRN South London and Associate Director of Nursing, National Institute for Health Research

Consultant midwife career path

Jill Demilew, Consultant Midwife, Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Supporting women’s choices

Julie Frohlich, Consultant Midwife, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

Research focus

Annette Briley, Consultant Midwife and Clinical Trials Manager, King's College London

Tea and coffee break
Continuity of carer in labour

Georgina Sosa, Specialist Midwife, University of East Anglia

Intermittent auscultation in labour

Wendy Randall, Consultant Midwife, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Christine Harding, Consultant Midwife, Oxford

Panel discussion
Concluding remarks
Close of meeting


Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom

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