About this event

  • Date and time Thu 16 May 2019 from 9:00am to 3:30pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Maternity and the Newborn

This event explores what has been achieved and the challenges faced in the maternity transformation programme since the publication of the Better Births report in 2016.

Key speakers will address why it is important maternity care professionals continue to learn and support the improvement of maternity services through Better Births learnings. 

Better Births background

In 2015, Chief Executive of NHS England announced a major review of maternity services as part of the NHS Five Year Forward View. 

Baroness Julia Cumberlege (a key speaker) led on this review as an independent expert and drawing on wide-ranging evidence and in consultation with women and their families, and a wide range of stakeholders including NHS staff. The review published its findings in the “Better Births” report in 2016. 

The Better Births report has a clear vision: For maternity services to become safer, more personalised, kinder, professional, and more family friendly. 

Topics include:

  • Experiences and outputs from early adopters of Better Births 
  • Personalising care: models; perspectives of multi-professionals, women and families  
  • Pre-emptive strategies to optimise health and wellbeing 


Basil Lee Bursary for Innovation in Communication  

£500 and a year’s free RSM membership for students or money deducted from the membership fee for trainees and other professionals 

Submission deadline: Sunday 14 April 2019 

Open to: Students, trainees and other professionals who specialise in maternity and/or surrounding disciplines who are registered in the UK. Please note those who work for commercial operations will not be eligible for the bursary.  

Application guidelines 

This bursary is to enable the applicant to develop their new media skills which relate to the subject of maternity care or care of the newborn.  

Entrants will need to submit the following: 

  • A description of the innovative way they have communicated/plan to communicate to mothers and fathers on a topic in the field of maternity care and how they will further develop this or their skills with the bursary money 
  • A summary of how the bursary will be spent  
  • An up-to-date CV  

Entries can take a variety of forms such as a short video, an app, pictures, animations or people telling their stories to communicate the topic. 

The winner will be invited to present at a Maternity & the Newborn Forum meeting. 

Apply here


Standard Rates pricing available until 15 May 2019.


RSM Fellow RSM Trainee RSM Retired Fellow RSM Associate RSM Sixth Form Student
£110.00 £85.00 £85.00 £60.00 £45.00

Non - Member

Consultant / GP Trainee AHP / Nurse / Midwife Student
£183.00 £142.00 £90.00 £75.00

Key speakers

Baroness Julia Cumberlege

Baroness Julia Cumberlege, CBE DL

Independent Chair, National Maternity Review 

Speaker's biography

Baroness Julia Cumberlege CBE DL was appointed a Junior Health Minister in 1992 and for five years she covered all Health and Social Services matters in the House of Lords. She has been commissioned by two Governments to produce two national reports: “Neighbourhood Nursing – a Focus for Care” and “Changing Childbirth”.


At the invitation of the Royal College of Physicians, Julia has chaired two working parties. The first report “Doctors in Society” was published in December 2005. The second, “Future Physician, Changing Doctors in Changing Times”, was published in May 2010. She conducted a review of maternity services for NHS England in 2015.


Better Births, the report of the review, recommended that all women should have the choice to give birth where they want, with the support of the same midwife throughout pregnancy, labour and the early weeks of motherhood. 


View the programme

Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introduction

Ms Nina Khazaezadeh, Consultant Midwife in Public Health and President, Maternity & Newborn Forum, Royal society of Medicine

National ambition for transforming maternity care

Baroness Cumberlege, Independent Chair, National Maternity Review

Better Births: Overview

Better births

Kate Brintworth, RCM Lead for Maternity Transformation Programme

Tea and coffee break


Transforming perceptions of midwifery

Claire Mathews, Deputy Head of Maternity, NHS England

Personalising care

Lisa Ramsey, Service User Voice Policy Manager, Maternity Transformation Programme, NHS England 

Continuity of care

Claire Mathews, Deputy Head of Maternity, NHS England

Lunch and Section Annual General Meeting


Presentation of the Basil Lee new media bursary
Organisational change

Carmel McCalmont, Director of Midwifery, Birmingham and Solihull Local Maternity System and Sarah Noble Head of Midwifery, South Warwickshire NHS Trust

NHS care culture

Dr Juliet Rayment, Honorary Research Fellow, Centre for Maternal and Child Health Research City, University of London

Facilitating the implementation of change

Dr Abigail Easter, Senior Research Fellow in Implementation Science, King's College London

Concluding remarks by Baroness Cumberlege


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