About this event

  • Date and time Wed 27 May 2020 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Maternity and the Newborn Forum

The COVID-19 crisis has placed unprecedented demands on maternity services across the UK. This free webinar will provide support to maternity leaders and clinicians. Key speakers will examine the main issues for maternity care workers during the pandemic. 

Please submit your questions ahead of the webinar to maternity@rsm.ac.uk 

This webinar will consist of four presentations from speakers, followed by ample time for the question and answer session. 

Webinar topics include:

  • The impact of social determinants of health in the current pandemic 
  • Knowledge on current treatment and support for pregnant women
  • What the Royal College of Midwives is doing to support midwifery leaders to provide safe environment and care for women and midwives 
  • A  women’s perspective in the current pandemic and how best to support them

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Disclaimer: All views expressed in this webinar are of the speakers themselves and not of the RSM.


The Royal Society of Medicine needs your support 

The RSM is offering this webinar at no charge to delegates, in order to help healthcare professionals to easily access COVID-19 related education material & resources during the pandemic. However, we are asking people to support the RSM in these unprecedented times. Now more than ever, as a charity we need your help to continue our work and mission in advancing healthcare through innovation and education. Please consider  making a donation  for  joining  this webinar. Thank you for your generosity. 


Registration for this webinar will close 2 hours prior to the start time. You will receive the webinar link 2 hours before the meeting. Late registrations will not be accepted.


This webinar will be recorded and stored by the Royal Society of Medicine and may be  distributed  in future on various internet channels. 

Key speakers

Gill Walton

Gill Walton

Chief Executive and General Secretary of the Royal College of Midwives (RCM), UK

Speaker's biography

Gill Walton is Chief Executive and General Secretary of the Royal College of Midwives (RCM), one of the world’s oldest and largest midwifery organisations, representing the majority of the UK’s midwives. Gill is a passionate midwife, experienced midwifery leader and NHS manager. She started nursing at University College Hospital, and then undertook Midwifery training at the Princess Anne Hospital in Southampton. She has held Director of Midwifery posts at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading, Barking, Havering and Redbridge, John Radcliffe in Oxford and more recently at Portsmouth Hospitals.


Keep in touch with Gill by following her on Twitter @GillWaltonRCM.

Professor Eugene Oteng-Ntim  

Consultant Obstetrician, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, and Professor of Obstetrics, King’s College London

Speaker's biography

Professor Eugene Oteng-Ntim is a consultant Obstetrician at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and Honorary Professor of Obstetrics at King’s College London.  He trained at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Medical School now part of King’s College Medical School. Among many prestigious teaching hospitals he has worked in including Chelsea and Westminster and Queen Charlotte, he was finally appointed as a Consultant Obstetrician in 2004. He has been awarded numerous grants and published over 70 peer review papers including in Lancet and BMJ and also holds honorary position at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine linked to department of Population Health. He has strong interest in addressing inequality in Health as well as in Academia.

Anita Banerjee (1)

Anita Banerjee

Obstetric Physician, Diabetes and Endocrinology Consultant and Women’s Heath Simulation Lead 

Speaker's biography

Anita Banerjee is an Obstetric Physician and Acute Physician at Guys and St Thomas' Hospital. Anita trained as an endocrinologist and diabetologist and obstetric physician. Her main interests are in maternal health and medical education. She is a committee member for UKOSS, maternal critical care subgroup and a MBRRACE chapter writer and assessor. She is a member of the London Maternity Clinical Leadership Group and Clinical network member for Maternal Mortality and Morbidity. She is a national and international leader in interdisciplinary maternal medicine education and simulation. She has lead on developing the enhanced medical problems in pregnancy section of the new mMOET course for 2021

Agnes Agyepong

Agnes Agyepong

Chair, St Thomas Hospitals Maternity Voices Partnership Committee, UK

Speaker's biography

Agnes Agyepong is a Chair of St Thomas Hospitals Maternity Voices Partnership Committee. As a mother of three herself, she is driven by a strong desire to improve the lives and wellbeing of children, pregnant women and new mums. With a Masters degree in International Relations from Queen Mary's University London, she is passionate about developing better intercultural awareness and communication within maternity care. Agnes is also a school Governor, with a particular focus on early years education and development, and the founder of the GLOMAMA Awards, a prestigious annual awards that helps to improve maternal mental health and highlights and celebrates the achievements of mums on social media.


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Welcome and introduction

Nina Khazaezadeh, President, Maternity and Newborn Forum, Royal Society of Medicine and Consultant Midwife, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust


Royal college of Midwives response to the Covid-19 pandemic

Gill Walton, Chief Executive, Royal College of Midwives

Ethnic and social disparity and COVID-19 in pregnant women: From politics to policy

Professor Eugene Oteng-Ntim, Consultant Obstetrician, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust and Professor of Obstetrics, King’s College London

Covid-19 in pregnancy: The journey through the lens of a physician

Anita Banerjee, Obstetric, Diabetes and Endocrinology, Consultant, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

Women’s perspective: Pregnant and giving birth during the pandemic

Agnes Agyepong, Co-chair, St Thomas Hospitals/Lambeth Maternity Voices Partnership

Question and answers sessions
End of meeting



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