The Royal College of Midwives
Emma has worked for the Royal College of Midwives since January 2009 as National Officer for Scotland. Her role involves individual and collective representation of midwives in employment, professional and regulatory matters across eight health boards in Scotland (Dumfries & Galloway, Ayrshire & Arran, Lanarkshire, Forth Valley, Greater Glasgow & Clyde, Western Isles, Orkney and Shetland).
She also develops, supports and advises RCM branch representatives and promotes the recruitment and retention of midwives. Additionally she participates in Health Board Area Partnership Forums, national staffside groups and various other initiatives relating to local and national partnership working in NHS Scotland and maternity services provision. In particular Emma leads on professional policy work around Gender Based Violence, Perinatal Mental Health, FGM, Parenting with Learning Disabilities, prevention of Stillbirth and Bereavement in maternity care; including being the chair of the national Maternity Bereavement group on behalf of SG.
Emma holds an MSc in Health Studies (Maternal and Child Health) which enabled her to undertake her research project (dissertation) on, exploring the impact of an adverse clinical incident and its associated processes on midwifery practice.
She commenced her midwifery training in 1995 in Lothian completing her BSc in Midwifery with Health Studies. She has worked in a variety of roles within clinical midwifery as a rotational midwife and as a community midwife, where she worked within a pilot scheme of integrated community and intrapartum midwifery care before focusing on midwife-led community midwifery. She became an RCM Steward, a volunteer post, in 2007 before working for the RCM full time.
She is passionate about representing midwives and the profession in order to support and promote the role of the midwife locally and nationally to achieve the best possible experience for midwives, mothers and their families.