The calibre of our UK volunteer midwives is exceptional. To work with the Ugandan Nursing and Midwifery Council on developing a national standard for midwifery mentorship comes Eliz Bannon from Northern Ireland; Eliz is recently retired, giving her an opportunity to do something different. She has worked for the Nursing and Midwifery Council in the UK and has held many other senior health service roles in addition to close links with the RCM and we are so lucky to have her associated with our programme. Another MOMENTUM workstream is the development of a work-based learning CPD module to train midwives as mentors. Again we have two exceptional UK midwives to lead on this; Hilary Patrick, a Lead Midwife for Education in Scotland with loads of curriculum planning experience and a previous placement in Nepal with our Global Midwifery Twinning Project in 2014; also Aine Alam, a midwife and teacher from Kent who is currently completing her PhD in work-based learning and has recently published a book on midwifery education aimed at low-resource settings. Aine has undertaken 2 previous placements in Uganda with the RCM, helping to develop a Midwifery Masters Programme, and is also an RCM Union Learning Rep.
Due to lack of flight availability I've had an additional two days in Uganda before everyone else arrives. It's enabled me to rest and prepare my mind for the next two weeks, to stay with my school friend Deborah in her spacious and peaceful home on the outskirts of Kampala, and to catch up with e mails. I hope to blog again as this trip continues; meanwhile, thanks again to my husband Stephen and daughter Hannah for releasing me so generously, to all who offer lifts, meals and dog-walking whilst I'm away, and for all who support this work in so many other ways.
|A game of Banangrams with Deborah last night - thanks to my friend Manda for the Christmas Present!|