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New RCM president praised for social media work

A social media enthusiast has been elected as the new president of the Royal College of Midwives (RCM)

Prof Lesley Page will take over from out-going President Liz Stephens on 2nd April 2012.

Her appointment comes as the RCM's campaign for 5,000 more midwives gets underway.

Despite the staff shortages, Prof Page insisted “there could not be a better time to be RCM president”.

In her new role, Prof Page will seek to simplify maternity care to lessen the pressures on “overstretched” staff, ensure midwives have a “genuine choice” over where they want to practice and increase the promotion of home births.

“I am a midwife's midwife and know that in order to support women and their families midwives themselves need to be supported and nurtured,” she said.

“I have also been a supervisor of midwives and expert witness, so I can understand and empathise with the most difficult situations that midwives may face on the frontline when things go wrong.”

RCM Chief Executive Cathy Warwick credited Prof Page campaign win with her use of social media, such as Facebook and LinkedIn, in which she "engaged and connected" with members.

Prof Page has over 37 years midwifery experience in the NHS, practising in the community, hospital and home birth settings.

She is also a visiting professor at King's College London, the University of Technology Sydney and the University of Sydney. 

Question: How comfortable are you using social media to connect and engage with nursing and midwifery leaders?