This week, we attended the Maternity, Midwifery and Baby conference in Earls Court to see what we could learn about the future of midwifery leadership. These professional development forums for midwives and student midwives are excellent for those wishing to update their skills and knowledge around key issues, including antenatal and postnatal care, labour and care of the newborn. We certainly enjoyed the plethora of interesting speakers.
What we took away from these sessions was the thread of cultural competence. A theme which seemed to link all of the presentations together as we listened throughout the day. Cultural competence in healthcare relates to the individual values, beliefs, and behaviors about health and well-being. These can be shaped by race, ethnicity, nationality, language, gender, socioeconomic status, physical and mental ability, sexual orientation, and occupation. Throughout the healthcare system, it is imperative that providers and organisations understand and integrate these factors into the delivery and structure of the health care system.
As our students deliver healthcare to a multicultural population, we ensure that through every step of the way, we are collaboratively planning a healthcare environment which ensures cultural competence at every level.
We wanted to thank Professor Irena Papadopoulos (@irena_pap), Professor of Transcultural Health and Nursing, Middlesex University London in particular for her insightful thoughts, which have enriched our learning process.
We were also celebrating one of our alumni, Sally Pezaro (@SallyPezaro) who was presenting her latest research at the conference. We look forward to being involved with many of her innovative research projects in future.
We look forward to new learning opportunities as we navigate through conference season this Spring!