Being Open for Community Midwives: Communicating well with patients and families about adverse events

08 Nov 10:00 - 12:00 Online attendance Free

An interactive online workshop for Community Midwives who have taken up the key review contact role. Participants will work in a small peer group using role play and interactive sessions to address communication challenges when supporting families and staff when an adverse event happens and through the subsequent review process

Topics at the workshops for will include:

  • Difficult conversations
  • Significant Adverse event process
  • Importance of language and suggestions about helpful approaches
  • Being open about adverse events
  • Effective escalation and professional communication
  • Handling anger and emotional distress
  • Giving information and support to people who have been involved in an adverse event

Learning Outcomes

In this advanced clinical communication workshop participants will:

  • review their current practice in communicating with patients and their relatives,
  • identify personal learning objectives and develop strategies for addressing these within a supported peer learning group
  • critique and apply relevant literature/ theory on effective communication
  • evaluate and respond to patient/relative perspectives
  • identify ways of increasing communication effectiveness
  • exchange ideas and experiences with colleagues



Being Open for Community Midwives: Communicating well with patients and families about adverse events

Date: 08 Nov
Time: 10:00 - 12:00

Tutor team

Evelyn Rodger

EC4H Senior Nurse Tutor

Evelyn Rodger is a Diana Children’s Nurse for Children’s Hospices Across Scotland (CHAS) and is based in the neonatal Unit in Simpsons in Edinburgh Royal Infirmary. Evelyn did the EC4H training in 2016 and supports and delivers training for NHS Lothian and CHAS staff.

Dr Fiona Dennison

EC4H Tutor

Dr Fiona Dennison is a Consultant Obstetrician with a special interest in maternal and fetal medicine at Ayrshire Maternity unit, Crosshouse Hospital. She also has an interest in teaching, receiving a Certificate of Postgraduate Medical Education in 2014 and completed EC4H communication tutor training in 2019. GMC: 6099824

Dr Marisa Forte

EC4H Tutor

Dr Marisa Forte is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist in Perinatal Mental Health and the Clinical Lead for the Maternity and Neonatal Psychological Interventions Service in NHS Ayrshire and Arran. Dr Forte provides teaching on the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology Programme at the University of Glasgow. She trained as an EC4H tutor in 2019