Midwives at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust in London have been named team of the year at a national awards ceremony.
They received the award from the Royal College of Midwives for their work on improving the experience for pregnant women at their unit and for promoting choice and continuity of care.
Midwives Elizabeth Noonan and Hannah Jones (pictured above), who work at St Mary’s Hospital with vulnerable women, won the team of the year award.
Many of the women they work with are from traveller, refugee and asylum seeker communities. The midwives are key coordinators of care for all women and liaise with obstetricians, doctors, health visitors, social workers and other agencies.
The judges said: “This is an inspirational model of midwifery care, which demonstrates choice and one-to-one care throughout the whole maternity pathway for a group of vulnerable women – a well-deserved winner.”
Ms Jones said: “It’s fantastic for our team to be recognised by the RCM in this way. It’s the best job in the world and very rewarding.”
The award was presented at the RCM’s annual midwifery awards at a ceremony on 23 January at The Brewery in London.
Meanwhile, midwifery student Paulina Ewa Sporek became the first student midwife to win one of the main RCM awards in its 14 year history. She won the public health award for her “Deaf Nest” initiative to support deaf pregnant women and their partners.
Among other winning entries were improved child rearing and parenting services in the Scottish Borders, and enhanced services for bereaved parents of stillborn babies in Wales.
Three units across Northern Ireland, Scotland and England jointly won the maternity service of the year award. The Downpatrick Community Maternity Services, NHS Forth Valley and East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust were awarded the maternity service of the year award.
The judges said they were highly impressed with how all three units had responded to the “challenges of reconfiguration”.
A midwife from West Sussex was crowned “mum’s midwife of the year”, the only award voted for by mothers themselves.
Caroline Burton, from Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust, won the award for the outstanding care given to Louise Whitmore and her family during the birth of their stillborn daughter and later, a healthy baby boy.
RCM chief executive Cathy Warwick said: “Every year I am amazed at the quality and breadth of the work being done by midwives, maternity support workers and the wider maternity team to improve the care that women, babies and their families receive.
“All the entrants to these awards are deserving of praise and attention and I thank not just the winners but all for their efforts, their hard work and their dedication.”
The award winners in full are:
- Pregnacare Award for Excellence in Maternity Care – Won by Elaine Moore and Mary Garven from NHS Ayrshire and Arran for their Vulnerable Families Maternity Team project
- JOHNSON’S Baby Award for Evidence into Practice – Won by Lucy Johnson from The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust for her Mom2Mom breastfeeding support project
- RCM i-learn Maternity Support Worker Award – Won by Anne Allen and Julie Middlehurst Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust for the project supporting vulnerable pregnant women
- NMSF Award for Bereavement Care – Won by Heulwen Harden and Stephanie Williams from Hywel Dda Health Board for their Loved and Lost Babies or Yellow Balloons project to support bereaved parents
- RCM Partnership Working Award – Won by Rebecca Wade and Linda Davidson from NHS Borders in collaboration with the Scottish Borders Council for their Early Years Assessment Team project to encourage and support parenting skills
- Philips Avent Award for Innovation in Midwifery – Won by Sheona Brown and Dorothy Finlay from Greater Glasgow and Clyde developed for their Maternity Telehealth project developed for NHS 24
- Evidence Based Midwifery Journal Award for Promoting Normality – Won by Kim Sheppard and Anne Lilley from Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals NHS Trust for their project promoting normal childbirth and reduction of the caesarean section rate
- Slimming World Award for Public Health – Won by midwifery student Paulina Ewa Sporek from the University of Salford for her project on Improving childbirth and pregnancy experience for Deaf couples
- Pampers Student Travel Awards – Won by Lisa Cecere from South Bank University who will use the award to travel to a remote area in Peru to gain an insight into maternity care and practice
- Lansinoh Team of the Year – Won by Elizabeth Noonan and Hannah Jones from Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust for their Caseload Midwifery Team for Vulnerable Women
- Thompson’s Members’ Champion Award – Won by Jillian Ireland and Sara Fripps from the RCM Poole Branch at Poole Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
- Midwives Magazine Mentor of the Year Award – Won by Emma Cook from Poole Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and nominated by Becky Fry, from Bournemouth University for Emma’s support and advice as a midwifery mentor
- Mothercare Maternity Service of the Year Award – Divided among three Equal Winners, Downpatrick Community Maternity Services, NHS Forth Valley and East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust.
- President’s Award for Midwifery Supervision – Won by the midwifery supervisor team of Jean Watson, Madge Russell, Pauline Creaney, Liz Walker and Michelle Walsh at NHS Lanarkshire
- JOHNSON’S Baby Mums’ Midwife of the Year Award – The Overall Winner is Caroline Burton from Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust
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