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Greenwich celebrates second student midwife accolade

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Greenwich University midwifery undergraduate Claire Axcell has won a prestigious national award, marking the second year in a row the education provider has taken home the trophy.

She has been named Student Midwife of the Year by the British Journal of Midwifery at its annual awards, which recognise outstanding commitment, efforts and achievements in the profession.#

“I aim to do anything I can, however small, to help make a difference to someone’s life”

Claire Axcell

Fellow University of Greenwich student, Heidi Stone, won the same award last year.

Ms Axcell, who is in the second year of her Midwifery BSc degree, was formerly a police officer, but said she was inspired to change profession after becoming a mother herself.

It was the outstanding care and support she received herself after the birth of her first child that rekindled her childhood dream of becoming a midwife herself, she said.

“I was so impressed by the support I was shown, and so from day one of my training I’ve tried to pass this on – to treat others as I would like to be treated myself,” she said.

University of Greenwich

Greenwich celebrates second student midwife accolade

Claire Axcell

“I’ve really immersed myself in this profession and I aim to do anything I can, however small, to help make a difference to someone’s life,” added Axcell, who is currently completing her clinical practice at Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust.

Vikki Coleman, the trust’s midwifery practice-based clinical facilitator, nominated her for the award.

“She will become a fabulous midwife and it is a privilege to be able to observe her journey towards this,” she said.

“Claire has shown dedication in expanding her own knowledge, sharing it with others, and been a fantastic advocate for the university and the hospital,” she added.

The nomination was also supported by Mandy Stevenson, midwifery programme leader, and Liz Gale, midwifery lecturer – both from Greenwich University’s faculty of education and health.

British Journal of Midwifery Practice Awards 2017: Winners

Midwife or Peer Supporter in Improving Breastfeeding

  • Winner: Michelle Robson, Goodwin Breastfeeding Peer Support Service

Innovation in Practice

  • Winner: Community Midwifery team, The National Maternity Hospital

Student Midwife of the Year

  • Winner: Claire Axcell, University of Greenwich

Contribution of a Non-Midwife to Midwifery Practice

  • Winner: Trish Leyland, Chorley Birth Centre

Midwife of the Year

  • Winner: Kathryn Gutteridge, Sandwell & West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust

Contribution to Supporting Pregnant Women who have experienced FGM

  • Winner: Vanessa Lodge, NHS England and Astrid Fairclough, Department of Health

Contribution to Midwifery Education

  • Winner: Gillian Morrow and Kathy McCandless Belfast Health and Social Care Trust Maternity Service

Charity Providing Support to Women and Families award

  • Winner: 4Louis Bob McGurrell and Tracey McGurrell, Trustee

Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Winner: Cathy Warwick CBE
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