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RCM names midwifery services of year for 2018 and appoints new honorary fellows

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Midwives and maternity support workers from Lanarkshire in Scotland and the East Midlands in England have been named as the “midwifery services the year” by the Royal College of Midwives.

On Tuesday, they were named as the joint winners of the Kellogg’s All- Bran Award for Midwifery Service of the Year at the RCM’s annual midwifery awards for 2018.

”I pledge to do all I can to continue to serve women, families and maternity care”

Rona McCandlish

The midwifery team from NHS Lanarkshire shared the stage at an event in London with midwives from University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust maternity services team.

The award recognises excellence in significant improvements and innovation, with judges looking for services showing a “real commitment to improving team work within multi-disciplinary teams”, said the RCM.

The judges said: “NHS Lanarkshire stood out to us as an example of a maternity team that have the last two years, responded to service user feedback. This has meant a very significant change and improvement in physical ward environments and working patterns for staff.

“It is a credit to the midwifery team that while these changes were underway the high quality service to women and families has continued and quality improvement work has continued rather than stalling,” they stated.

Regarding Coventry and Warwickshire, the judges said: “The RCM has observed and seen first hand strong midwifery leadership and commitment of the whole maternity team at UHCW.

“The midwives are determined to provide safe and high quality care and continuously improve services for local women and their families,” they said.

Meanwhile, a registered midwife and former top Department of Health official from Ealing received a national award from the college at the awards.

“I am delighted to accept this extraordinary, unexpected and greatly appreciated accolade”

David Foster

David Foster received a prestigious honorary fellowship from the RCM for his contribution to midwifery and maternity services.

Mr Foster was deputy chief nursing officer, head of a policy unit and midwifery advisor at the Department of Health for eight years. He retired in 2016. He trained in nursing at the Middlesex Hospital in London and in midwifery at Stirling and Falkirk Royal Infirmaries in Scotland.

He held a range of clinical, managerial and professional leadership posts in the NHS which culminated in his being director of nursing at Hammersmith Hospitals NHS Trust in London. He also gained a PhD in 1998 and is a visiting professor at three universities.

The RCM noted that throughout his career and at a national level Mr Foster was a “great supporter of midwives and midwifery”. He was committed to ensuring that midwifery “had a voice at the highest levels” and “championed the distinct role and position” that midwifery holds, said the college.

It credited his influence as central in ensuring that the supervision of midwives system, which stopped in 2016, was replaced with an alternative solution in all four UK countries.

“Without his intervention and contribution this key part of the midwifery profession, which makes an important contribution to the quality of care, would now be lost,” said the RCM.

Mr Foster said: “I am delighted to accept this extraordinary, unexpected and greatly appreciated accolade. It’s also a tribute to the skilled and distinguished midwives I have worked with to influence national policy and improve care for women and babies.”

RCM president Kathryn Gutteridge said: “David has been hugely influential in championing midwifery and the wider NHS. His influence and support have been critical in ensuring the midwifery voice was listened to.”

In addition, Professor Rona McCandlish was also named as an honorary fellow for her outstanding contribution to midwifery and maternity services.

She trained and qualified firstly as a general nurse she then went on to become a mental health nurse before qualifying as a midwife. Originally from Ayrshire now lives in Lewisham in London.

“I whole heartedly congratulate and thank Rona for her significant contribution to the RCM and midwifery”

Kathryn Gutteridge

Professor McCandlish has over 25 years’ experience of working at a national level in a range of leadership roles, including perinatal research, developing professional standards and national policy and service regulation.

She has been an epidemiologist in maternal health leading multidisciplinary teams and collaborative networks at the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit, was inaugural professor and head of midwifery at Southampton University, and a midwifery advisor at the Department of Health.

She has also worked as a national professional advisor-maternity at the Care Quality Commission and was “key” to the development of RCM Standards for Midwifery Services in the UK in 2016, said the college.

Commenting on her award, Professor McCandlish said: “This immense honour has come to me only because midwifery and being a member of the RCM has given me unimagined opportunities.

She added: “I am delighted to now be both an honorary fellow of the RCM and of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists – and pledge to do all I can to continue to serve women, families and maternity care as part of multi-disciplinary maternity teams.”

Ms Gutteridge said: “Rona’s background in healthcare strategy development in addition to her experience and knowledge in safety, quality and standards of maternity services is truly outstanding.

“I whole heartedly congratulate and thank Rona for her significant contribution to the RCM and midwifery as a whole,” she said.

Royal College of Midwives

RCM annual midwifery awards for 2018

Rona McCandlish and Kathryn Gutteridge

Full list of RCM’s 2018 award winners across all categories:

1/ JOHNSON’S® Excellence in Midwifery Education, Learning and Research Award

Won by Kristen Goodall from Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

2/ Slimming World Award for Partnership Working

Won by Debbie Rees-Pollard and Melissa Simpson from Doncaster & Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

3/ Policy into Practice Award

Won by Iona Duckett and Michelle Carter from NHS Tayside

4 / Maternity Support Worker of the Year Award

Won by Lucy-Jayne Downing from Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Royal College of Midwives

Lanarkshire and Coventry midwives named ‘midwifery services of year’

Lucy Downing with her manager Sally Armstrong and her award

5 / Reducing Inequalities Award

Won by Sally Roberts and Julie Morgan from Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board

6 / Sands Award for Bereavement Care

Won by Michelle Lynch from North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust

7/ JOHNSON’S® Award for Excellence in Maternity Care

Won by Mary Hannaway and Rhona Wilson from NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

8 / RCM Caring for You Award

Won by Alison Jones and Suzanne Hardacre from NHS Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

9 / Thompsons Members’ Champion Award

Joint winners are Keelie Barrett from East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust and Lisa Allan from NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde

10/ Pregnacare® Award for Student Midwife of the Year

Won by Gemma Ford from Sheffield Hallam University

Royal College of Midwives

Lanarkshire and Coventry midwives named ‘midwifery services of year’

Gemma Ford from Sheffield Hallam University named Pregnacare student midwife of the year

11/ Lansinoh Award for Team of the Year

Won by the Ruby Specialist Midwifery Team for Vulnerable Women from Barts Health NHS Trust

Royal College of Midwives

Lansinoh award for team of the year

Ruby Specialist Midwifery Team for Vulnerable Women

12/ Kellogg’s All-Bran Award for Midwifery Service of the Year

Won jointly by the midwifery services at NHS Lanarkshire and University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust

Royal College of Midwives

Lanarkshire and Coventry midwives named ‘midwifery services of year’

Pictured (l-r): RCM CEO Gill Walton, Matthew Perkins Kellogg’s All Bran, midwives from NHS Lanarkshire and University Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust and Charlotte Hawkins TV Presenter (Good Morning Britain)

13 / Emma’s Diary Mums’ Midwife of the Year Award

The overall national winner is midwife Sarah Spencer, from the University Hospital of Wales, who was nominated by mother Elouise King

 

RCM Honorary Fellowships

David Foster, Gail Johnson and Rona McCandlish

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