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Midwifery Team shortlisted for prestigious national award

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A team of midwives from East Yorkshire could be in line to scoop one of their profession’s top accolades.

Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals Trust’s Supervisory Team has been shortlisted for The President’s Award for Supervisors of Midwives by the Royal College of Midwives (RCM).

The Supervisory Team is now one of three which will vie for the title based on its work to engage people in discussion around local maternity services, to improve the quality of care provided, and to support the training and ongoing development of midwifery staff.

Janet Cairns, Head of Midwifery for the Trust says:

“We are proud to have a really committed and ambitious team of Supervisors of Midwives and this is reflected in the professional recognition their work is gaining.

“Over the past two years, they have worked tirelessly to engage local women and their families in discussion about the future of maternity services and midwife-led care in particular, with a view to improving the quality of care on offer. As well as holding events specifically for users of the service, the team has also coordinated a ‘Maternity Services Listening Club’ which involved pregnant women and new mums getting together with midwives, commissioners and health educators to discuss their experiences and share what they feel we could collectively do better.”

The team recognises the importance of involving women who have used local maternity services in their future development, and this is one of the main reasons why the service chose to become an early adopter for the NHS Friends and Family Test within maternity care earlier this year.

Another project featured in the RCM award submission is a special training DVD which features a range of real-life situations new midwives could be faced with and which is designed to promote discussion and problem-solving. The ‘Edge of Reason’ DVD was produced through the Supervisory Team using prize money awarded at the 2012 Local Supervising Authority Good Practice Awards, and now has the potential for further roll-out to help other Trusts and include more scenarios.

Janet continues:

“To have been shortlisted for one of the top awards within our profession is very exciting and is a real reflection of how hard our midwives are working to improve the care they give local women, right throughout their pregnancies and beyond.”

The team will find out whether they’ve been victorious at the RCM Midwifery Awards in London on 22nd January 2014.

 

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