Work to improve the care provided to new mums and babies in East Yorkshire received national acclaim yesterday.
Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust’s community midwives were one of a handful of teams to make it to the finals of the 2013 Nursing Times Awards last night, along with the Trust’s Occupational Health Team in light of its work to protect patients and staff from flu last year.
Despite narrowly missing out on awards for ‘Team of the Year’ and ‘Excellence in supporting staff health and well-being’ respectively, both teams are incredibly proud to have had their work recognised by their peers as some of the best in the country.
Carole Hunter, Head of Occupational Health says:
“It’s been a real achievement to have made it all the way to the finals of the Nursing Times Awards. It’s disappointing not to have won our category, but we hope recognition at this level will help to reassure people living across Hull and the East Riding that we take the protection of our patients and staff against flu incredibly seriously.
“Moreover, making it this far and having their efforts applauded in this way has served as a real morale boost for our occupational health nurses and our team of volunteer flu vaccinators.”
Community Midwife, Sallie Ward, was given the opportunity to meet Prince Charles at a special Clarence House reception yesterday in recognition of her team’s work to increase the time midwives spend with mums and babies. She says:
“When we set out to reorganise our community equipment stores, we had no idea we’d get this far. It’s great to have made it to the Nursing Times Awards finals, and the opportunity to share the improvements we’ve made with Prince Charles was incredible. Ultimately the most important thing, however, is that new mums and babies in East Yorkshire are benefitting from our work and are now getting extra support and advice at a truly magical time in their lives.”