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13 March, 2018

A student midwife from Sheffield Hallam University has been named Pregnacare® Student Midwife of the Year at the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) Annual Midwifery Awards 2018.

Gemma Ford was presented with her award at a prestigious ceremony in London on March 6th by Good Morning Britain presenter Charlotte Hawkins.

The Pregnacare® student midwife of the year award recognises an individual student midwife who makes an outstanding contribution to their future profession. This accolade is awarded to a student midwife who acts as an advocate for midwifery role model to other students.

Throughout her time at Sheffield Hallam University Gemma has been an ambassador for midwifery education and inspired and supported many students returning to university as well as first time entrants to midwifery courses. Gemma is also president of the current student midwifery society and earlier this year has devised and held collaborative learning events with medical students from other local universities to improve multi-disciplinary learning and training between midwives, obstetricians and gynaecologists.

9 March, 2018

Following media reports today about a possible pay deal for NHS staff.

Commenting on this, Jon Skewes, Director for Employment Relations and Communications at the Royal College of Midwives, said “The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) and other health unions are in these pay negotiations, and working hard to get a good deal for our members and for our NHS.
 

9 March, 2018

A midwife from North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust in London has won a prestigious award for her bereavement care service.

The Snowdrop Service run by bereavement Michelle Lynch and other healthcare professionals from the Trust and was established two years ago. The bereavement care service was developed in close collaboration with bereaved parents and clinical staff, to provide a comprehensive and compassionate clinical service supporting families through childbearing bereavement and any subsequent pregnancies.

Midwife Michelle Lynch was presented with her award by Good Morning Britain news presenter Charlotte Hawkins at a glittering awards ceremony held at The Brewery in London earlier this week (Tuesday March 6th).

The Sands Award for Bereavement Care is awarded to midwives, MSWs and maternity teams who have demonstrated a strong commitment to delivering excellent bereavement care and to those who have developed initiatives to improve bereavement care and over the past two years The Snowdrop Service has done this.

This service now offers mothers and families a postnatal appointment at home if preferred, they also run a fetal clinic supporting families with lethal pre-natal diagnoses and care-planning for meeting their baby, support 'surgeries' and monthly support coffee mornings for EPAU patients.

9 March, 2018

Midwives from a specialist team at Whipps Cross University Hospital in London are celebrating having been named the ‘Lansinoh maternity team of the year’ at the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) Annual Midwifery Awards 2018.

The Ruby Specialist team provide bespoke services for some of the most vulnerable pregnant women across the boroughs of Waltham Forest and Redbridge in London.

The winning maternity team where presented with their accolade by Good Morning Britain presenter Charlotte Hawkins at an awards ceremony held in London earlier this week (Tuesday March 6th).

The maternity team caseloads vulnerable pregnant women booked for maternity care at Whipps Cross University Hospital and aims to empower and support women throughout their maternity journey and into parenthood. They also liaise with other multi agency professionals to ensure that families are supported and have positive outcomes.

Pregnant women can also directly ‘self-refer’ themselves to this service and the model of care used by the Ruby Specialist team has shown to be effective in reducing cases escalating to legal interventions by children’s social care.

The Ruby team have made a positive impact in the community where women who have received specialist care and support during their pregnancy now refer and recommend family members and friends to the service who need it.

8 March, 2018

Sarah Spencer, a midwife from the University Hospital of Wales, has been awarded the Emma’s Diary Mums’ Midwife of the Year 2018. Sarah was nominated by mum Elouise King for the amazing support she provided during Elouise’s surrogacy journey. The prestigious award is one of the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) Annual Midwifery Awards, recognising the incredible work done by exceptional midwives across the country.

In 2013 Elouise fell pregnant naturally but following an early miscarriage, she underwent a D&C procedure which sadly resulted in her suffering Asherman Syndrome (scarring of the cervix and uterus). After years of heartache, including seven failed attempts at IVF, Elouise and her husband Paul finally found an amazing friend, Jen, willing to be a surrogate. Thankfully Jen fell pregnant and went on to deliver beautiful twin boys, Jude and Joshua in June 2017.

With Elouise and Paul living in Birmingham and Jen and her family living in Barry, Wales, it meant every scan, every midwife appointment and every visit to fetal medicine was miles away, reinforcing the physical separation and administrative hurdles to overcome. Elouise was also understandably anxious about how surrogacy would impact their treatment and the care afforded to their surrogate. Whether they would feel like “parents”, be treated like “parents” and how the hospital would accommodate their family. They needn’t have worried, as their midwife, Sarah, put their minds at ease instantly, spending time with them to understand their relationship, their needs, their fears and their expectations. She kept in touch for months via email and met them twice prior to delivery, even giving them a tour of the hospital.

Elouise, who nominated Sarah for the award, explains: “Sarah worked tirelessly to make sure everyone knew who we were, making treatment and transition between wards seamless. When one of our boys was taken to neo-natal, she made sure we saw him without delay. Sarah arranged for us to have a separate room so that we could spend valuable time alone as a new family. She made sure our surrogate was able to recuperate in a different room in the emotional hours after labour, being sensitive to ensure she wasn’t housed on an open maternity ward next to new mums. She also ensured family members did not miss out in visiting us during this special time. Sarah truly is our fairy Godmother ensuring our surrogacy experience was a wonderful one.”

8 March, 2018

A project in Scotland to keep mothers and their poorly babies together after birth, and a service to improve maternity care for teenagers and young women with complex social problems in Wales, are some of the initiatives from winners of the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) Annual Midwifery Awards in London this week.| The awards were presented at a ceremony in London on Tuesday, 6th March across thirteen categories

8 March, 2018

A maternity support worker from East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust has won one of the UK’s top midwifery prizes this week at the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) Annual Awards.

Keelie Barrett is a joint winner of the RCM Members’ Champion Award sponsored by Thompsons Solicitors, for her work as a RCM Union health and safety representative (ULR) at the trust.

8 March, 2018

A project in Scotland to keep mothers and their poorly babies together after birth, and a service to improve maternity care for teenagers and young women with complex social problems in Wales, are some of the initiatives from winners of the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) Annual Midwifery Awards in London this week. The awards were presented at a ceremony in London on Tuesday, 6th March across thirteen categories

8 March, 2018

A midwife from March in Cambridgeshire has received a national award from the Royal College of Midwives (RCM). Gail Johnson works as an Education Advisor at the RCM and this week received a prestigious Honorary Fellowship from the RCM for her contribution to midwifery and maternity services.

7 March, 2018

Rona McCandlish a native of Ayrshire in Scotland has received a national award from the Royal College of Midwives (RCM), for her contribution to midwifery and UK maternity services.

The RCM’s Register of Honorary Fellows is for people who make an outstanding contribution, or give outstanding service, to midwifery, maternity services, services for women and their families or to the RCM.

Rona resided in Scotland up until 1986 where she trained and qualified firstly as a general nurse she then went on to become a mental health nurse before qualifying as a midwife.  The midwife originally from Ayrshire now lives in Lewisham, London with her husband Reverend Steve Hall (Vicar of St Marys Church Lewisham).

Professionally Rona has over 25 years experience of working at a national level in a range of leadership roles including in perinatal research, developing professional standards and national policy for maternity services, and in evaluating safety and quality in health care. She has been an epidemiologist in maternal health leading multidisciplinary teams and collaborative networks at the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit (NPEU), University of Oxford; inaugural Professor and Head of Midwifery at the University of Southampton; Midwifery Advisor: Professional Leadership and lead for clinical academic training for non-medical health professionals at the Department of Health in England.

Rona has also worked as a National Professional Advisor-Maternity at the Care Quality Commission (CQC) when she supported developments in maternity service regulation, surveillance and inspection during a period of considerable challenge and system change.

Rona was key to the development of RCM Standards for Midwifery Services in the UK in 2016 and in the same year co-chaired a very large multidisciplinary stakeholder group which produced RCM RCOG framework for standards in maternity services in the UK

Rona was announced as an RCM Honorary Fellow and presented with her award at the RCM’s Annual Midwifery Awards ceremony in London yesterday (Tuesday March 6th).

7 March, 2018

A registered midwife and former top Department of Health official from Ealing has received a national award from the Royal College of Midwives (RCM). David Foster yesterday received a prestigious Honorary Fellowship from the RCM for his contribution to midwifery and maternity services.

7 March, 2018

Midwives and maternity support workers (MSWs) from NHS Lanarkshire in Scotland are celebrating having scooped the Kellogg’s All- Bran Award for Midwifery Service of the Year at the Royal College Midwives (RCM) Annual Midwifery Awards 2018.

This year in the Kellogg’s All-Bran Midwifery Service of the year category there were joint winners and the midwifery team from NHS Lanarkshire shared the stage with midwives from University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire (UHCW) Trust maternity services team to celebrate their achievements.

The Kellogg’s All-Bran Award for Midwifery Service of the Year recognises excellence in significant improvements and innovation in the provision of maternity care. The judges consider in this category maternity services that show a real commitment to improving team work within multi-disciplinary teams.

Members of NHS Lanarkshire midwifery team picked up their prestigious award at a special awards ceremony in London yesterday (Tuesday March 6th). Good Morning Britain news anchor Charlotte Hawkins presented the winning midwives and MSWs with a special trophy.

6 March, 2018

Today the Scottish Government has published quarterly statistics showing that the Scottish NHS workforce is at record high. Commenting on the statistics, Mary Ross-Davie, Royal College of Midwives Director for Scotland, said: “This is a welcome rise and one that is needed to so that our maternity services can offer the level of care and support women, babies and their families need.

21 February, 2018

Today the Scottish Government has published the 2017 Scottish Maternal and Infant Nutrition Survey report. Commenting on the report Mary Ross-Davie, Royal College of Midwives (RCM) Director for Scotland, said: “The RCM welcomes this report, which gives us significantly more information about the important issues of maternal and infant nutrition in Scotland.

15 February, 2018

Today (Thursday 15th February) NHS Improvements has launched new guidance to support maternity safety champions.

The new guide is aimed at maternity safety champions such as midwives and other healthcare professionals who work on the front line of our maternity services and its hoped the new guidance will assist those at trust board and regional level outlining responsibilities and activities to promote best practice.

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