Child and Maternal Health
RCM Annual Midwifery Awards 2018
Since 2004, the RCM Annual Midwifery Awards have rewarded, celebrated and shared outstanding achievement in midwifery across the UK. They recognise the best new evidence-based practice projects and the best in team working. They discover outstanding individuals making a difference for women, families and the newborn.
Numerous midwives from across Scotland have been nominated for an award. In the lead up to the Awards ceremony on 6 March we will focus on each nominee to learn some more about why they have been nominated for an award.
Midwives from NHS Lanarkshire’s Midwifery Team have been shortlisted for the Royal College of Midwives(RCM) Award for Midwifery Service of the Year. The team was nominated for the award – which recognises excellence, innovation and team working – by Dr Mary Ross-Davie, RCM country director for Scotland.
We spoke to Maureen and the team to find out more about their nomination:
1. Why were you nominated for your award?
We are one of four finalists for the Kellogg’s Midwifery Service of the Year 2018 and flying the flag for Scotland! It is rewarding to know that our achievements and hard work have not gone unrecognised. We were nominated by Dr Mary Ross-Davie RCM Country Director for Scotland as an example of service that has been consistently seeking to improve its maternity service and has an engaged, enthusiastic and empowered team of midwives supporting and implementing those improvements. Mary commented on the team being fully supported by Lyn our chief midwife and me as consultant midwife.
The team has demonstrated innovation and excellence in a number of key areas over the last 5 years. A few of these successes are:
- Developing future midwifery leaders through national leadership programme and being a leading light in the national Scottish Patient Safety Programme.
- We have worked together to develop a woman and family centred focus in care with the development of a ‘what matters to you?’ approach.
- We have been at the forefront of implementing the national maternity workforce planning tool.
- Multi-disciplinary team working within maternity and neonatal teams have demonstrated improvements in term admissions to neonatal unit and thermoregulation and expression to first feed for our neonatal preterm babies.
2. What is your biggest achievement in your career?
Leading by example and being the first Consultant Midwife for NHS Lanarkshire. I believe being a consultant midwife is one of the most privileged positions to be in. I have the ability to influence clinical practice both local and nationally. I feel a great sense of pride when our unit or an individual is recognised for the innovative solutions to the challenges created within maternity care.
3. What motivates you?
Women having a positive birth experience and feeling listened to! The feedback from women with regards to their maternity care can fill you with a sense of pride. But negative feedback also motivates you to improve.
4. How do you think Best Start will change the way you work?
I believe this is one of the greatest opportunities gifted to midwives. We have the ability to be fully involved and re-shape our services to improve care for women, but also improve the working lives of the carer too.
5. Any best practice to share?
When a midwife approaches you with an idea to improve service, take time to listen, give support and advice when needed. Give them every opportunity to flourish and acknowledge their contribution to service improvement at every opportunity. Celebrate success!
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