Child and Maternal Health
RCM Annual Midwifery Awards – Lisa Allan
Thompson’s Member Champion Award
Another outstanding individual shortlisted for a RCM Award is Lisa Allan, a midwife from NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde has been shortlisted for the Thompson’s Member Champion Award. The award recognises a RCM accredited workplace representative, RCM branch officer or MSW advocate who has been nominated by RCM members or the Regional/National Officer for their work on behaf of members.
We spoke to Lisa to find out more about her nomination:
Why were you nominated for your award?
This was a surprise nomination for me. My nominee has told me it was a joint decision by the Scottish RCM team for my hard work in the past year of getting the local branch up and running again.
What is your biggest achievement?
Alongside this shortlisting – my biggest achievement is being acknowledged for my work at a local level when working on midwife as first point of contact project and the set up of a central call booking office which has proved very successful.
What motivates you?
I am motivated by others being satisfied with what I provide and I thrive on challenge as I want to do my best for others.
How do you think Best Start will change the way you work?
Best Start for me will enable fulfilment of provision of care in all aspects of a women’s pregnancy journey and give me more autonomy as a practitioner.
How do you think Best Start can help your day to day work?
It will enable me to be more flexible and specific when providing care.
Any best practice to share?
I am very passionate about the area I have provided antenatal care to for 12 years and the relationship I have built with women and colleagues within a varied area of deprivation. The continuity I have been able to provide antenatally and postnatally is very job satisfying and women have a very positive and trusting relationship with me.
Top tip from Lisa:
Being with women needs to be at the forefront of us all within the midwifery procession.