Friday, 24 January 2014

Midwives nominated for awards

Two midwives from NHS Ayrshire & Arran have been shortlisted for a Royal College of Midwives (RCM) award.

Elaine Moore and Mary Garven have been nominated for the Pregnacare Award for Excellence in Maternity Care for their work in helping vulnerable families. 

As part of the national 'Getting it right for every child' programme, NHS Ayrshire & Arran has introduced a midwife service for vulnerable families, in order to improve the experience of women with complex social needs.  The service aims to enhance continuity of care and improve communication between the range of agencies with whom women may be in contact.

Angela Cunningham, Head of Midwifery and Children's Services at NHS Ayrshire & Arran, explained, “Some of the women using our maternity services need extra support.  The service helps to provide additional support with lifestyle changes, health changes and parenting plans, in order to give the child the best start in life.”

The RCM Annual Midwifery Awards celebrate and share outstanding achievement across the UK, recognising the best new, evidence-based practice projects and the best in team working.  Through the awards the RCM seek to identify outstanding individuals who make a difference for women, families and the newborn.

Cathy Warwick, Chief Executive of the RCM said, “This year we have had a record number of entries for our awards and the standard has been phenomenally high, so I applaud Elaine and Mary on reaching this stage, and wish them luck at the awards ceremony later this month.

“It is vital that midwives and maternity services keep thinking about what they offer mothers, babies and families and continue to push boundaries and innovate, as this team has done, so they can give the most up-to-date care.”

For NHS Ayrshire & Arran, Angela Cunningham said, “I would like to congratulate Elaine and Mary on being nominated for such a prestigious award.  They have worked tirelessly to develop this service, which is making a real difference to the lives of some of our mums.”

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