In attendance were Professor and Head of NHS England Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent who presented a speech and gave out prizes to the winners, Principle Editor of MIDIRS Midwifery Digest Cathy Ashwin, and Sheena Byrom OBE who opened the ceremony.
Student midwife winners
Jenny Mison – Sheffield Hallam University for a KG Hypnobirthing course
Sophie Dann – Coventry University, a 3-week placement in Arusha, Tanzania
Holly Parker – City University London, 2-week work experience at ‘Een goed begin’ in Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Rosie Hotchin – Sheffield Hallam University, a ‘Wise Hippo’ Hypnobirthing Instructor Training Course
Claire Litchfield – Oxford Brookes University, work placement in Tangeru, Tanzania
Holly Smith – Southampton University, the Boromarjonani College of Nursing in Udonthani, Thailand
Indie McDowell – Staffordshire University, visiting Cambodia – a hospital, a community outreach post and in the offices of the Cambodian Midwifery Council
Sharyn Lock – Yorkshire Storks Independent Midwifery Practice, a trip to investigate how to support midwifery-led normal birth in Gaza
Linda Jones – Wrightington, Wigan & Leigh NHS Trust, an MSc Dissertation exploring women’s informed choice as a mechanism to influence midwifery away from custom and practice procedures
Jane Pollock – George Eliot NHS Trust, Nuneaton, a Caring for the Carers Project, with a conference and a tool kit for delegates to help them cope with the stresses of working within maternity care: Jane also receives the Ann Stewart award for commitment to practice
Claire Nutt – Women and Children’s Health, North Bristol Trust, calls her project ‘Massage for Maternity’ – a course on infant massage with Wellmother, in Bristol, to enable offering personal massage sessions for both women in pregnancy and for midwives within the trust: Claire also receives the Dame Rosalind Paget award for a holistic approach to care
Mary Kitson – Whittington NHS Trust, Highgate, London, a Focused Course in Third Trimester Fetal Surveillance, with a view to providing holistic and timely care to women who attend the unit
Victoria Davitt – Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, a masters degree in Advanced Leadership for Healthcare Practitioners, to help support a gender-based violence service
Catherine McParlin – Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle upon Tyne, a workshop on Qualitative Interviewing in Health Research to help explore women’s experiences and examine attitudes and behaviours in greater depth than quantitative research alone.
Iolanthe/RCM Jean Davies Award for addressing health inequalities
Annie Lester – Integrated Midwife at Stroud Maternity unit, an early years integrated targeted support pilot called Empowering Women through Group Antenatal Care; this is being carried out in areas of multiple deprivation in Gloucestershire.
Iolanthe Midwifery Trust Fellowship Research award
Allison Farnworth – who is in the final stage of her doctoral studies at Newcastle University and is funded to write up her research on ‘How does the organisation of the NHS impact on the abilities and experiences of frontline health care staff in assessing quality of care and engaging in activities to improve it?’
Applications are now open for the Iolanthe Midwifery Annual Awards 2016. For more information, visit their website here.
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