Medway Midwives shortlisted for top national award

Date: 18 January 2019

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Medway NHS Foundation Trust’s midwifery unit has been shortlisted for the prestigious Royal College of Midwives (RCM) ‘Midwifery Service of the Year’ Award. 

The team, led by Head of Midwifery Dot Smith, has been recognised nationally for showing excellence, improvement, innovation and team working within the maternity service organisation. 

The Trust’s midwives are looking to add this latest award to their impressive collection, after claiming prizes at the London Maternity and Midwifery Festival in 2018 (Midwifery Innovation Award) and the RCM Awards in 2017 (Excellence in Maternity Care).

Maternity services at the Trust have also been rated ‘outstanding’ in the caring domain by the Care Quality Commission, and ‘good’ overall. 

Reflecting on the exciting news, Medway’s Head of Midwifery, Dot Smith, said:

‘’We are really proud that our nomination has been shortlisted. It’s amazing to receive this well-deserved recognition from the RCM and to be in the running for such a respected award.

‘’Our maternity unit is led by staff innovation and engagement, and our staff work tirelessly to deliver safe and high quality care, working with women, to provide a truly women-centred service.

‘’The team is looking forward to the awards ceremony in March when we find out if we will be named as the winning service!’’

Gill Walton, RCM Chief Executive, said: 

“The standard of entries has been extremely high, so to get this far is an outstanding achievement.

‘’It shows how much innovation there is in our maternity services, and how hard staff are working to deliver safe, high quality care to women, their babies and families.’’

’'I wish Medway’s midwifery team the best of luck at the awards ceremony in March.

Since 2004, the RCM Annual Midwifery Awards have celebrated outstanding achievement in midwifery across the UK.

This year’s winners will be announced at a special awards ceremony at The Brewery in London on Tuesday March 5.

  • Summary:

    The Trust’s midwifery unit has been shortlisted for the prestigious Royal College of Midwives (RCM) ‘Midwifery Service of the Year’ Award.