On Thursday 10 May the meeting room in Maternity at the Royal Berkshire Hospital was packed with midwives who were in between shifts or who had come in on their day off to help celebrate International Midwives Day. As part of the celebrations, the Trust held a small awards ceremony to recognise those midwives who had gone over and above in their care for babies, mums and their families.
The awards were presented by Hazel Inkster, Practice Educator Midwife, who said; “I am overwhelmed by the number of people who were able to come today – thank you for taking time out from your busy day, or on your day off to be here.
“These awards today are not just about celebrating the International Midwives’ Day, but also about celebrating the unit, everyone who works here, and the amazing work you do every day.”
The short ceremony consisted of six awards:
Unsung Hero – won by Heather Atkins, Hearing Screening
Exceptional Contribution – won by Juliette Ward, Bereavement Midwife
Rising Star – won by Katie England Staff Midwife, new to the unit
Support Worker – won by Anna Pani, Health Care Assistant
Mentor of the Year – won by Sara Phillips, Practice Educator, Community
and the Collette Woodley award for Outstanding Student Midwife, won by Lizzie Plowman Student Midwife
Collette Woodley was a midwife at the Royal Berkshire Hospital who is sadly no longer with us. Her husband Andy Woodley presented the award to Lizzie Plowman, thanking all the midwives for the commitment each and every one of them gives to the maternity unit and to the hospital every day..
Emma Taylor, Vice Chair of Reading Maternity Voices also thanked everyone for their dedication, for listening to the feedback Maternity Voices gives, and using it to ensure they build it in to the amazing service they provide.
14 May 2018