Midwives at the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust joined colleagues from across the globe on Friday, 5 May on International Day of the Midwife to recognise and celebrate their achievements.
At a special event, members of the maternity team shared current innovative projects that are demonstrating very real service improvements for local mums.
Diabetes Midwife, Rachel Crowley gave an overview of the pilot study taking place that uses an app to help manage the treatment of gestational diabetes – a condition that affects about 1 in 10 pregnant women. The app lets women send the blood glucose readings they take at home directly to a database which allows their midwife to read them online and see which patients are most in need of their attention. The technology enables patients to safely monitor their condition at home and remain well connected to the hospital.
The recently launched improved community midwifery service was outlined by Community Midwives Lead, Kerry Taylor who explained: “Following the Better Births Review in 2016, the Trust’s maternity service considered how it needed to change to meet the needs of the local population.
“A better model, known as the Postnatal Resource Allocation Model (PRAM), was adopted to improve the continuity of care, and ensures every woman has a midwife who is part of a small team of 4 to 6 midwives, based in the community. The team all get to know the woman and her family, which provides continuity throughout the pregnancy and postnatal care.”
Other projects included:
Attendees also heard from Samantha Fleming, Practice Development Midwife who gave details of how the £70,000 additional funding received earlier in the year from Health Education England, as part of a national scheme designed to make improvements to maternity safety, is helping to improve care: “The funding is allowing us to provide additional safety training to a wide variety of staff involved in maternity care. So far, we have over 160 members of the multi-disciplinary team, including ward clerks, doctors, midwives and anaesthetists booked on to workshops that will cover topics such as advanced fetal monitoring, communication and team working, and maternal critical care. We have also bought some new training equipment to supplement our current establishment.”
Along with learning more about the innovative work of the maternity team, the afternoon provided an opportunity for individual midwives and students to be recognised by their colleagues for their outstanding contribution during the year with the presentation of a number of awards. Winners were:
Danielle Prosper - Collette Woodley Student of the Year
Jo Pawlak - Mentor of the Year
Dawn Parsey - Rising Star
Jo Young - Unsung Hero
Rachel Crowley - Transforming Services
Harriet Lobato - Support Worker of the Year
Director of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Gill Valentine said: “Listening to colleagues presenting really underlined for me the important work that is going on to improve the care and services we provide.
“I am incredibly proud of the team and it is a pleasure to be here today to recognise and congratulate both individuals and the whole team for the work they do.”