“We’re thrilled to have recognition of our achievements on an international stage,” says RCHT’s Director of Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions, Kim O’Keeffe.
“It’s been a real team effort from midwives, support workers and clinicians, working together with parents, partner organisations and charities to listen, learn and improve our maternity care. So much more than just the wonderful modernisation of our birth units, we’ve really reaped the rewards of engaging people in our journey, working towards our aspiration to provide brilliant care for One+all.”
The Awards are part of the annual International Midwifery Conference – hosted this year in London – which provides an opportunity for midwifery professionals to update knowledge, share best practice and experiences with colleagues from around the world. RCHT teams were shortlisted in five categories: Transformation Innovation, Maternity Voices, Sustainability Innovation, Inclusion and the Built Environment.
The Maternity Team came away as overall winner of the Transformation Innovation category for its vital role in the hugely successful project to ImproveWell; an app that provides an easy way for colleagues to put forward ideas for improvements to care or staff wellbeing and to support them in making them happen.
There were also highly commended awards for the collaborative work with Kernow Maternity Voices Partnership, in the Built Environment category for the new Truro Birth Unit, and, hot on the heels of a BAME national award, in the Inclusion category for the Teyluva Midwifery Team and Traveller Space Charity for their new model of care for the gypsy and traveller community.
Consultant Midwife Angela Bellamy, Midiwife Amy Keats and Nicki Burnett from Kernow Maternity Voices Partnership were also presenting their work to international delegates at seminar during the Conference.
Head of Midwifery, Jane Urben said, “We are so pleased that a number of our innovative service developments in maternity have been recognised and that we came away with an overall winner and three highly commended Awards at this prestigious international event.
“The work Zoe and the team have been doing to ensure our staff are listened to and have their ideas and suggestions implemented, has helped engagement and teamwork in maternity. We are very proud of the collaborative working with Kernow Maternity Voices and local agencies and charities; demonstrating our commitment and continued focus on high standards of care for all our mothers, babies and families in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.”