National Award for Team Teyluva

Congratulations to midwives Amy Keates and Jessica Parker who won an Integration Innovation award at this year’s national Black and Minority Ethnic Health & Care Awards for their work with the Kernow Maternity Voices Partnership and TravellerSpace Charity to set up a midwifery service tailored for the traveller community in St Day. 

Known as the Teyluva Midwifery Team, Amy and Jess are helping to address the health inequalities faced by gypsy and traveller women who are four times more likely to experience pregnancy loss compared to the average population.

Surprised and delighted to receive the award and they said, “An important part of modern day maternity care is for health professionals to listen to the real life experience of the people they care for and to understand how they can make improvements in patient care and experience. That’s exactly what we’ve aimed to do with the Teyluva team.”

Kernow Maternity Voice Partnership (MVP), a group with first-hand experience of maternity services engaged the community at Wheal Jewell traveller site in St Day about their experience of maternity services. Many women in this community had previously suffered poor health outcomes in pregnancy. Feedback was given by the MVP to the senior midwifery team at RCHT which highlighted the need for a more bespoke, personalised, family centred approach, as this community had not been receiving care which was suited to their health needs or culture.

As well as offering support with preconception care and health education and promotion within a safe and trusted space, the midwives will also provide antenatal, and postnatal care for these women, with an aim to be able to provide support in labour. The Teyluva team will be working closely with other agencies including a named health visitor, named housing officer, named consultant and the healthy pregnancy programme at Cornwall Council.  The project aims to provide the gold standard Continuity of Carer which is recommended by the Governments Better Birth’s initiative.  Teyluva team is hoping to expand in 2020, offering care to more women from the travelling community across Cornwall.

BAMEHCA Founder Wendy Olayiwola said: “These awards set out to not just to celebrate and encourage the outstanding work done by and for BAME colleagues and users of health and care services but provide a supportive network foundation for future progression and acknowledgement.”

This is the second award for Amy and Jessica who were also winners of an RCHT Brilliant You Award and they are also shortlisted for this year’s International Maternity Expo Awards in November.