Gateshead maternity staff receive the chief nursing officer award

Written by on 25th February 2023

Gateshead maternity staff recently received the chief nursing officer awards including the CMO silver award and MSW award.

The chief midwifery officer for NHS England Prof Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent visited Gateshead Maternity Services on January 31 to present the awards with chief executive Yvonne Ormston MBE. 

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Gateshead, UK    Photo Credit – Alamy

Lesley Heelbeck, head of midwifery for Gateshead Health said: “I am extremely proud of the maternity services here at Gateshead and the hard work the midwives do each day to support families and mothers to be.

“These awards highlight the exceptional work that takes place day in and day out. I am excited to see what the future holds for maternity services in Gateshead and I am extremely proud of all of the staff who work within the maternity unit and the patient care we offer.” 

Lead digital midwife Alice Butler won the CMO silver award for outstanding developments in the digital strategy and implementation of Neonatal Badger, creating an end-to-end electronic record between maternity and neonatal services. Sophie Condon and Jennifer Peterson, diabetes specialist midwives, also won an award for helping midwives to developments and quality improvements in caring for mothers with gestational diabetes and other health issues in pregnancy.

Three maternity support workers Helen Lamb, Lisa Wheatley and Alison Blythe also received the MSW award for their outstanding work and support to helping care for mothers and babies during their  pregnancy and after giving birth.

Chief executive Yvonne Ormston MBE said: “I am delighted to be able to present these awards to the midwives and maternity support workers on behalf of the chief midwifery officer. The Chief Nursing Officer award is a prestigious honour and we’re extremely proud of them and all of our teams here at Gateshead.”

The awards capture the values of the NHS and that of their own organisations, both in supporting their nursing and midwifery colleagues in delivering excellent patient care across the service.

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