Three Liverpool women have been shortlisted for national awards recognising the contribution they make to the lives of the women they care for.
Gillian Walker and Lisa Jones, both midwives at Liverpool Women’s Hospital, have been shortlisted for the prestigious ‘Midwife of the Year’ award at the British Journal of Midwifery Practice Awards, for showing outstanding dedication to caring for women and their babies.
Sarah Martin, who works as part of the Honeysuckle Team at Liverpool Women’s, was shortlisted for the work she does in supporting women and families who have suffered the loss of their baby. The winners will be announced at the British Journal of Midwifery Practice Awards ceremony on 8th February in Manchester.
Dianne Brown, Director of Nursing and Midwifery at Liverpool Women’s, said: “These three staff members are an absolute credit to the hospital, and we’re delighted that they have been recognised for the care that they provide to the women, babies and families of Liverpool and beyond. No other Trust has more than one shortlisted candidate, so for Liverpool Women’s to have three is a massive achievement. We’re extremely proud.”
The announcement comes after Liverpool Women’s was again ranked amongst the very best providers of maternity services in the country by healthcare regulators.
The Trust, which provides specialist health services for women, babies and their families, again received one of the best scores in the country in the national survey of maternity services, conducted by regulators the Care Quality Commission (CQC). The survey particularly praised the Trust’s efforts when it came to supporting mothers with feeding, ranking Liverpool Women’s 2nd in the country.
Ms Brown added: "The Trust has worked hard to increase the number of new mums who choose to breastfeed, culminating in us being fully accredited as part of UNICEF’s ‘Baby Friendly Initiative’. Being ranked second in the entire country for the support we offer in this respect is further testament to this."