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Trust tuned in to what's important

It has been a busy few weeks for us at Liverpool Women's.  

We held our annual Dedicated to Excellence Awards last week. Yet again I am always amazed at the work that our teams do that makes a huge difference to our patients and their families. The awards evening is a lovely way to recognise the work going on within our hospital and also provides an opportunity for staff from across the Trust to come together. A big thank you to the event organisers, sponsors and of course the fabulous Paul Corcoran from Agent Marketing, who compered the event. You can see who was nominated for an award by visiting our Vimeo channel here: https://vimeo.com/liverpoolwomenshospital/videos

 
We were delighted to welcome Rob Webster, CEO of NHS Confederation to our hospital. As well as discussing significant issues and challenges facing our organisation he also took the time to visit some of our clinical areas with me to see the amazing care that our staff give to patients.


A big part of my job involves working with other bodies and organisations who have women's health issues at their core.  Last week I met with David Richmond, President of the Royal College of Obstetrician and Gynaecologists,  Cathy Warwick, CEO of the Royal College of Midwives and Cathy Calderwood, NHS England Clinical Lead for Women's Health.  We have to ensure that we work together to influence nationally on policy decisions to support women's health.


We were delighted last Thursday to have BBC4 Woman's Hour broadcasting live from our maternity ward at Liverpool Women's.  The focus of the discussion was on the importance of Midwifery staffing.  This is a topic that we raise consistently with the Department of Health and our commissioners locally.  You can listen to the broadcast here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0414b55 


One of our local MPs, Luciana Berger, took time out of her busy diary on Friday to visit us. We are very grateful for the support that all of our local MPs give to Liverpool Women's.


Our staff and the care that they provide has again featured strongly in local media over the past week.  A big thank you to all of our patients and their families who take the time to say thank you.  It is great to see how many of our patients or their families interact with us on social media.  We love hearing your stories and updates.


Our fabulous staff on our Neonatal Unit were named on Friday evening as the Neonatal Team of the Year at the Mama Awards 2014 held in Glasgow.  Very well deserved.  It is inspiring to see the care that they provide to some of the UK's poorliest and tiniest babies.

by Kathryn Thomson

Chief Executive