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Ipswich Hospital wins national midwifery award

An Ipswich maternity service has scooped a top UK award for its work to improve maternity services and its staff engagement activities. The Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust was awarded the Royal College of Midwives Maternity Services of the Year Award at a ceremony on January 24th (today) in London.

The trust – which has nearly four-thousand deliveries per year – has made great efforts to improve the care women receive. It is one of just twelve trusts that took part in a national project led by the King’s Fund to Improve safety in maternity services.

It was also one of the Trusts that contributed to The Models of Care Project. This was a national initiative to ensure the right community midwifery service were offered to women and their families. As a result of the project it was identified that more posts to support safeguarding and vulnerable women in the Ipswich area were needed.

Ensuring good staff engagement is another element of the Trusts’ activities that have contributed to winning this award. When implementing changes within the service the managers always consult with staff and the Royal College of Midwives. These efforts show in the smooth introduction of different ways of working. A recent example is the introduction of a shift pattern change that would better support women particularly when in labour. This was implemented early this year and has been embraced as a positive change by the staff.

Chris Colbourne, Head of Midwifery at Ipswich Hospital, said: “The maternity team works 24/7 to make sure mothers, babies and their families get safe, high quality and personal care and we are thrilled with this national recognition.

“This award is a testament to everyone who works in the unit, I’m very proud of each and every one of them.”

Earlier today, the Department of announced that Ipswich Hospital is one of 100 trusts set to share a £25million fund to improve and upgrade maternity units. The Ipswich maternity team has won £652,190 to refurbish its bathrooms and buy new furniture for patients.

Cathy Warwick, Chief Executive of the Royal College of Midwives, said: “The volume of entries and their quality this year was exceptional, so to win is a real achievement.

“As Ipswich Hospital demonstrate, amazing and innovative work is going on across the UK. These are midwives and teams pushing at the boundaries of practice to deliver a better service for women and their babies.”

For more information contact the RCM Press Office on 020 7312 3456, pressofficer@rcm.org.uk or the Ipswich NHS Trust Press Office on 01473 704372.

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