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Midwife Jane Pollock has recently received an award from the Iolanthe Midwifery Trust for her contribution to midwifery practice.

Jane received the Ann Stewart Award at the Royal College of Paediatrics in London on 10 September for her commitment to midwifery practice. 

Her award was presented by Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent, Head of Maternity at NHS England and responsible for delivering both of the Royal Babies.

Iolanthe Midwifery Trust aims to promote and improve the care of mothers, babies and families through awarding grants and fellowships to support of midwifery education, practice and research.

This was Jane’s second award from the Iolanthe Midwifery Trust. The first award recently enabled the George Eliot Hospital to host a fantastic ‘Caring for the Carer’s conference during the summer, aimed at all staff working within maternity services. This promoted a culture of positive working and provided delegates with skills to improve morale and team working. The conference was attended by staff from the George Eliot Hospital and midwives from around the UK.

Presenters included Jacque Gerrard the director from the Royal College of Midwives, Barbara Kuypers from the local supervisory authority and maternity specialist Sheena Byrom OBE.

This learning conference introduced a 'survival kit for maternity workers, shared knowledge about personalised midwifery care and improving team working. Jane is going to speak at a conference in October about the survival kit.

Staff had an opportunity to share knowledge during break out sessions which included art therapy, hand massages, aromatherapy and even a knitting masterclass. 

Feedback from the maternity community was excellent and it was a wonderful day to celebrate the work of maternity staff across the country. Learning from the event is now being shared nationally which is a credit to Jane and her fellow organisers from the George Eliot Hospital maternity team.

Further information

George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust provides a range of hospital and community based services to more than 300,000 people across North Warwickshire, South West Leicestershire and North Coventry.

The hospital, which was opened in 1948, provides a range of elective, non-elective, A&E, surgical, medical, women’s, children’s, diagnostic and therapeutic services.  The Trust also provides a range of community services across Coventry, Warwickshire and Leicestershire. A full range of sexual health services across Warwickshire is also provided by the Trust.

For a full list of the services we provide, go to our website www.geh.nhs.uk/directory-of-services.

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