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Midlands Maternity and Midwifery Festival Trailblazer Awards 2024

Last week the Maternity and Midwifery Forum’s Midlands Festival took place at Edgbaston Stadium, Birmingham. Take a look at the winners from the Midlands Maternity and Midwifery Trailblazer Awards Ceremony. The Awards recognised outstanding achievement and commitment to maternity and midwifery services over the past year across the Midlands.


Narrowcast Media Group produced, filmed and live streamed the Awards Ceremony on the day. You can watch back the ceremony on-demand today and catch up on all of the action from the day that you may have missed.

Watch the ceremony (below) and take a look back at some of the best photos from the day in this article.

Midwifery Practice Team Trailblazer Award

Winner : Maternity Patient Safety Team, United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust

The team have worked tirelessly to support the maternity service to become responsive and safe, by persistently horizon scanning for reports, reviews and guidance, responding quickly to concerns and recommendations identified both locally and nationally.

Examples include:

  • Implemented ATTAIN
  • Epilepsy ‘deep dive
  • Co-ordination of actions and improvements
  • Overseeing and bringing changes from national reports eg. Ockenden
  • Focused on ethnicity and deprivation- data using case reviews – picking up themes and trends
  • Intro of handheld records

The success of the team has not been achieved in silo; they have ensured the development of effective multi-disciplinary relationships, internally, across the trust, county and region, subsequently enabling prompt and effective communication to support the achievement of these successes.


Midwifery Practice Education Trailblazer Award

Highly commended : Robyn Dalton, Maternity Support Worker Lead Midwife, United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust

The submission highlighted her positivity, passion and compassion


Highly commended : Sorcha Magee, Trust Education Lead Midwife, Medway Foundation Trust

The submission illustrated a supportive, encouraging and highly motivated practitioner.


Winner : Lucy Williamson, Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust

Lucy is an exceptional educator, her passion for supporting staff learning is unbridled. Everyone who attends the study days she teaches on finds them enjoyable and engaging. She is hugely knowledgeable and shares that with staff in a way that is able to be understood by all. Her teaching has a lasting impact on all our staff.

Lucy is vital to the team and has often helped her colleagues, she is a compassionate and an exemplary clinician. She is often supporting staff on delivery suite without being asked and provides assistance to all levels of staff.

Lucy is also the breech specialist midwife and is passionate about developing this service. Her teaching on this subject alone is so brilliant that it enables staff to feel hugely empowered to assist with breech births.

She is always going above and beyond both in and outside of her role. Her dedication to the work we do and the patients we care for is outstanding. Her impact is far reaching, and she is a true inspiration to us all. We are so lucky to be able to work alongside her.


Midwifery Practice Education Team Trailblazer

Highly Commended: Lee Caiger, Kath O’Neill and Team, University of Chester

This award is made to the Northwest and Midlands in collaboration with the University of Chester Team who developed the Guidance for the Assessment of Proficiencies for Pre-Registration Midwives. The outcome has been extremely impactful: due to the dedication and commitment of a range of colleagues from across the practice learning network and higher education institutions. All with the shared aim of building sustainable, long-term solutions and contributing positively to the learning journey of our future workforce.

The electronic Midwifery Guidance Toolkit provides a hub of information for assessment of proficiencies and other supporting literature. This partnership approach reflects a shared vision to enhance the quality healthcare delivery by creating a consistent approach that is conducive to encouraging excellence in practice learning.

Maternity and Midwifery Forum Editorial Team

May 24

If you would like to make an award nomination for your colleague or yourself, please use our online form here, and we will see you at the next festival event of the series – FREE Northern Maternity and Midwifery Festival – 18th June.