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  1. Philips AVENT Award for Innovation in Midwifery
  2. Slimming World Award for Public Health
  3. Excellence in Maternity Care Award
  4. JOHNSON’S® Baby Award for Evidence into Practice
  5. NMSF Award for Bereavement Care
  6. Partnership Working Award
  7. Postnatal and Newborn Care AwardNew for 2015
  8. Student Midwife Award
  9. Lansinoh Award for Team of the Year
  10. Maternity Support Worker of the Year Award
  11. Mentor of the Year Award
  12. Mothercare Award for Midwifery Service of the Year
  13. Supervisor of Midwives Award
  14. Thompsons Members’ Champion Award
  15. JOHNSON’S® Baby Mums’ Midwife of the Year

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Philips AVENT Award for Innovation in Midwifery

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Eligible: Any RCM member
Entry or nominated: Entry

This award will be made to an individual or a team, who have developed an exciting, ‘cutting edge’ evidence-based, creative initiative within any sphere of midwifery practice that embeds the full scope of midwife’s role and has led to improved practice, some which may be explicit and others yet to be demonstrated in evidence.  It may include work which may later lead to formal research or audit, or be the step after research and audit, putting a research into practice. This category includes educational initiatives.

The judges are looking for:

  • True innovation, not simply new ways of working or implementation of policy
  • Clear demonstration of the identified need and personal rationale
  • Detail of the process of implementation from concept, to design, initial planning through to evaluation
  • Evidence of impact on midwifery practice/service delivery/education
  • Plans for further research, development and full evaluation.
  • Midwives developing models of care to provide care to women and families under new National policies and frameworks –Discussion of how generalizable their initiative could prove

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Slimming World Award for Public Health

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Eligible: Any RCM member
Entry or nominated: Entry

This award recognises an individual or team who have developed and led an initiative that has secured measurable improvements in the delivery of public health outcomes and health promotion in the community. The award recognises the demonstration of a high level of working with other agencies and user groups.

The judges are looking for:

  • A clear description of the project/initiative and the reason for its development
  • The evidence base underpinning the project/work; and the measures being used to review the impact of the project on  the health and wellbeing of women and families
  • A strong demonstration of engagement with  relevant agencies to improve public health
  • Clear reference is made to priorities within the public health agenda in their country
  • Implementation, evaluation and dissemination strategies to move the initiative into wider practice.

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Excellence in Maternity Care Award

Eligible:Any RCM member
Entry or nominated:Entry

This award is for an individual or group of midwives who have pioneered an initiative providing an excellent, compassionate standard of care to women, their babies and families.  It might be a model that ensures a high level of continuity of care, or a unique way of working or providing care to a particular group of women and their babies.

The judges are looking for:

  • A clear description of the project/initiative and the reason for its development
  • Illustrating a system or tool that achieves consistently excellent standards of care to mothers and babies
  • Mechanisms for review, evaluation and reflection on the care being provided
  • The evidence base underpinning the project, and identification of any evidence being generated by the project to add to the midwifery body of knowledge
  • Implementation and evaluation strategies

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JOHNSON’S® Baby Award for Evidence into Practice

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Eligible: RCM Member
Entry or nominated: Entry

This Award celebrates the application of research evidence into midwifery practice.  It recognizes an outstanding original project where creative thinking, sound research methodology, and effective teamwork have combined to achieve real service improvement.

The judges are looking for:

  • Clarity of the evidence on which the intervention is based
  • Identification of the ‘problem’/matter to be solved/improved
  • Process by which the project was developed and implemented
  • Discussion of impact on women and families
  • Clarity of evaluation process
  • Potential for generalisability of this approach

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NMSF Award for Bereavement Care

Eligible: Any RCM member midwife
Entry or nominated: Entry

This award recognises the difficult challenges that result from this area of maternity care.  The award will provide funding for Jake’s Scholarship to enable a midwife/midwives with at least five years experience to develop or improve a bereavement service with the aim of providing high quality bereavement care to women and families.  This award must be spent within six to nine months after being awarded. The winner will be designated one of Jake’s Midwives and required to provide a follow up report to NMSF and RCM on how the bursary money has been spent and what changes it has enabled.

The judges are looking for an individual who:

  • Demonstrates a strong commitment to supporting parents through the bereavement process
  • Shows evidence of an initiative or service development which has worked in practice
  • Has documented experience of previous involvement in this area
  • Has a commitment to educate and support colleagues to ensure good practice is disseminated
  • Can identify how the bursary money will be spent and how the service development will lead to improved excellence in bereavement care
  • Can present a specific plan of what would be changed at their maternity unit/trust through the bursary

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Partnership Working Award

Eligible: Any RCM member
Entry or nominated: Entry

This award recognises the importance of midwives working in partnership with multi professional team members or the third sector to provide holistic care to women and their families. This project will be one in which midwives  demonstrate active involvement and partnership with service users, user groups and other agencies including those in the health, social care and voluntary sectors to develop models of care built on principles of partnership, accountability and professional excellence.

The judges are looking for:

  • Clear description of background including rationale, context, planning and implementation
  • Explicit detail about how partners and service users were identified and brought together, and how they contributed to the project
  • Challenges and how they were overcome
  • Evaluation of impact of project
  • Sustainability, transferability and lessons learnt.

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Postnatal and Newborn Care AwardNew for 2015

Eligible: Any RCM Member
Entry of nominated: Entry

This award is for an individual or team who have pioneered an initiative to provide excellent postnatal and newborn care to women, their babies and families.

The judges are looking for:

  • A clear description of the project/initiative and the reason for its development
  • Illustrating a system or tool that achieves consistently excellent standards of postnatal and newborn care to mothers and babies
  • Mechanisms for review, evaluation and reflection on the care being provided
  • The evidence base underpinning the project, and identification of any evidence being generated by the project to add to the midwifery body of knowledge
  • Implementation and evaluation strategies

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Student Midwife Award

Eligible: Any RCM Student midwife member
Entry or nominated: Entry or nomination

This award seeks to recognize a student midwife small group of students who has/have made an exceptional contribution to the student community. Recipients of this award must have shown consistent dedication within their role and demonstrated a strong commitment to midwifery and the Royal College of Midwives.

The judges are looking for an individual who:

  • Contributes to the improvement of the student experience while studying midwifery
  • Acts as an advocate and role model for fellow students
  • Contributes extra time and effort to midwifery through commitment to The Royal College of Midwives or the development of a Midwifery Society.

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Lansinoh Award for Team of the Year

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Eligible: Any RCM member (on behalf of team)
Entry or nominated: Entry

This award is for the midwifery team (encompassing midwives, the medical team, maternity care support workers/nursery nurses, allied health professionals and others) that is able to demonstrate attributes of dynamism, commitment and enthusiasm, and high levels of excellent inter-professional team working. The team would be one that may have designed a unique way of working or model of care within a contemporary maternity service. The team would be one that has an appropriate skill mix and an innovative and consistently high quality approach to the provision of care to women, their babies and families.

The judges are looking for:

  • A clear description of the team composition and ways of working
  • How the team members work together to enhance care provision
  • Evidence of how regulated and non regulated roles integrate for seamless care
  • Implementation and evaluation strategies

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Maternity Support Worker of the Year Award

Eligible: A maternity support worker (MSW) or team of MSWs (any individual who is employed to support midwives in the care of childbearing women, the newborn and their families)
Entry or nominated:  Nominated (it is expected that if short listed, the MSW(s) will attend and present at the judging day).  RCM Member MSWs may also enter directly
Eligible to nominate: An RCM member midwife(or team) This award recognises the importance of the Maternity Support Worker (MSW) in providing holistic care to women and their families. The award will be made to a MSW or a team of MSWs who can demonstrate that the development of their role in supporting midwives has led to improved practice and the freeing up of midwifery time.

The judges are looking for:

  • Evidence of impact on service delivery
  • Detail of how the role of the MSW has been developed and evaluated.
  • Evidence of how the MSW role has supported the midwife in improving practice.
  • A descriptive account of the MSW’s learning and development experience

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Mentor of the Year Award

Eligible: Any mentor of student midwives, MSWs or newly qualified midwives
Entry or nominated: Nominated
Eligible to nominate: Any RCM member student midwife, MSW or newly qualified midwife

This award will be presented to an individual who has supported either a newly qualified midwife during the preceptorship period, a student midwife during her/his  midwifery education programme or a Maternity Support Worker (MSW) learner during preparation for her/his role.  The mentor will be nominated by their student/learner and will have demonstrated outstanding clinical and supervision of practice skills, enabling the learner to have developed their practice or role with knowledge, practical competence, and confidence. Both mentor and mentee will attend the award ceremony. The submission must describe how the mentor has made a different to the experience and learning of the person making the submission, illustrating how the mentor assessed the learning needs, planned the learning experiences, and assessed the students progress and achievement.

The judges will be looking for:

  • A descriptive account of the individual’s learning and development experience with her/his mentor
  • A midwife who demonstrates exceptional clinical skills
  • A description of an outstanding mentor, able to assess, plan and evaluate the student’s learning.
  • Evaluation of the short and long term impact of the mentor’s support and teaching

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Mothercare Award for Midwifery Service of the Year

 

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Eligible: Any NHS organisation
Entry or nominated: Nominated and entry
Eligible to nominate: RCM regional officers

This award recognises excellence and innovation in the provision of maternity care and in the organisation of the maternity service including midwives and maternity support workers. This award will give recognition to an maternity service which has demonstrated an exemplary forward-looking and innovative approach to provision of maternity services and a commitment to improving recruitment and retention of midwives and maternity support workers. The nomination should highlight how the employer has ensured staff are appropriately supported and valued and how the design of services recognises the impact on the outcomes for women and their families and enablement of choice.

The judges will be looking for:

  • Evidence of innovation and excellence in the provision of the maternity service.
  • Involvement of service users in design of services to provide choice
  • Evidence of effective team working throughout the service
  • Involvement and engagement with the midwifery team to ensure midwives and maternity support workers are enabled to work effectively
  • Evidence of sustainable and responsive planning to ensure that the workforce is meets demographic and service imperatives

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Supervisor of Midwives Award

Eligible: A Supervisor of Midwives
Entry or Nominated: Entry or Nominated
Eligible to nominate: RCM member midwife

This award will be presented to an individual Supervisor of Midwives (SOM)  or a team who has demonstrated outstanding support to midwives in the development of their skills and expertise to ensure excellent care for mothers and babies. The Supervisor (s) of Midwives will be have  excellent leadership skills in supporting best practice and ensuring evidence –based midwifery care. The submission must describe how the SOM (s) has made a difference to the experience   of the person making the submission, illustrating how the SOM (s) has contributed to their development as a midwife.

The judges are looking for:

  • A clear description of the model of supervision
  • A descriptive account of the individual’s learning and development experience with her/his Supervisor of Midwives
  • A Supervisor of Midwives (or team) who is visionary and inspiring
  • A description of an outstanding Supervisor of Midwives (or team) who is a role model and a source of professional knowledge  and expertise
  • Evaluation of the short and long term impact of the Supervisor of Midwives support and guidance

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Thompsons Members’ Champion Award

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Eligible: Any RCM workplace representative or branch officer (or branch)
Entry or nominated: Nominated
Eligible to nominateRCM Regional officers and members

This award recognises and rewards an RCM workplace representative (steward, health & safety representative or union learning representative) or RCM branch officer who has been nominated by RCM members or the Regional/National Officer for their work on behalf of members.  To nominate a representative for this award, you should cite examples of how they have supported or represented members, or shown initiative and persuasion in promoting the RCM and recruiting members, or contributing to the activity of their RCM Branch.

The judges are looking for:

  • Details of how the nominated representative makes a difference for members in the workplace
  • How the nominated representative contributes to the value and benefit of belonging to the RCM for members
  • Evidence of initiative, enthusiasm and dedication in promoting the work of the RCM in the workplace

Please do not, however, include details of any personal case work handled by the representative

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JOHNSON’S® Baby Mums’ Midwife of the Year

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As part of its alliance with The Royal College of Midwives, the makers of JOHNSON’S® Baby want to recognise the people who make bringing babies into the world an amazing experience. Exceptional midwives are very special people – they can calm the most anxious mum-to-be and provide an essential source of reassurance and support. The prestigious JOHNSON’S® Baby Mums’ Midwife of the Year Award is the only national award which allows new mums to nominate outstanding midwives as a special “thank you” for all their support before, during and after birth.

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