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  1. The President’s Award for Supervisors of Midwives NEW
  2. The RCM Awards for Partnership Working
  3. JOHNSON’S® Baby Award for Evidence into Practice
  4. The RCM i-learn Maternity Support Worker Award
  5. Pampers Student Travel Award
  6. NMSF Award for Bereavement Care
  7. Slimming World Award for Public Health
  8. Philips AVENT Award for Innovation in Midwifery
  9. Pregnacare Award for Excellence in Maternity Care
  10. The Evidence Based Midwifery Journal for Promoting Normality
  11. Lansinoh Award for Team of the Year
  12. Thompsons Members’ Champion Award
  13. Mothercare Award for Maternity Service of the Year
  14. The Midwives magazine Mentor of the Year
  15. JOHNSON’S® Baby Mum’s Midwife of the Year

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The President’s Award for Supervisors of Midwives NEW
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Eligible: A Supervisor of Midwives
Entry or Nominated: 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 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

Click here to download the nomination form for this category

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The RCM Award for Partnership Working

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Eligible: 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

Click here to download the entry form for this category

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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 will be 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

Click here to download the entry form for this category

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The RCM i-learn Maternity Support Worker Award

 

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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:
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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 will be 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

Click here to download the nomination form for this category

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Pampers Student Travel Award

 

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Eligible: Any RCM Student member
Entry or nominated: Entry

This award  provides a  travel bursary for a student midwife (or pair of students) currently undertaking courses leading to midwifery registration, to gain experience of the organisation of maternity services and midwifery services in a different setting to the one the student midwife is familiar with. This scholarship provides a unique opportunity to assist a student midwife or group of students to undertake a carefully planned elective placement away from the normal educational and practice environment. This may be in a UK or overseas area.

The elective must be undertaken before qualification, and the end of the student’s education programme.  The submission needs to include the rationale for the elective placement, background information about the proposed placement, how will it benefit the development of midwifery knowledge and practice, timescale and costs.  Electives cannot be funded retrospectively.

The judges are looking for:

  • A strong motivated rationale for the choice of the particular placement
  • A well researched plan with clear learning and development objectives
  • A good understanding of global health issues applied to midwifery practice
  • Ideas for sharing the key learning from the experience with fellow students afterwards
  • A realistic assessment of travel costs

Click here to download the entry form for this category

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NMSF Award for Bereavement Care

 

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Eligible: Any RCM member midwife
Entry of 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 with at least five years experience to undertake education and training into bereavement care with the aim of improving care to women and families.

The course of studies may equip the midwife to provide support through bereavement counselling, or through staff development activities.  Once qualified, 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 is distributed and what changes it has enabled.  Alternatively the midwife may wish to have existing work and achievements recognized and supported for the future.

The judges will be 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 the training need which,  if fulfilled, 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 training bursary
  • Provides explanation of any existing skills or strengths that will be improved and honed through the training

Click here to download the entry form for this category

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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
  • Implementation, evaluation and dissemination strategies to move the initiative into wider practice

Click here to download the entry form for this category

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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 a 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.

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 – (eg the Department of Health (England) Any Other Qualified Provider)

Click here to download the entry form for this category 

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Pregnacare Award for Excellence in Maternity Care

 

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Eligible: 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

Click here to download the form for this category

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The Evidence Based Midwifery Journal Award for Promoting Normality

 

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Eligible: Any RCM member
Entry or nominated: Entry

This award focuses on initiatives taken to minimise intervention and promote normality through the childbearing pathway for women and their babies. The project needs to reflect changes in provision of care during antenatal, labour and postnatal periods, and the holistic needs of the mother, baby and family throughout.

The initiative may be developed within a midwifery led unit, consultant unit or home birth/community setting.

The judges are looking for:

  • A well thought through rationale for the initiative
  • Detail of the process of implementation
  • Comparative data e.g. improvement in normal birth rates and other normality measures – locally and nationally
  • Potential for transferability to other units or areas of practice
  • The effect on the care and support of women, their babies and families, and their short and long term well being
  • A consideration of how this could be transmitted to students and junior staff
  • Cost-effectiveness and sustainability

Click here to download the entry form for this category

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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

Click here to download the form for this category

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Thompsons Members’ Champion Award

 

 thompsons logoEligible: Any RCM workplace representative or branch officer (or branch)
Entry or nominated: Nominated
Eligible to nominate: RCM 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.Anchor

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

Click here to download the nomination form for this category

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Mothercare Award for Maternity Service of the Year

 

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This will not be open for member nomination through the website this year.

Nominations will be put forward by RCM regional/national officers. The Head of Midwifery will then be invited to present to the judging panel.

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 a 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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The Midwives magazine Mentor of the Year

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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

Click here to download the nomination for this category

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JOHNSON’S® Baby Mum’s 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 children 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 JOHNSON’S® Baby brand may have helped care for over a billion babies, but midwives have helped you with the hardest part

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