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Racheal receives Chief Midwifery Officer Award

29 November 2022

Five women stand in an office facing the camera and smiling. The woman in the centre – Racheal, the recipient of the award – holds a bunch of flowers and the award badge. Two of the women – Kelly and Katy - wear black and red trimmed senior nurse uniforms, while the other three, Racheal, Claire and Kirsty wear smart casual clothing.  

One of our Maternity Support Workers has received a Chief Midwifery Officer Award for her hard work and dedication.

The award recognises excellence and on Friday, 25 November, Racheal Crane was presented with the award badge by our former Head of Midwifery Kirsty Cater during a nurse leader virtual event.

The Chief Midwifery Officer Awards have been developed to reward the significant and outstanding contribution made by midwives in England and has been extended to recognise the exceptional contributions of maternity support workers (MSWs). The awards are presented on behalf of the current Chief Midwifery Officer for England, Professor Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent.

MSWs have to meet criteria including consistently demonstrating the values of the NHS, delivering the highest standards of patient care, ensuring patient respect and dignity, contributing to the development of services, building good relationships with patients and championing equality and inclusion.

Racheal was nominated for the award by Claire Whitehouse, a colleague at the James Paget, who praised Racheal as ‘one of the most inspiring people’. The nomination was supported by both Kirsty Cater and our Chief Nurse Paul Morris. 

Our photo shows Racheal - centre, holding the award badge and flowers that were also presented to her - with Claire Whitehouse, Senior Nurse for Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions Research (right), Kirsty Cater (second from left), our new Head of Midwifery Kelly Stevens (left) and Consultant Midwife Katy Dogbey (second right).