Midwife of the Year 2012
Three's the magic number for Tameside Hospital midwives
26 April 2012

Tameside Hospital has notched up an awards hat-trick.

For the third year running, the hospital has seen its midwives make it to the shortlist of the Midwifery Practice Awards, with three of them set to attend the prestigious finals 2012 in London.

Karen Murray and Gill Singleton have both been nominated for the Midwife of the Year award while their colleague, Emma Ellison has been nominated for an Excellence in Supervision award.

All three are set to attend the ceremony in London on May 3, which is run by run by MA Healthcare and the British Journal of Midwifery.

Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust’s Head of Midwifery Lesley Tones said: “This is a fantastic achievement for Tameside Hospital. We have an incredibly talented group of midwives working at this hospital and it is extremely rewarding for them to realise their dedication is recognised in the wider community.

“We are all very proud of them and these nominations show that the midwives who work here are at the very top of their field, delivering an extremely high standard of care to our mums and their families.”

Karen Murray
Karen Murray is the Antenatal Screening Midwife at Tameside Hospital and has been nominated for the Midwife of the Year award.

Karen has been a midwife for 25 years, working her way through the ranks and took up the role of Antenatal Screening Midwife in 2009. She provides midwifery support for the foetal medicine service which deals with women and their families when potential abnormalities have been detected at ante natal screening.

Lesley said: “The service which Karen offers is responsive to the needs of women and their families during a time of extreme anxiety and distress. She provides a thread of continuity and support during the screening and diagnostic processes through to the end of pregnancy.

“Karen strives at all times to give women and their families the highest level of care at all times and goes the extra mile or three, giving of herself without question. She does this in an unassuming way. Karen is a role model that every midwife should aspire to.”

Gill Singleton
Gill has also been nominated for the Midwife of the Year award by her Supervisor of Midwives, Carole Proteus at Manchester University.

Gill has worked at Tameside Hospital as a midwife since she qualified in 1999. She successfully completed a master’s degree whilst working on the central delivery suite at Tameside and was awarded a masters degree in clinical research in 2011 from the University of Manchester.  She has since developed and strengthened her research profile to support evidence based practice.

Gill is currently the local principal investigator for the Healthy Eating and Lifestyle in Pregnancy (HELP) study being undertaken by Cardiff University. And so far she has recruited 29 women with a raised BMI in pregnancy to join Slimming World the aim being to reduce weight gain in pregnancy.

Nominating Gill, Carole Proteus said: “It is my pleasure to nominate a grass roots midwife who is making a significant difference to practice for the benefit of women and midwives alike. As well as being a proactive Supervisor of Midwives, Gill is a respected member of the multidisciplinary team at Tameside Hospital. As a strong advocate for women’s choice, Gill is keen to promote and maintain normality, by empowering and supporting midwives.”

Gill has strong links with Manchester University and is a regular mentor to students.

Emma Ellison
Emma Ellison, one of Tameside Hospital’s Supervisor of Midwives, has been nominated for an Excellence in Supervision award.

Emma has been a midwife at Tameside Hospital since she completed her midwifery training 15 years ago. She has worked in the community and was appointed as a Supervisor of Midwives in 2010.

“Emma is an absolute asset to the team,” said Lesley Tones, Head of Midwifery, “she has always been committed to woman-centred care and feels that the views of the women here are really important to build upon and improve the services we provide.”

Emma was nominated for her work to devise and pilot a questionnaire to gain the views of women and raise the profile of supervision in midwifery.