17 January 2013

This year saw a record number of entries and the judges were overwhelmed by the astounding calibre, praising entrants for their achievements and success across all categories. The hospital will find out if it has been successful at a ceremony compared by broadcaster Natasha Kaplinsky in London on January 24.

Tameside Hospital’s Rebecca Beggan, Specialist Midwife with Vulnerable Families and Named Midwife for Safeguarding, and Head of Midwifery Lesley Tones visited the RCM last October where they gave a presentation about the scheme.

Head of Midwifery Lesley Tones said: “The Perinatal Mental Health in Pregnancy project, introduced by Tameside Hospital, involves a multi-disciplinary team that includes early attachment services, mental health teams and children’s centres. The initiative seeks to detect and support parents with mental health concerns when they attend for antenatal care. The aim is to reduce infant attachment problems and any potential future child and adolescent mental health problems. There is a focus on multi-disciplinary training for staff.

“A service user survey suggests that the work being done by the team is proving to be very effective and meets the needs of women, their babies and their families.”

Cathy Warwick, Chief Executive of the RCM, said: “This year we have had a record number of entries for our awards and the standard has been incredibly high, so I congratulate Rebecca and Lesley and their team on getting this far, and wish them luck at the awards ceremony.

“It is so important that midwives and maternity services keep thinking about the services they offer and continue to innovate, as this team/unit has done,  so that they can give the most up to date and beneficial care for women, their babies and their families.”