Buckingham and Aylesbury community midwives honoured with Alison Heffernan award
Two community midwives at Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust were given the Alison Heffernan award, celebrating excellence in maternity services.
The joint winners, Hannah Tuson and Becca France, were voted for by women and families who have had a baby under the care of the Trust in the last year.
One woman said of Hannah, who works across the Aylesbury area: “Perhaps Hannah did only what was expected of her in her role as a midwife but to me the support she provided went above anything I imagined – an angel in disguise.”
Another voter stated that she refused to move, while she was still considering further children, in order to stay under Becca’s care around Buckingham.
She said: ‘Becca was a constant support who went above and beyond during my pregnancy. She made me feel like she always had time for me which I knew she did not have and like I was her only patient when she was incredibly busy. I also trusted her knowledge and capability completely.”
Heidi Beddall, Director of Midwifery at the Trust, said, “We are all immensely proud of Hannah and Becca. They really embody the safe, personalised, compassionate midwifery care we strive to provide to women and their families.”
The awards were set up in memory of the late Alison Heffernan, Chair of the Maternity Services Liaison Committee which is now the Bucks Maternity Voices Partnership (Bucks MVP).