Trust midwives surprised with awards from NHS England

Date: 05/05/2023 | Category: News 2023

Deputy Chief Midwifery Officer for NHS England Jessica Read and Deputy Regional Chief Midwife Angela Velinor visited Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust today (21 April). Jessica and Angela met with colleagues from our maternity teams and were shown round our new purpose-built maternity and gynaecology building, the Waddesdon Wing, by Trust Chief Nurse Karen Bonner and Director of Midwifery Heidi Beddall.

At the end of the visit Jessica and Angela surprised four midwives by presenting them with the prestigious Chief Midwifery Officer (CMidO) Silver Award for going above and beyond and demonstrating excellence in their roles supporting women, newborns and families.

Midwife Tracey Martin was nominated for her dedication, expert knowledge and unwavering compassion for every single person. During her 37 year service in the NHS Tracey has mentored students, been a bereavement midwife, community midwife, and supported thousands of pregnant women and their families in the Aylesbury area.

Midwife Chris Sparks was nominated for the significant contribution she has made to the Trust particularly in infant feeding. Chris is the epitome of a midwife, role modelling excellence throughout her 37 year midwifery career and a total of 40 years’ service at the Trust (previously trained as an ICU nurse before becoming a midwife).

Midwife Winsome Dalley was nominated for being an excellent midwife who has dedicated 43 years of her career to midwifery, predominantly in intrapartum care and perineal care. The work she has undertaken in her time at the Trust continues to enhance the care of women today.

Director of Midwifery Heidi Beddall was nominated for her exceptional contribution, not only to the Trust but also her contribution both regionally and nationally to midwifery services.

Tracey, Chris, Winsome and Heidi are the first midwives in the Trust to receive the CMidO Silver Awards.

Chief Nurse for Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust Karen Bonner said: “It’s wonderful to recognise Tracey, Chris, Winsome and Heidi with the CMidO Silver Award. I am immensely proud of these four midwives and thank them for their outstanding contributions to midwifery and maternity services in Buckinghamshire.”

Pictured (left to right): Deputy Chief Midwifery Officer Jessica Read, Director of Midwifery at the Trust Heidi Beddall, Midwife Chris Sparks, Midwife Winsome Dalley, South East Deputy Chief Midwifery Officer Angela Velinor and Chief Nurse Karen Bonner.