Tameside Hospital Midwives win award for Improving Public Health

Published on Monday, 04 February 2013 11:41
Posted by Scott Buckler

Two Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Midwives have been awarded a Slimming World Award for Initiatives in Improving Public Health and Reducing Inequalities

Midwives Rebecca Beggan and Lesley Tones received the award for a ground-breaking perinatal mental health project they pioneered.

The project provided evidence-based, multi-agency coordinated services to meet the need of parents and infants who require support and medical interventions to improve their relationship with their unborn infant and prevent or reduce mental health problems. It provided an early, comprehensive risk assessment for susceptibility to mental health illnesses in parents and infant attachment problems and was accessible to all who need it. It also promoted good infant and parent mental health for residents of Tameside & Glossop, in order to reduce the incidence of early attachment problems and, subsequently, child and adolescent mental health problems.

Lesley Tones said: "It is an honour and a privilege that our maternity services have been recognised as truly outstanding and represents the very best of midwifery today.

"This is testament to the hard work and dedication of the maternity team and recognises the high standard of care that we provide to the women and their families in Tameside and Glossop.  We are immensely proud of staff particularly during challenging times."

Cathy Warwick, chief executive of the Royal College of Midwives, said: "This award highlights the important, innovative and pioneering work being done by Rebecca and Lesley.  I congratulate their perseverance and commitment to the profession. It is important for people to know that midwifery does not stand still. When midwives are given the resources, support and freedom to develop their work, the result is better services, better care and better outcomes for mothers, babies and their families."

Carolyn Pallister, Slimming World's Public Health Manager, who presented the Slimming World sponsored award said: "Getting families off to a healthy start has a huge impact on future health and wellbeing. Slimming World champions healthy eating and sensible weight control in pregnancy and is the only national weight management organisation in the UK to provide specialist support to women before, during and after pregnancy.  We understand that women often feel vulnerable and unsure during pregnancy and being able to provide specialist support can help to alleviate any concerns they have and support them to make a positive and confident start in motherhood."

With the consent and on-going recommendation of their midwife or GP, Slimming World actively works with women to address weight management issues. It makes a significant contribution in raising awareness about this issue in a real and practical way, helping women develop new healthy eating habits and moderate activity routines - through its weekly support groups - and in full support of the work of midwives. This partnership is a natural fit for Slimming World and the RCM, both of whom have the health and wellbeing of women and babies at their heart.

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