Two medics have been recognised for their outstanding contributions to midwifery in England.
King’s College Hospital midwives Jill Demilew and Mary Dehinbo have been presented with Chief Midwifery Officer awards.
Consultant Midwife Jill, who received the Gold award, was recognised for addressing health inequalities and improving access to healthcare for the most vulnerable women in South London.
Jill has applied different models of care within the community to get the very best outcomes for the most disadvantaged.
She has influenced and informed health policy consultations and briefings for MPs, which has directly resulted in improving care for women.
Jill has been fundamental in implementing continuity of care models so that women have the same group of midwives supporting them throughout their pregnancy, labour, birth and postnatal care.
The model established at King’s College Hospital has been used as an exemplar across the South West Local Maternity System. Jill also holds a strong belief in the importance of building trusting relationships with women and supporting them to manage loss, grief and trauma.
Mary Dehinbo, newly appointed Consultant Midwife, was presented with the Silver award for making positive changes to the labour ward whilst on secondment.
She was instrumental in setting up a telephone assessment line, which enhanced the triage process for women in labour calling the department and freed up time for midwives to provide care on the ward.
Mary has also implemented wireless fetal monitoring, which has improved the standard of care for women.
Pictured top: King’s College Hospital
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