Outstanding contribution recognised by Chief Midwifery Officer

Anne Woods (left), Professor Dunkley-Bent (centre) and Yana Richens

The significant and outstanding contribution of a senior midwife and an infant feeding specialist has been recognised by England’s Chief Midwifery Officer.

Professor Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent presented Jacqui Tingle, Director of Professional Nursing and Midwifery, and Kate Rosati, Infant Feeding Specialist, with the prestigious Silver Midwifery Award during a visit to Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

The Chief Midwifery Officer’s silver and gold awards recognise and celebrate midwives who go above and beyond their roles providing excellent care, leadership and inspiration every day to their colleagues, women and their families.

Professor Dunkley-Bent said: “Presenting this award to Jacqui and Kate recognises the outstanding contribution that they have made to the midwifery profession and in particular, infant feeding, and ultimately the lives of women and babies.

“It was an absolute privilege to honour them as fantastic examples of NHS professionalism and care that’s available to more families as part of the NHS Long Term Plan.”

Jacqui, who until recently was the Trust’s Deputy Director of Midwifery, was described in her nomination as a ‘great role model’ who is ‘committed to providing high quality evidence based care.’

Jacqui Tingle and Professor Dunkley-Bent

Kate, the Trust’s Infant Feeding Specialist Midwife, was recognised for her work to help the organisation become one of the first five hospitals in the country to secure the UNICEF’s Baby Friendly Gold Standard.

She has also been instrumental in setting up a number of feeding support clinics, drop-in services and antenatal classes both in the hospital and the community to help new mothers and babies get off to the best start.

Both Jacqui and Kate were credited with contributing towards the Trust’s Maternity Department being rated as ‘Outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission.

Kate Rosati

Louise Stead, Chief Executive, said: “I am absolutely delighted to see Jacqui and Kate recognised for their commitment to midwifery excellence in clinical practice, education and leadership.

“Jacqui has led the maternity team to achieve not only an outstanding CQC rating, but also with the help of team members such as Kate, achieve the UNICEF Baby Friendly Gold standard.

“You’re both

fantastic role models and great examples of what all Royal Surrey staff should aspire to be.”

Professor Dunkley-Bent was joined on her visit to the Trust by Anne Woods, the Deputy Programme Director of the UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative.

Introduced to the UK in 1995 by the World Health Organisation and UNICEF, the Baby Friendly Initiative has become a globally recognised mark of quality care for mothers and babies.

As well as being designed to support breastfeeding, it also re-enforces the importance of building loving and responsive relationships with the infant even before birth.

You can watch a short video of Jacqui and Kate receiving their awards by clicking here.

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