Yesterday the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) Annual Midwifery Awards 2019 took place in London, and we’re thrilled to announce that student midwife Katy Ellis from Sheffield Hallam University was named Pregnacare Student Midwife of the Year.
The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) Annual Midwifery Awards 2019
The Royal College of Midwife (RCM) Annual Midwifery Awards have been running since 2004 and aim to reward, share and celebrate outstanding achievements and best practise in midwifery across the UK.
The 13 different awards given out in 2019 recognise the best evidence-based practise projects and the best in team working, as well as the achievements of individual midwives, all making a difference for women, families and newborns.
This year the awards were presented by BBC One Show presenter and soon to be mum-of-two, Alex Jones.
The Pregnacare student midwife of the year award 2019
The Pregnacare student midwife of the year award recognises an individual student midwife who makes an outstanding contribution to their future profession. This accolade is awarded to a student midwife who acts as an advocate for midwifery role model to other students.
This year's finalists were:
- Charlie Francis-Pape from Bournemouth University
- Michelle Potter from Liverpool John Moores University
- Katy Ellis from Sheffield Hallam University
- Olivia Butler from University of Nottingham
- Lauren O'Neill from the University of the West of Scotland
This year’s winner was Katy Ellis, who is President of the Student Midwifery society at Sheffield Hallam and has also assisted in the organisation of study days promoting inter-professional working.
Throughout her time at Sheffield Hallam University Katy has been an ambassador for midwifery education inspiring and supporting many students.
Last summer Katy also further demonstrated her commitment to midwifery by undertaking a voluntary elective placement during the summer break.
Gill Walton Chief Executive and General Secretary at the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) said; “It’s truly inspiring to see student midwives like Katy who are so dedicated and passionate about entering the midwifery profession and who encourage others to do the same.
‘The work Katy has also done to establish a strong midwifery society within the university that runs learning events that are relevant to the world that midwives practice in is so important. It’s also so imperative that we as midwives understand how vital good multi-disciplinary team work is in improving outcomes for both mother and baby and that is why its so fantastic to see student midwives such a Katy organising learning around this area of maternity care.’
Congratulations to Katy and all the finalists
Susanne Bisinotto, from Pregnacare said, ‘Katy is being recognised as the Student Midwife of the Year for representing her cohorts voice and providing a strong support network, driving engagement with other professionals and organisations and leading by example. Katy consistently demonstrates care and commitment in seizing opportunities to make a positive impact for others whilst studying to become a midwife.’
We want to say a huge congratulations to Katy and the other outstanding candidates in the short list for the award, who all demonstrate commitment, dedication and passion to a profession that’s essential at such a key moment in the lives of mothers, families and babies.