Last week at London’s Local Supervising Authority (LSA) conference, the Supervision of Midwifery team at Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust saw off the competition to pick up the award for ‘Team of the Year’.
For the past three years the Supervision of Midwifery team have worked to implement specific service improvement projects in Kingston’s maternity department, to raise the standards and quality of care for local women and their families. In 2013, the team implemented the ‘Advocacy and birth after thoughts service’ and have worked closely with local clinical governance professionals to ensure that the midwives’ practices are of the highest standard.
The Advocacy and birth after thoughts service includes a weekly clinic, where women are invited to meet with a Supervisor of Midwives to plan their baby’s birth, or to discuss their childbirth experience. This service offers a personalised communication with the women and their families, and home visits are offered if needed. The overall aim of the service is to provide support to families and improve the way our midwives communicate. This, in turn, enhances women’s individual experiences to ensure safety and equality in the care that they receive.
Demand for the service has increased every year, since it was implemented in 2015, with referrals coming in from a wide range of sources including GPs, obstetricians, doulas, partners and self-referrals. The service has become very well respected among health professionals and has had a hugely positive impact on women and their families.
Gina Brockwell, Director of Midwifery at Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, said: “I am delighted that our amazing Supervision of Midwifery team have won this award; it is extremely well deserved. We’ve had so much positive feedback from the women attending the service and it is clear the impact on them has been exceptional.”