Midwives Shortlisted for National Award

Friday, 23 September 2016

A team of midwives from North Bristol Trust have been shortlisted for the 2016 Nursing Times Awards.

The team from Maternity Services, based at Southmead Hospital, have been shortlisted in the Clinical Research Nursing category.

The team’s work to increase the participation of mums in clinical trials has seen them attract over 1000 women across three studies; drugs in the third stage labour, surgical wound dressing and placental growth hormone.

A team of North Bristol NHS Trust midwives have been shortlisted for a Nursing Times Award

As well as increasing engagement with women using our maternity services, the team have also experienced an improvement in team working and morale. 

North Bristol NHS Trust Director of Midwifery, Lisa Marshall, said: “I am extremely proud of the midwifery team working within the research multi-professional team at NBT. The midwives support the research culture and have been pivotal to delivering research successfully, embedding research in the clinical area spreading enthusiasm to staff and women in the service.”

The project, titled ‘Midwives Deliver Research’, looked into how research enables women and their families to find their voice within the hospital setting, and has helped embed research within the clinical area.

Midwife Susan Hughes said: “The future of research is reliant on research becoming everyone’s responsibility in the same way everyone is now responsible for infection control, falls management and safeguarding, etc. One day every nurse, midwife, allied health professional and medic will view research as a central part of their everyday activities, essential to their delivery of care. Our team has proved this can happen.”

The project has encouraged partnership working across multiple NHS trusts within the area, meaning expectant mothers within the West of England will have the opportunity to participate in research.

Winners of the Nursing Times Awards will be announced at a ceremony on 26 October at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.