Celebrating the brilliance of star Midwife Jane

 
Thursday, 20 September 2018 Celebrating the brilliance of star Midwife Jane

A midwife from Westmorland General Hospital in Kendal has become a winner of a Cavell Star Award. Jane Tomlinson-Wightman, Lead Midwife for Safe Active Birth at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT), was nominated by her team for going above and beyond for her colleagues.

Jane has pioneered the use of Complimentary therapy treatments at UHMBT Maternity such as Aromatherapy, Reflexology and Therapeutic massage for the women in Maternity services including her colleagues.  After a full shift, she attended college in the evenings learning as much as she could about the benefits of Complimentary therapies and their use within the NHS.

Jane’s midwifery team wanted to recognise her for the amazing effort she puts in to making sure her colleagues, women and their families are cared for, so they nominated her for a Cavell Star Award. Midwife and colleague Tamsin Cripps explains,

“Jane realised early on that a calm relaxing birth environment requires calm relaxed staff. In her own time and at her own expense, Jane has trained in reflexology, massage and aromatherapy over the last two years. She now offers relaxing treatments to any staff member who feels stressed, from receptionists to obstetricians. She stays late in the evenings when she's finished her own work and even invites staff to her home treatment room at the weekend.

“And she’s also getting up at 6am every morning to train for The Great North swim to raise money to buy a second birthing pool! She is exhausting to watch but never shows any signs of slowing down or losing her drive to make things better for everyone she comes into contact with. We are so lucky to have Jane!”

Nurses’ charity Cavell Nurses’ Trust run the Cavell Star Awards, in partnership with LloydsPharmacy Clinical Homecare. Nominations are being sought from nursing teams throughout the UK for that special team mate who has shown exceptional care for either their colleagues or their patients and patients’ families. Each Cavell Star Award winner receives a remarkable medal, presentation case and pin badge as well as an invite to attend the special Care & Cake Garden Party in 2019, a celebration of the nation’s nursing professionals.

Jane reacted to winning her Cavell Star Award,

“I’m very proud to win the award” says Jane “Coming from my colleagues, it really means a lot to me. Sometimes we don’t stop and set time aside to care enough for each other.  We carry on giving regardless, during times of work pressures with often stressful situations, but even a smile and a small act of kindness can make all the difference to someone’s day, can’t it?”

“My colleagues mean a lot to me, together we cannot do the job we do without the support of each other. And I just feel I’m giving my gratitude back to me team through offering them these therapies. If we look after our staff members, they in turn will feel willing and able to provide the best possible care for our women and families within Maternity services.”

The Cavell Star Awards are in partnership with LloydsPharmacy Clinical Homecare and sponsored by NEXT, UNISON, NHS Improvement, National Garden Scheme, Health Education England, NHS Professionals, Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps, Alexandra, British Journal of Nursing, The Embassy of Belgium in the UK and Thornbury Nursing Services & Scottish Nursing Guild.

Cavell Nurses’ Trust is the charity that supports UK nurses, midwives and HCAs, both working and retired, when they’re suffering personal or financial hardship often due to illness, disability, older age and domestic abuse. In 2017, the charity received more than 2,200 calls for help.

John Orchard, Chief Executive at Cavell Nurses’ Trust, explains: “Thank you to our partner and wonderful sponsors for making the Cavell Star Awards happen.

“We know there are nursing professionals up and down the country who show exceptional care every day, often in very difficult circumstances and sometimes when their own life is falling apart. You can say a big ‘thank you’ to your colleagues by giving them a Cavell Star Award!”

John continues: “Cavell Nurses’ Trust is here for nurses when they need help, so we are really excited to be launching the Cavell Star Awards as a morale boost for nursing teams working extremely hard in very challenging situations.”

Healthcare professionals wishing to nominate a nurse, midwife or HCA for a Cavell Star Award can find out more at www.cavellstarawards.org


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