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Midwife shortlisted for prestigious award

1 February 2016

A senior midwife from Sherwood Forest Hospitals has reached the final of the UK's most prestigious midwifery awards.

Community Midwife Sally Goodwin has been shortlisted in the Champion Award category at the coveted Royal College of Midwives (RCM) Annual Midwifery Awards 2016. The award recognises initiative, enthusiasm and dedication in promoting the work of the RCM, and making a difference for members of the RCM in the workplace.

Sally was only one of four to make the final shortlist in that category. She was nominated for working over and above to ensure all learning needs of maternity staff are met, and for actively providing one-to-one advice, guidance, information and signposting to relevant learning opportunities. This support guarantees women, babies and their families receive quality midwifery care.

This achievement is in addition to Sally's success at being awarded Sherwood Forest Hospitals' Midwife of the Year in June 2015. Sally received this special honour for actively promoting normal childbirth and working tirelessly to deliver and enhance the birth experience of local women.

An advocate for improving maternity care, Sally also recently spent her free time in a Kenyan birth centre supporting pregnant women in poverty surroundings; helping to provide them with a positive and safe birth experience.

Alison Whitham, Head of Midwifery at Sherwood Forest Hospitals, said: "We are delighted that Sally's dedication and commitment has been recognised. To be shortlisted for a national award is something to be very proud of.

"Sally has made a significant impact on education that has led to improvements in care for women and their babies at the Trust."

Sally, who will find out if she has won at an awards ceremony in March, said: "It's a real privilege to be shortlisted for this award and to receive recognition for doing a job that I love, which I find so rewarding."

Professor Cathy Warwick CBE, Chief Executive, RCM, said: "These awards are a gift that keeps giving – providing inspiration, evidence sharing and publicity for midwifery throughout the year."


Board of Directors meeting – 28 January 2016

25 January 2016

Members of the public and stakeholders are invited to Sherwood Forest Hospitals' next Board of Directors meeting, taking place at King's Mill Hospital on Thursday 28 January from 10.30am.

The Trust holds Board meetings each month to discuss quality and safety, finances and plans for the future. The meetings are chaired by Sean Lyons, Trust Chairman.

Amongst the topics on this month's agenda are:

· Patient story

· Integrated performance report

· Quality improvement plan update

· Quality and safety report

· Patient experience report.

The meeting will be held in Board Room 1, Level 1, King's Mill Hospital, Mansfield Road, Sutton in Ashfield, Notts, NG17 4JL.

A copy of the agenda and papers will shortly be available on the Trust's internet site:


Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust plans to make improvements through a new long term partnership

Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is making plans to form a long term partnership with another NHS hospitals trust in order to create a larger, combined organisation and to help make necessary sustainable improvements to its services for patients.  At this time the Trust, and its national regulator Monitor, are currently in talks with both Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust about how a long term partnership might benefit local people.


The discussions are exploring how each potential partner could help Sherwood Forest Hospitals address the issues raised by the Care Quality Commission in its recent report.   Peter Herring, the Trust’s Interim Chief Executive, explained:

“Our goal is to provide consistently safe, high quality and financially sustainable services for local people.  Whilst we are already making good progress in addressing the concerns raised by the Care Quality Commission’s report, we believe we could make more rapid progress and improvements by formally combining with another NHS organisation.  We have explored a number of options and scenarios, and now believe this gives us the best chance of achieving our goal.

“A long term partnership will allow our hospitals to benefit from a stable leadership team and their strong working practices. The partnership will also improve our ability to recruit into key medical and nursing posts. Crucially, it will quickly improve the quality of services we provide, by giving clinical support in areas where we need it most.  Whatever the shape of the future organisational arrangements the majority of services will continue to be provided locally from our hospitals.”

Peter Herring continued: “Each potential partner offers credible solutions for Sherwood Forest Hospitals so a rigorous selection process is underway to make sure we choose the best partner for the Trust, our patients, staff and local communities.  We hope to be able to announce our preferred partner and the next steps in this process in mid-February.”

Please click here for more information

Please click here to read the frequently asked questions document around the long term partnership arrangement.

Keep warm and keep well

Keeping warm over winter can help prevent colds and flu, as well as more serious conditions such as heart attacks, strokes, pneumonia and depression.

Even if you are not in one of the vulnerable groups, check on those who could be at risk. Check that their home is warm and that they have sufficient supplies of food and medicine.

If you're worried about a relative or an elderly neighbour, contact your local council or ring the Age UK helpline on 0800 169 2081.

It is recommended that you keep you main living room between 18 and 21 degrees Celsius, and the rest of the house not below 16 degrees.  Also:

- Use a hot-water bottle or electric blanket (but not both at the same time) to keep warm while you're in bed
- Eat well - food is a vital source of energy, which helps to keep your body warm
- Keep active in your home if you are able to
- Layer your clothing to stay warm and wear shoes with a good grip if you need to go outside.

Please use emergency services wisely

 If you feel your case is an emergency, then you must attend an Emergency Department or call 999. Significant illnesses or injuries such as suspected broken bones, chest pain, blackouts, difficulty breathing or blood loss are classed as emergencies.

Very minor accidents and illnesses which don't need emergency treatment include bruises, grazes, the common cold, and young, fit people who have flu or winter vomiting bug. Those suffering these should take advice from their GP, local pharmacist or out of hours service in the first instance.

Local pharmacies can also provide confidential, expert advice and treatment for a range of common illness and
complaints, including flu.




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