A student midwife supporting Rotherham’s mums-to-be and delivering babies has been named as the runner up in a national award.
Rosie Hotchin came second in the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) Student Midwife of the Year award, announced on 3 March.
The awards celebrate excellence in midwifery and share outstanding achievements from across the UK. RCM president Lesley Page said: “All the nominees are real life examples of high quality care and it’s even more important today to demonstrate the excellent midwifery care motivated by compassion, which I believe is encouraged by good leadership and being willing to innovate and improve.”
Rosie, who is 26 this week, lives in Sheffield and is a midwifery student at Sheffield Hallam University (SHU). She works at The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust (TRFT) as part of the team based at Rotherham Hospital.
She received a £500 prize presented by television news presenter Kate Silverton, who took her own midwife, Jenny, as her guest to the ceremony.
Rosie said: “I hope that being shortlisted for this award will be the springboard to a career I am passionate about. I had to give a presentation to the judges in London and explain this passion for ensuring all women and families in our community have access to exceptional care and support throughout their pregnancy and birth journey. Through volunteering I have tried to inspire student midwives and midwives to have the passion, motivation and knowledge to empower all women to have positive birth experience."
“I also talked about how we can ensure that student midwives and staff hold on to that passion and remain motivated to always strive for excellence and innovation in midwifery.”
TRFT Chief Nurse, Tracey McErlain-Burns congratulated Rosie and said: “To be nominated for these awards and have your work recognised by peers is an amazing accolade at the start of your career and it is my pleasure to congratulate Rosie.”
Kath Nakielski, Senior Lecturer in Midwifery at SHU, said: “Rosie is a massive credit to both Rotherham and SHU.”
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Photo caption: LtoR - Denise Helen Linay (RCM head of organising and engagement), Rosie Hotchin, Lesley page (RCM president) and Kate Silverton.
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