Theresa Woodward, Matron for Womens’ Outpatient Services and Supervisor of Midwives at The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, was this year’s winner of the ‘Together’ core value award in our PROUD Awards 2015.
Theresa exemplifies everything that the Trust’s Together core value stands for; believing that each member of her team makes a valuable contribution towards delivering excellent patient care. She values professionalism, talks, listens and shows appreciation for how each member of the team support one another.
As part of her role as Matron for Womens Outpatient Services, Theresa is responsible for Community Midwifery, the Greenoaks antenatal and gynaecology clinics, including Diabetes Specialists, Substance Misuse and Antenatal and Newborn Screening, the Sexual Assault Referral Centre and our Integrated Sexual Health Services (GUM and CASH). In addition, Theresa’s duties as a ‘Supervisor of Midwives’ are to give support and guidance to new mothers, the public and the midwives working within the Trust. By supporting the midwives’ practice, she ensures that the care given will benefit both mother and baby, whilst also working to maintain a good, safe standard of midwifery.
Theresa said: “I started working for the Trust as a trainee nurse in 1980, completing my general training in 1983 and midwifery training in 1985 and consider the Trust to be a huge part of my life, even a part of my family. It is a privilege to be able to help our patients, new mothers and the families in Rotherham and it makes me proud to hear when the care we provide is really valued”.
Rosalind Sullivan, Business Partner at the Trust, nominated Theresa for this award. To Theresa, she said: “Congratulations Theresa! Really big well done. If there is anyone deserving of an award for our Trust core values, it is definitely you.”
Theresa was selected as the winner of the Together Award and her nominator described her as a team player through and through. Through her work, Theresa has demonstrated many of our values by taking accountability and ownership where it is needed. Her colleagues identified how she is considered in thinking through decisions and the impact they will have on people and she puts a great deal of thought into this. Theresa has the Trust at the heart of everything she does and is incredibly supportive of her colleagues.
Theresa said: “Our professionalism, the care we provide and the ways which we support each other, are all reasons why I am proud to work at the Trust.
“I was very humbled and very proud to win the Together award and I am grateful to both the person who nominated me and the winners panel for selecting me as the winner. I accepted this award on behalf of all the teams within Family Health, who all work together to maintain safe, effective, patient-centred care. It’s all about team work and recognising each others contributions, within and outside of Family Health and I should like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for this.
“We can rely on each other… what our together core value is all about.” #TRFTProud