The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust’s Dotty Watkins, Head of Quality and Governance – Maternity, has
won a Gold Award from NHS England’s Chief Midwifery Officer for her services to
The Gold Award recognises midwives in England for their
lifetime achievement and exceptional contribution to midwifery practice.
The news was revealed on International Day of the Midwife
on 5 May, when Dotty was surprised in a Zoom call with the Chief Midwifery
Officer, Professor Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent, and presented with the medal from
Claire Keegan, Deputy Regional Maternity Lead.
Professor Dunkley-Bent said Dotty was awarded the Chief
Midwifery Officer Award for her unwavering, innovative, steadfast, expert
contribution to midwifery, maternity, and most importantly mums, babies and
their families, in a career spanning 40 years.
Claire Keegan said: “The Gold Award is awarded for
outstanding achievements and performance demonstrated by a midwife in their
sphere of practice. The award recognises the exceptional contribution by
an individual with a distinguished career in midwifery.
“Dotty Watkins was nominated for this award because she is
a role model for others, achieving the highest standard in her area of clinical
practice and as a midwifery leader has made a significant contribution to the
quality of care received by women and their families, organisations and all the
colleagues and teams she has worked with.”
Dotty said receiving the award was a surreal moment. “This
International Day of the Midwife is one I shall always remember.
“I was invited to a special
Heads of Midwifery meeting at lunchtime and I was happy to sit in. In a Zoom
call, Professor Dunkley-Bent encouraged us all to celebrate the day and the
difference that as midwives we make to the lives of women and families. She
proceeded to state that she was going honour a very special midwife. She
started to talk about the midwife’s achievements and I wondered who it could
be. I realised that I had done some of the things that she was referring to and
then it dawned on me that she was talking about my achievements and was going
to honour me.
recalled things that I had forgotten I had achieved. My colleagues at the
meeting had very kind words to say about me. Then the Deputy Chief Regional
Midwife came off the screen and into the room to present the Gold Award,
ensuring it was COVID secure.
was rather surreal. I was proud, disbelieving and humbled all at the same time.
It was a real honour. I have been privileged to do a job that I have loved and
been able to make a difference to the care of mothers and babies. It has
certainly been great to work at Rotherham with a superb team. My thanks to all
who feel that I have excelled at a job that I love.”
The Trust’s Chief Nurse, Angela Wood, said Dotty is an
inspiration to her colleagues.
“We are lucky to have such an excellent and experienced
professional working at our Trust. She is a fantastic role model to our
colleagues and this award is very well-deserved.
“Congratulations to Dotty and thank you for bringing your
expertise to Rotherham and helping us provide excellent Midwifery services to