SOUTHAMPTON, 02-Mar-2018 — /EuropaWire/ — Commitment, community and collaboration are all words used to describe University of Southampton student midwife Lucy Price, one of five finalists for the 2018 Pregnacare Award for UK Student Midwife of the Year.
The Award, presented by the Royal College of Midwives (RCM), seeks to recognise an individual who demonstrates vision and leadership potential. The winning finalist will also be recognised for their contribution to the improvement of the student experience whilst studying midwifery, acting as an advocate and role model for fellow students and contributing extra time and effort to midwifery through commitment to the RCM and the development of a Midwifery Society.
Lucy was nominated for demonstrating her great commitment to midwifery and the Southampton programme through the establishment and running of the student midwifery society MidSoc at Southampton.
“The RCM awards are prestigious within the Midwifery world and I am hugely honoured and totally overwhelmed to have been shortlisted,” the 22-year-old, originally from Fareham in Hampshire, enthused. “My passion for midwifery and desire to improve the experiences of current and future students at the University lead me to establish greater society representation for student midwives.
“Establishing MidSoc was important to improve peer support, provide students with a voice to engage within the wider midwifery community, provide opportunities for professional development and networking and create social opportunities to improve cohesion amongst students,” she continued. “MidSoc has been more successful than I could have ever imagined. The committee has worked tirelessly to build foundations and networks with the University, the Princess Anne Hospital and the RCM and I hope it will continue to support and enrich the experiences of student midwives.”
MidSoc provides an environment for students to network, socialise, attend study days and discuss midwifery-specific issues to encourage personal professional development. Under Lucy’s leadership, MidSoc has also collaborated with the charity ‘Kitty’s Dream’, providing students with an opportunity to fundraise and make a difference through their social and professional activities.
“Lucy wanted to ensure that new and existing students felt a sense of belonging, and had the opportunity to access support from peers,” said Midwifery Lecturer Marie Naish who nominated Lucy for the Award. “She has been an excellent role model for student midwives, and prospective students. Her liaison with the midwifery team enables her to advocate for fellow students and ensure the student voice is central to the midwifery curriculum.
“Lucy has set-up MidSoc while maintaining a high level of academic and clinical work, achieving excellent grades,” Naish continued. “Her commitment to the profession is apparent, and she is keen to ensure that the voice of midwives is heard both locally and nationally, acting as an excellent role model for junior students.”
Gill Walton, Chief Executive of the Royal College of Midwives, said: “The standard of entries has been extremely high so to get this far is an outstanding achievement. It shows how much innovation is going on in our maternity services, and how hard midwives, maternity support workers and the wider maternity team are working to deliver the safest and best possible care. I wish Lucy the best of luck at the awards ceremony.”
The winner of this year’s Pregnacare Award will be announced on Tuesday, 6 March at a gala dinner in London.
SOURCE: University of Southampton
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