The University of the West of Scotland (UWS) has been shortlisted in three categories at this year’s Royal College of Midwives (RCM) Awards including Student Midwife of the Year, Excellence in Midwifery Education and Team of the Year.

Third Year midwifery student, Lauren O’Neill, is up for Student Midwife of the Year which recognises an individual who is making an outstanding contribution to their future profession and the experience of other student midwives through their activism, initiative and leadership.

In addition, UWS’ very own Midwifery Lecturer, Tom McEwan, is nominated for Excellence in Midwifery Education alongside Practice Development Midwife Joanna Greenock. The award relates to NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s Neonatal Transitional Care Education Group led by Joanna and of which Tom is a key member. The groupworks with clinical colleagues to develop their transitional care education package for midwives.


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In being shortlisted in this category, the award recognises a team of midwifery educators who are able to demonstrate innovation, dynamism, commitment and enthusiasm for education to benefit student midwives, midwives or maternity support workers.

And finally, completing the trio of nominations, UWS’ Midwifery team is in the running for Team of the Year and is the only non-clinical shortlisted nominee for this award. This award category recognises a team that is able to demonstrate safety, partnership and leadership through excellent inter-professional team working. To be shortlisted, the team has exemplified an innovative and consistently high quality approach to the provision of care to women, their babies and families.

Gill Walton, Chief Executive of the Royal College of Midwives (RCM), said: “The standard of entries has been extremely high, so to get this far is an outstanding achievement. The entries show 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 safe, high quality care to women, their babies and families. I wish UWS the best of luck at the awards ceremony in March.”

Professor Craig Mahoney, Principal and Vice Chancellor, UWS said: “The RCM Awards celebrate the midwifery profession’s best and brightest talent, recognising those who push the boundaries of excellence. To be nominated for not one, but three, national awards is a huge achievement and I want to pass on my sincere congratulations to each and every member of the midwifery team here at UWS for their hard work and dedication. These are tremendous accolades and highlight the first-rate midwifery education available at UWS.”

Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on Tuesday 5 March at The Brewery in London.