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Announcing our 2018 Iolanthe Award Winners

5 May 2018

Sheena Byrom OBE, chair of the trustees, has announced the midwives and students who have gained awards from the Iolanthe Midwifery Trust.

"We are delighted to announce, on the International Day of the Midwife, our Iolanthe award winners this year. We had a record number of entries this year, and as always we found many worthy projects to fund. This year we are pleased to have been able to offer our Midwifery Research Fellowship which is a significant award to help a midwifery student write up their PhD research. Congratulations to all our winners and we look forward to seeing you at the Awards Ceremony in September to celebrate your success!"

The 9 Student Winners are:

Bethan Keepin, studying at Cardiff University, is undertaking an elective placement in Kerala, India.

Claire Axcell, a student midwife from the University of Greenwich, will be training as a Mellow Parenting practitioner to support local vulnerable populations.

Emilee Lowis, from the University of Nottingham, will be taking an elective placement in Powys, Wales to work in a midwife-led birth centre.

Karen Stirling, a student midwife from the University of the West of Scotland, will be undertaking British Sign Language Training to help support deaf women and their families in her practice.

Kelly Turner, King's College London, will use her award to fund an elective placement in Hue, Vietnam.

Laura Cowell, studying at the London Southbank University, is travelling to take up an elective placement in Madina Salam, The Gambia.

Lisa Snow, University of Greenwich, is attending a traumatic birth recovery training course to help support women postnatally.

Pille-Riin Kulla, a student midwife from the University of Southampton, will be doing an elective placement in The Philippines.

Rebecca Spencer, studying at the University of Central Lancashire, will be using her funds to travel to a elective placement with Knowledge4Change, Uganda.

The 10 Midwife Award Winners are: 

Emma Mathews, working at the Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Trust, will be attending EMDR accredited training, to help perinatal women affected by traumatic birth.

Gayani Raheem, a midwife from Lewisham & Greenwich NHS Trust, is using her funding to develop antenatal education classes for teenage parents.

Heather Gallagher, a midwife based at Northampton, is using her award for an innovative project to optimise the wellbeing of midwives using psychological first aid and peer support through Professional Midwifery Advocates.

Jessica Atoklo, a midwife from Heart of England Foundation Trust, is studying for an MRes in public health.

Jill Lamb, who works at Wirral University Teaching Hospital, will be attending a course in maternal substance misuse to enhance her role as a substance use midwife.

Julie Beeson, based at Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, will use her award to fund her attendance on a course module in diabetes In pregnancy.

Marie Lewis, a midwife from Powys Teaching Health Board, is implementing aromatherapy in maternity care service with her award.

Rachel Gallimore, a midwife from Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, will use her award to enable her to investigate the implementation of hypoglycaemia guidelines and neonatal outcomes.

Shelly Jones, from Powys Teaching Health Board, will be using her funding to attend a Certified Birth Trauma Resolution Practitioner Course.

Victoria Wilkins, based at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, will be attending aromatherapy and massage courses for midwives to support women and train other midwives

The Midwifery Research Fellowship goes to:

Joanne Welsh, registered for a PhD at the University of Salford and undertaking an action research study supporting midwives to understand antimicrobial stewardship in the Kabarole district of Uganda.

The Jean Davies Award for addressing maternal health inequalities is to go to:

Emily Brace, based at Cardiff & Vale University Health Board, who is using her funds to launch Wales's First Specialist Midwifery Led FGM Pilot Clinic. Emily also won the Ann Stewart Award, given at the discretion of the Trustees for commitment to midwifery practice.

The Elizabeth Duff Award for supporting the midwife-mother relationship is awarded to:

Jilly Ireland, based at Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, for her work supporting healthy relationships between midwives and women and their families using self-efficacy techniques and training for debriefing and motivational interviewing.