Awards , Achievements and Presentations

Public Speaking and Publications

March 2014 presented at UCLAN Passionate Midwifery Forum  ‘Skin to skin at Caesarean section’
May 2014 part of the RCM Better Births Colloquium Group – presented on the “value of social media in preparation for the RCM Conference”
June 2014 I presented at The Breastfeeding conference in Manchester on skin to skin for all types of birth
Sept 2014 presented for NHS England at Midwives and Mothers Matter Event for North East Clinical Networks in conjunction with RCM
November 2014 my poster on skin to skin contact at Caesarean sectio was accepted for display at RCM conference
February 2015 I was involved in NHS Change Day with my skin to skin story
April 2015 my work on skin to skin contact at caesarean section was presented as part of Module 4 in School for Health and Care Radicals
May 2015 I presented in a Webinar for NHS England on “Midwife Led Birth Centres: their role in the future of healthcare”
June 2015 I was co-published with Jane Cummings in British Journal of Health Care Assistants
June 2015 I presented at the Breastfeeding Festival in Manchester
July 2015 Presented at Aspire To Inspire – Sheffield Midwifery SocietyHallam University
October 2015 I presented at Physiological Birth Conference in Wigton, Cumbria to NHS midwives
November 2015 I presented at RCM Student Midwives Conference in Telford
March 2016 I presented at The World Health Innovation Summit in Carlisle on facilitating skin to skin and the challenges this entails
April 2016 Presented at The University Of Salford at The Future of Midwifery Conference

May 2016 presented at Wigan Warrington and Leigh NHS trust at Infant Feeding practices Conference
May 2016 presented at Chesterfield CCG as part of my Caremakers Role about how my role as a midwife encompasses the 6Cs

May 2018

Future events

September 2018

UCLAN Back to Basics – presented about Immediate Care of the Woman & Newborn plus how to care for Future Midwives so that they may feel nourishes & grow

Coventry Midwifery Society – Coventry University

We are only Human – presented about professional envy how to overcome it/ how to be kind to colleagues plus why the humanity of SkinToSkin contact

Thornton Little Theatre

SkinToSkin and how to make sure it happens at a birth near you ”

June 2019

Presented as a plenary speaker at Old Trafford Footbsll Ground for the North West Maternity Forum on Leadership and Change management

The day was chaired by Sue Macdonald and hosted by The Maternity & Midwifery Forum

Awards and Achievements

June 2011 Midwife of the Year Blackpool NHS FT Teaching Hospital

October 2014 invited to Downing St by Prime Minister (to celebrate work of health care professionals) – due to my skin to skin campaign

December 2016 II was placed 16th in a list of 100 NHS Boatrockers in a social media review

July 2015 Runner Up Kate Granger Care and Compassion Award Individual Category presented at NHSExpo in Manchester

June 2015 Midwife of the Year Blackpool NHS FT Teaching Hospital

November 2015 Shortlisted for Employee of the Year Blackpool NHS FT Teaching Hospital
November 2015 Runner Up Unsung Hero Award Blackpool NHS FT Teaching Hospital

July 2018 Named in Top 70 NHS Stars List to celebrate NHS 70th Birthday by public vote at NHS Confederations NHS Top 70 Stars 25th June 2019

Shortlisted into Midwife Achievement Award and later Presented a Commendation Award at The Northern 2019 Maternity and Midwifery Festival for outstanding achievement and commitment in the maternity and midwifery services

Published Articles

Sept 2014 article published in Nursing Standard – The First Embrace about skin to skin at caesarean

June 2015 co-published with Jane Cummings in British Journal of Health Care Assistants in an article about Courage which was written as a result of my blog on courage –

June 2015 collaborative article on ‘achieving skin to skin at caesarean section’ published in Practising Midwife (link)

September 2015 my book review of Sheila Kitzingers autobiography was published in The Nursing Times

January 2016 I wrote an article on TIME for the viewpoint column in The Practising Midwife

February 2016 I co-published an article with Teresa Chinn MBE founder of WeNurses called “Socially Visible Midwives” in The Practising Midwife


Reviewed “Open My Eyes – that I may see marvellous things ” by Alice Allan

Book review of A Passion For Birth by Sheila Kitzinger – published in the Nursing Times