Matron Linda Ibbetson nominated
the winning Transitional Care Team Maternity & Neonatal
Services in the Service Improvement Award in this year's staff
awards. Linda explains, "Our team formed to look at how
vulnerable babies are cared for during transitional care. We
wanted a multi professional team approach to safety, quality,
competence and knowledge sharing, ensuring our babies receive the
best possible care and remain with their mothers.
"We realised there was a lot of
work to do so just got on with it. We're currently embedding
our new working practices, training etc and getting positive
feedback. It has been a real team effort, everyone has
contributed and I'm very proud of what we have achieved for the
benefit of the babies in our care and their families."
Sue Jacques, said, "The amount
of work the team readily took on to get this off the ground blew me
away. As we have been presenting the awards, we've heard a
lot about how essential good team working is to being successful
and this is a perfect example of that."
As the team gathered for a
celebratory photograph, the proud father of baby Finn Wright, born
less than two days earlier, readily allowed him to be included -
after all, Finn and babies like him are what the service is all
'Every aspect of my emergency care was dealt with quickly,
efficiently and professionally with full explanations and
compassion from all staff involved'.
Patient, Emergency Department, Darlington Memorial Hospital