Exeter midwife wins national Midwifery award

3 Aug 2021

An Exeter midwife has been awarded the Chief Midwifery Officer’s Silver Award in recognition of her major contribution to supporting vulnerable women and their babies at the Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust (RD&E).

Liz Collins, who began her midwifery career in 1979 and joined the RD&E in 1980, quickly developed an interest in working to supporting the needs of vulnerable women who had a dependence on drugs and alcohol. During her time at the RD&E, she has been instrumental in setting up the RD&E’s Perinatal Service.

The Chief Midwifery Officer’s Silver Award was presented to Liz by Jessica Read, Deputy Chief Midwifery Officer at NHS England/Improvement.

Jo Bassett, Deputy Head of Midwifery at the RD&E, said: “I can think of no other single individual who has had a bigger impact on the delivery of maternity care for Devon’s women with mental health problems than Liz Collins.

“Liz has always had the needs of women and families at the heart of her work; she worked tirelessly to achieve the best outcomes for women who sometimes were experiencing disabling anxiety, severe depression, a restrictive eating disorder or other complicated mental illness. Her dedication to the NHS and the RD&E is staggering and humbling. She is very much deserving of the Chief Midwifery Officer’s Silver award.”

Liz said: “It was an honour to receive this award in recognition of my forty years of service as a midwife at the RD&E and, as I retire, I will always be able to look back and know how well my work was appreciated.

“I have always been an advocate of women, supporting them to have their own voice and have set up services to help women who may find parenting challenging. A big thankyou to all those working within the maternity and allied services that have supported me over the years and for all the great friendships made over this time.”

The Chief Nursing and Chief Midwifery Officer awards have been developed to reward the significant and outstanding contribution made by nurses and midwives in England and their exceptional contribution to nursing and midwifery practice. The silver award recognises performance that goes above and beyond the expectations of the everyday role that the nurse or midwife is expected to perform in their current role.

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