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A NEW award was pre­sented to a Bucks ma­ter­nity care as­sis­tant to cel­e­brate the ‘tire­less’ work she does.

Buck­ing­hamshire ma­ter­nity care as­sis­tant Julie Hol­land, 48, from Wal­ters Ash, was pre­sented with a award at a cer­e­mony at Chesham Town Hall re­cently in recog­ni­tion of her work in im­prov­ing women’s ex­pe­ri­ences of ma­ter­nity care at Stoke Man­dev­ille Hos­pi­tal.

Named af­ter the for­mer long-stand­ing chair of Buck­ing­hamshire’s Ma­ter­nity Ser­vices Li­ai­son Com­mit­tee (MSLC), Ali­son Heffernan, who died last year, the award recog­nises an ‘out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tion in the com­mu­nity’ and was pre­sented to Ms Hol­land by Ali­son’s hus­band, Kevin.

In March and April this year, Buck­ing­hamshire’s MSLC vis­ited 16 Ac­tion for Chil­dren cen­tres in the county to col­lect feed­back from women on their ex­pe­ri­ences of an­te­na­tal, birth and post­na­tal care.

As part of that pro­ject, nom­i­na­tions were col­lected for some­body from Buck­ing­hamshire Health NHS Trust who de­served spe­cial recog­ni­tion.

Or­gan­ised by the MSLC, with sup­port from Ac­tion for Chil­dren and NHS Ayles­bury Vale and NHS Chiltern Clin­i­cal Com­mis­sion­ing Groups, the award cer­e­mony was held af­ter a day of train­ing for com­mit­tee mem­bers.

The oc­ca­sion was also used to cel­e­brate Mrs Heffernan’s life and work.

Cur­rent chair­man of the MSLC Kathryn Maintzer, said: “Ma­ter­nity care work­ers can make such a great dif­fer­ence to the lives of new moth­ers and their ba­bies, of­ten when they are phys­i­cally and emo­tion­ally ex­hausted, and may need to share their chal­lenges with an em­pathic and ded­i­cated per­son. Julie is a fantastic and hugely car­ing role model of th­ese qual­i­ties and it was a real plea­sure to present her with this award for her tire­less work, par­tic­u­larly as it also let us hon­our the mem­ory of Ali­son Heffernan, who made such a tremen­dous con­tri­bu­tion to ma­ter­nity ser­vices in Buck­ing­hamshire and who we all miss very much.”

Ms Hol­land said: “Thank you to ev­ery­one who nom­i­nated me, I’m very hum­bled by all the kind words and de­lighted to re­ceive an award for do­ing the job I love.”

Hon­our: Ma­ter­nity care as­sis­tant Julie Hol­land was pre­sented with the new Ali­son Heffernan award

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