TIRELESS WORK RECOGNISED
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