Out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tion to mid­wifery is recog­nised

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A MID­WIFE at Wex­ham Park has re­ceived a na­tional award from the Royal Col­lege of Mid­wives (RCM).

Ger­gana Nikolova has been awarded an RCM fel­low­ship as a recog­ni­tion for her out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tion to mid­wifery and ma­ter­nity ser­vices.

She has been at the heart of the development of the vul­ner­a­ble moth­ers team at her trust to en­sure these women re­ceived the best pos­si­ble care.

Her pas­sion is to en­sure that all moth­ers, re­gard­less of back­ground, have ac­cess to equal an­te­na­tal ed­u­ca­tion and ma­ter­nity care.

She also takes a lead­er­ship role in im­prov­ing the care and ex­pe­ri­ence of black, Asian and eth­nic mi­nor­ity (BME) moth­ers.

Her lat­est project is an on­line an­te­na­tal and post­na­tal ed­u­ca­tion strat­egy to en­hance safe and ev­i­dence based ma­ter­nity care for BME women, which has re­ceived wide recog­ni­tion.

She was awarded the pres­ti­gious Mary Sea­cole Award and Schol­ar­ship for 2015-2016 and has been in­vited to present at min­is­te­rial meet­ings in the Houses of Par­lia­ment.

A mid­wife for more than 20 years she has also pub­lished widely and is a colum­nist for the big­gest ma­ter­nity Jour­nal in Bul­garia.

Ger­gana re­ceived the award on July 26 at the Royal Col­lege of Mid­wives Zephe­rina Veitch Me­mo­rial Lec­ture in Leeds.

She said: “I would like to take this op­por­tu­nity to thank the RCM, the Mary Sea­cole Com­mit­tee and of course my trust, for the sup­port they have pro­vided me with through­out my pro­fes­sional car­rier.

“It is an hon­our to be an RCM fel­low, not just be­cause it has given me the op­por­tu­nity to work with ex­cel­lent pro­fes­sion­als, but also be­cause it pro­vides me with a plat­form to work even harder and em­brace one of the best ma­ter­nity ser­vices in the world.”

Ni­cola Ranger, Frim­ley Health’s di­rec­tor of nurs­ing, said: “We are re­ally proud to have Ger­gana on the Frim­ley Health team and we’re all de­lighted that ev­ery­thing she has achieved pro­fes­sion­ally is be­ing recog­nised in this spe­cial way.

“She is to­tally com­mit­ted to her work and to meet­ing the needs of the lo­cal com­mu­nity we serve.”

Pro­fes­sor Les­ley Page, pres­i­dent of the RCM, said: “I am de­lighted that Ger­gana’s work has been recog­nised in this way.

“She has shown lead­er­ship, pas­sion and com­mit­ment to de­liver bet­ter ser­vices for women who have too of­ten not had the ser­vices they needed.

“I hope this spurs her on to even more achieve­ment in the fu­ture.”

Ger­gana Nikolova

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