Maternity services in Forth Valley have been voted top in the UK for their innovation and staff engagement.
At a ceremony in London, the team received the Royal College of Midwives’ Mothercare Maternity Service of the Year award.
It was a plaudit they shared with two other hospitals as the judges were so impressed with all three finalists they couldn’t decide between them!
Jane Grant, chief executive of NHS Forth Valley, said: “We are delighted to win this prestigious award which recognises the dedication, commitment and innovative work of our midwives and the wider maternity team.
“I’ve been very impressed with the way staff continue to come up with new and exciting ideas to help improve the health of mothers and babies.”
The unit has received numerous awards including a BMJ Midwifery Practice Award for excellence in supervison of midwives.
It has also been praised for its innovative work to reduce infections in babies and improve the monitoring of drugs used to speed up labour.
The nomination cited the unit’s consistent approach to service development with women, children and families at the very core of everything it does.
NHS Forth Valley’s head of midwifery Gillian Morton was also complimented for promoting an environment which encouraged learning and innovation.
Cathy Warwick, chief executive of the Royal College of Midwives, said: “To win an award is a real achievement.
“For three maternity services to share first place is unprecedented and a real accomplishment.
“Without midwives, their teams and colleagues from other health professions pushing at the boundaries of practice, we would not see the care they are able to give to women, babies and their families.
‘‘I congratulate these three services on this unique achievement.”