Meet the Team

Annette

Role: Ward Manager

I have been ward manager of the Postnatal ward for 6 years. I have been a Midwife for 14 years, I also trained as a student within SaTH. Throughout this time I have enjoyed supporting many women and their families, to ensure they have received the best care possible during their stay. My passion and drive for postnatal care is evident within the team and within our work ethic on the postnatal ward. Safety is paramount at all times and is a priority for me. We have recently been awarded the exemplar status for the Postnatal ward. As a team we are very proud of this, as it reassures patients that all standards are high in this area. This recognition also reminds staff of their contribution and reminds them of why they should feel proud to deliver such high quality care under the constant pressures in the NHS.

Sue

Role: Deputy Ward Manager

How long have I been at the Trust? I have been here 28 years.

What does a typical day for you involve? There is not such a thing as a typical day, as every day has different challenges, no two days are the same. It’s this variety that motivates me and gives me satisfaction. My role involves supporting mothers and families to care for their new baby’s as well as supporting my colleagues and the midwifery and medical students that come to our ward to learn. I feel passionate about providing the best possible care in the safest way. I embrace change and lead by example, so I hope this helps to engage others around me. Part of my management role involves establishing the principles from the Virginia Mason Institute within our daily work, helping the ward run more efficiently by removing waste and improving the overall  experience for patients, their families and the staff.

What’s the best thing about your job? Where do I begin? I truly enjoy it all! If I did have to be more specific though, it would be saying goodbye to someone who is going home, feeling happy and confident about the next chapter in their life’s journey.

Nicola

Role: Midwife

How long have you been at the Trust? 4 years

What does a typical day for you involve? Caring for mothers and their new born babies in the immediate postnatal period. This includes postnatal examinations, post-operative care, breastfeeding support and transitional care

What’s the best part of your job? The continuity of care – seeing mothers and their babies for several days as they build a rapport with patients and supporting them with their transition to motherhood.

Natasha

Role: Midwife

How long have you been at the Trust? 22 years

What does a typical day for you involve? Looking after mothers and babies in the postnatal period. Postnatal examinations, post-operative care, providing pain relief, assisting with breastfeeding and baby care. I also care foe transitional care babies (low birth weight, premature babies and infants of diabetic mothers) and babies under phototherapy.

What’s the best part of your job? When mothers and babies go home content, breastfeeding well, and confident and happy with their care.

Karen

Role: Bounty Photographer

How long have you been at the Trust? I have worked with the Maternity Wards for 33 years

What does a typical day for you involve? A typical day is to meet new mums, give them a Bounty Pack and have the privilege of taking photos of their beautiful babies

What’s the best part of your job? I really enjoy working on Ward 21, with the lovely staff that treat me as part of the team. I think of them not just as colleagues, but good friends

Beverly

Role: Women’s Services Assistant

How long have you been at the Trust? 13 years

What does a typical day for you involve? Caring for all of the women and babies that come onto the Postnatal Ward.

What’s the best part of your job? Spending time with all of the new mums, helping them with daily tasks from bathing babies and breastfeeding, to daily observations and assisting with hygiene needs.

Sarah

Role: Midwife

How long have you been at the Trust? I’ve worked here since 2008

What does a typical day for you involve? Caring for high risk mums and babies in the immediate postnatal period

What’s the best part of your job? I feel privileged to be part of this special time for women and their families.

Vicky

Role: Midwife

Vicky is a newly qualified Midwife who is on her preceptorship package with SaTH. She trained with Staffordshire University and is proud to be working within the Trust where she trained.

Luisa

Role: Women’s Services Assistant

How long have you been at the Trust? I  have been at the Trust since 2017

What’s the best part of your job? I love working with the ladies and babies, helping build confidence in new mums to enable them to go home and look after their babies

Claire

Role: Women’s Services Assistant

How long have you been at the Trust? Since 2016

What does a typical day for you involve? Caring for Postnatal mothers and babies including daily observations, personal care, breast/formula feeding support and emotional support

What’s the best part of your job? Helping to achieve successful breastfeeding

Lucy

Role: Women’s Services Assistant

After volunteering on the ward for three years I knew that I wanted to become part of the team, so I joined the team as a Women’s Services Assistant late 2017. The highlight of my job is supporting the women with all of their choices. It is a privilege to be part of their lives and to be part of a fantastic team.

Rose

Role: Ward Domestic

Rose has been a Domestic on the ward for three years. She keeps all areas in tip-top condition and works closely with our ward Housekeeper Ali.

Claire

Role: Ward Clerk

Having been Ward Clerk on the Postnatal ward for nearly 5 years, Claire ensures that all women and their babies receive appropriate care once discharged or transferred from the postnatal ward to either home or one of the MLUs around the county. Claire also supports the Midwives in their role to provide the best care possible.

Ali

Role: Ward Housekeeper

Ali has been with us for 17 years and is very proud to work on the Postnatal Ward as part of our team. Ali makes sure we all do as we are supposed to and takes an active role on the ward. She is keen to ensure all patients and their families have a pleasant stay and that the ward meets her own high standards.

Our Volunteers

“Our ward volunteers are valuable members of the team, helping provide nutritional needs for women during their stay and ensure our ward is kept clean and tidy along with gaining valuable people skills during their time with us. Many of them then progress into taking up permanent jobs as WSAs (Women’s Services Assistants) or progressing into midwifery training as a result of their work experience.” Annette – Ward Manager

Samantha

Role: Postnatal Volunteer

How long have you been at the Trust? Since 2017

After a great experience on the ward as a patient in June 2017, I decided that I would like to change career paths, and so volunteering on the ward is helping me gain confidence and valuable work experience.

My day consists of serving food and drinks to the ladies and assisting the Ward Women’s Services Assistants and the housekeeper in their daily tasks. I really enjoy my time on the ward.

Masie

Role: Maternity Volunteer

How long have you been at the Trust? I started at the beginning of 2018

With hopes of one day working in a hospital, the opportunity to volunteer on a ward arose. It seemed like it would be an amazing experience – and it has been. Each week brings new jobs and more hands on roles. From learning to fold a hospital corner to cleaning an incubator. My highlight so far was cleaning a whole bed by myself – it made me feel very proud. Everyone on the ward is very friendly and made me feel very welcome, and also made me feel like part of the Ward 21 family.