Student Midwife of the Year
This award aims to recognise an outstanding student and to celebrate the understanding and communication skills needed in this field – from clinical skills to academic achievement, as well as interpersonal skills, which underpin the treatment of this patient group and relate to their families. In essence, entrants must combine the knowledge, skills and qualities required to excel. As a student entering a midwifery career, the winner will have a broad understanding of the range of conditions and contraindications related to midwifery care and will demonstrate excellent clinical skills to ensure best is delivered at all times throughout antenatal, birth and postnatal care.
Stage one of the judging process involves judges shortlisting entries based solely on the information you have provided here, so please make sure your entry includes as much evidence as possible. In stage two, shortlisted entrants will present their entries to a panel of judges for deliberation on Monday 20th September. This is currently scheduled to be in-person in our London offices (as it was pre-pandemic). This second stage is subject to change in accordance with official guidance relating to Covid-19. In case the second stage which is in-person cannot take place, your entry will be judged by the information you submit therefore please include as much information as possible.
What are the judges looking for?
The judges are looking for an exceptional student who can demonstrate excellence in the following:
- Knowledge of and competence in clinical skills related to antenatal, birth and postnatal care
- Understanding of the rationale behind evidence-based practice, treatment choices and care pathways in midwifery care
- Interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to use them with women, their partners and wider families
- An ability to act with compassion and empathy
- Active listening, responding and personalising care to meet patients’ needs
- Academic achievement
- The ability to empathise and understand the needs of partners and commitment to meeting these needs
- Acting as a role model for student midwifery
- Team playing and an appreciation of midwives’ role within the wider multidisciplinary team
- Use of reflection and the confidence to question practice even if they may challenge others
Please attach any supporting evidence to your application that you feel is relevant. This can include testimonials, mentor or university staff feedback or student evaluations or any other appropriate evidence.
Please note: you must be a final-year student on a pre-registration midwifery course, or on a post-registration midwifery nursing course when the awards take place in November 2021 or have graduated in the six months prior to this to enter this award.
Take a look at what our 2019 winner had to say about winning the award: