Honour for city midwife

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A Sheffield midwife has received a national award from the Royal College of Midwives for her dedicated service.

Dotty Watkins received a presitious Honorary Fellowship for her contribution to midwifery and maternity services after retiring recently following 40 years a a midwife in the NHS.

The honour recognised Dotty’s visionary leadership, as head of midwifery and nurse director at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and her commitment to ensuring maternity services meet the needs of the women they serve.

Dotty’s many innovations in Sheffield include the establishment of a team that provides care for women who choose care outside of current guidelines, enabling the development of a Neonatal Rapid Access Clinic, championing and leading a multi-award winning Infant Feeding Team and developing a Vulnerabilities Team to support women with safeguarding issues, substance misuse problems, learning disabilities and mental health problems.

Dotty said: “I am so very grateful to be honoured in this way for doing something I loved. It is wonderful to know that others recognised and valued my contribution to women, their families and midwives. Thanks to all those who have been involved in making this award possible.”

Professor Hilary Chapman, chief nurse at the Trust, said: “It has been my privilege to have Dotty as a member of my senior team. She has touched the lives and marked the experiences of many through her own practice and through her visionary leadership of others. She has led the development of a highly responsive midwifery service, ensuring that it has evolved in line with the needs of the population we serve.“