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Manchester midwives are shortlisted for prestigious national awards

A trio of midwives at Saint Mary's Hospital, Manchester, have been shortlisted for the Royal College of Midwives national awards.

The annual awards celebrate and share outstanding achievement in midwifery across the UK.

Kirsti Redfern has been shortlisted in the 'Mentor of the Year' category, an award she was nominated for by a student midwife she supported through her training.

Kirsti was described by her nominator as being 'an outstanding practitioner', who ensured that her learning needs were always at the forefront of her mind.

The midwifery safeguarding team along with Potential Victims of Trafficking (PVoT) Response team are shortlisted in the 'Team of the Year' category.

Marie Zsigmond, Siobhan O'Neill and Amanda Lewis are specialist safeguarding midwives that have led on a piece of work raising awareness of human trafficking, which has been instrumental in identifying and supporting potential victims.

Cathy Warwick, Chief Executive of the Royal College of Midwives, said: "Just to be shortlisted is a remarkable achievement and I congratulate Kirsti, Maria and Amanda their achievement and the trust for its success in being nominated for two awards.  All of those shortlisted illustrate how passionate, dedicated and committed midwives, maternity support workers and the whole maternity team are to making the care women, babies and their families receive even better. I wish them all the best of luck at the awards ceremony in March."

The award winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in London on 8th March.