Midwifery programme recognised at national awards

Midwifery education at the university has been recognised in a prestigious national awards programme for midwives and allied health professionals working in the field of maternity care.

BJM Awards 2012A team of academic staff from the School of Nursing and Midwifery achieved first place in the Excellence in Supervision of Midwives Award category of the British Journal of Midwifery (BJM) Practice Awards 2012 which took place earlier this month.

Lynn Grove, who leads a number of RGU’s midwifery programmes, received the award on the night on behalf of the School’s midwifery development team who designed the Preparation of Supervisor of Midwives course.

The award was conferred in recognition of the team’s innovative approach to the design of the course which prepares midwives to undertake the statutory role of supervisor of midwives.

The course’s blended learning approach, which incorporates both in-person and online teaching, supports the more remote and rural areas where travelling to a university may have large financial costs. It meets the needs of any health board requiring this training and enables most of the learning to take place without the student having to leave their place of work for long periods of time.

Lynn commented: “It feels fantastic to have won this award. The course development team have worked hard to develop the programme and it is great to have it acknowledged in this way. It has given our midwifery team a real boost and feeling of success. Our special thanks go to the Local Supervising Authority Midwifery Officer, Mary Vance, and all of the course development team for their contribution to the programme.”

Now in its ninth year, the Midwifery Practice Awards were held at the Grange City Hotel in central London on Thursday 3 May alongside the BJM's two-day national conference.

As in previous years, the awards attracted a very high standard of entries in six major categories including Lifetime Achievement Award, Student Midwife of the Year and Team of the Year.

Photo captions:

  • ‘BJM Practice Awards’ (from left): RGU Midwifery lecturer and Lead Midwife for Education, Lynn Grove and RGU Midwifery lecturer, Liz Treasure

Notes to editor

For more information about the BJM Awards please contact Sophie Gardner, Editor, BJM: or Olya Nicholls, awards administrator:

Issued by:
Andrew Youngson
Communications Officer | Faculty of Health and Social Care

Robert Gordon University
AB10 1FR
Tel: 01224 262389