NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) has become the first Health Board in the UK to be awarded 100% accreditation from UNICEF for the support offered to breastfeeding mums across all of its acute and community services.
To celebrate this unique achievement Health Secretary, Nicola Sturgeon, honoured health staff from across NHSGGC for their dedication, professionalism and valuable work with new mothers at a special award ceremony at Glasgow City Chambers.
The Health Secretary was delighted to be part of the celebrations. She said: “It is fantastic that, through the hard work and dedication of staff, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde have received full accreditation – an achievement unprecedented in the UK.
“This prestigious award demonstrates their commitment to making sure every baby born in the health board area has the best possible nutritional start in life.
“Good nutrition from the earliest days of life is vitally important and breastfeeding is a key contributor to the health and well being of babies and their mothers.
“The Scottish Government recognises the contribution that the UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative makes to improving the care of mothers and babies and, a result of this, every single NHS Board in Scotland is working toward achieving and maintaining Baby Friendly status in both hospital and community settings. This has been reflected in the progress made so far nationally - 70 per cent of all births in Scotland take place in Baby Friendly accredited hospitals in comparison to 15 per cent in England.”
A total of fourteen awards were presented to staff from NHSGGCs five acute maternity units and community health teams.
The University of the West of Scotland was also recognised with two awards for introducing the first ever Midwifery and Public Health Nursing accredited courses with a specific focus on supporting breastfeeding mothers.
The UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative has rigorous standards for its breastfeeding accreditation and all the units involved had to meet a strict set of criteria to ensure a high standard of care for mums and babies. NHSGGC achieved the required standards in the independent audit.
Andrew Robertson, Chairman, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said: “We are celebrating the unique achievement of becoming the first Board in the UK to achieve 100% UNICEF Baby Friendly accreditation across all of our services.
“Today’s event acknowledges the huge amount of work over many years by staff in community and acute services to deliver the highest standards of care for women and their babies. “
Linda Wolfson, Infant Feeding Co-ordinator, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, said: “This is a remarkable achievement to have received 100% accreditation by UNICEF.
“The standards set by UNICEF to achieve accreditation are extremely high but having achieved this we wanted to pay credit to the staffs that have made it possible.”
Full list of award winners
1. Vale of Leven Hospital Community Maternity Unit
Lead Midwives Betty Adair, Marie Whalen and Infant Feeding Advisor Isobel Giles
2. Inverclyde Royal Hospital Community Maternity Unit
Lead Midwives Betty Adair and Vicki Mazzioni
3. The Royal Alexandra Hospital Maternity Unit
Team leader Ailsa Fulton, Infant Feeding Advisors Isobel Giles and Diane Blair.
4. The Southern General Hospital Maternity Unit
Team leaders Lesley Binnebesel, Angela Carlin and Infant Feeding Advisor Isobel Giles
5. The Glasgow Royal Infirmary Princess Royal Maternity
Sharon Smith, Infant Feeding Advisor, Clare Govan and Joyce Young, Infant Feeding Advisors, Community Health and Care Partnerships & Community Health Partnerships
6. Inverclyde CHCP
Catriona Maclean and Ruth Walsh, Infant Feeding Advisors
7. Renfrewshire CHP
Janice MacGilp, Infant Feeding Advisor
8. Glasgow CHP, South sector
Director, Mark Feinmann, Lesley Anne Currie, Emma Smith and Denise Mullen Infant Feeding Advisors
9. Glasgow CHP, North West sector
Director, Mark Feinmann, Jacqueline Henderson Infant Feeding Advisor
10. Glasgow CHP, North East sector
Director, Mark Feinmann, Christine Harper, Mini Joti (recent MBE) and Maureen Smith Infant Feeding Advisors
11. East Renfrewshire CHCP
Lead Nurse Ellen McGarrigle and Anna Mackay, Infant Feeding Advisor
12. East Dunbartonshire CHP
Chairman Rani Dhir, and Jennifer Duffy Infant Feeding Advisors
13. West Dunbartonshire CHCP
Soumen Sengupta Health Improvement and Planning Manager and Lyndsay Canty Infant Feeding Advisor West of Scotland University
14. The Midwifery course was the joint first accreditations in the UK and will be reaccredited in 2012
Jean Rankin and Marie Pollard
15. The Public Health Nursing course was the first in the UK and accredited in 2011
Alison Guest and Jackie Mc Fadden