National acclaim for Midwifery lecturer and student

17 February 2016

Faith Kayembe, Senior Lecturer in Midwifery, and student midwife Natalie Corden have been recognised at the British Journal of Midwifery Practice Awards.

Faith Kayembe, Senior Lecturer in Midwifery, and student midwife Natalie Corden have been recognised at the British Journal of Midwifery Practice Awards.

Faith, who was announced a runner up in the British Journal of Midwifery Practice Awards at a ceremony in Manchester last week, was nominated in the Promoting Neonatal Wellbeing category for her work promoting neonatal care in Zambia.


From left to right: Faith Kayembe and Natalie Corden

Last summer, Faith received funding from the Brighton Lusaka Health Link (BLHL) charity, which has established links with the University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka, Zambia, to undertake a scoping exercise to inform the development of a neonatal course there. Faith provided theoretical and practical sessions in neonatal resuscitation to a cohort of paediatric nurses as a strategy to address the high neonatal mortality rates.

Faith said: "It is certainly a great honour to receive national recognition for this work, and to share it alongside such highly deserving nominees is even more humbling. The event has given the project a platform to share its work more widely and further strengthen the cause for improving outcomes for newborns in Zambia. This opportunity would not have been possible without the support of the Univesity, the Faculty Director of Research and
Knowledge Exchange, the Head of the School of Public Health, Midwifery and Social Work, the midwifery team, with special thanks to Helen Muscat, and the collaborative efforts of stakeholders in Brighton and Zambia."

Natalie Corden is a third-year student midwife who has worked on placement in the William Harvey Hospital in Ashford. She was also recognised at the ceremony, achieving second place in the Student Midwife of the Year category.

Natalie said: “I was really pleased, it was a great feeling. I was delighted to come second out of everyone in the country. I love my work and I am very grateful for the opportunities that East Kent Hospitals Universty NHS Trust (NKHUFT) and Christ Church have given me in order to achieve this honour.

“Being a midwife is a privilege because it is such a momentous time for a family when a baby is born and the care you have at that time has a huge impact.”

Natalie was supported in her application by her mentor at EKHUFT, Midwife Hayley Ward. She said: “Her strive and ethos for positivity is inspiring not only for students but all midwives. She has a bright future within this field and I look forward to seeing where her future career takes her.”

Helen Bland, Head of Midwifery and Gynaecology Nursing at EKHUFT, said: “We are proud to support students and provide on-the-ward experience to the next generation of midwives. I am delighted to hear of Natalie’s success and hope that she will consider staying with us once her placement ends.”

Debra Teasdale, Dean of the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing at Canterbury Christ Church University, said: “I first met Natalie when she joined me in the launch of the million+ Health Manifesto at the Houses of Parliament, and I was struck by what a force she was. She’s an avid user of Twitter and I know she’s used this to positive advantage promoting midwifery practices and midwifery’s contribution to the wider world. It’s great that her work has been recognised in her success in these national awards.”

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