Congratulations to FHT member, Jane Tomlinson-Wightman. Jane has received a Cavell Star Award, recognition for driving complementary therapy services within the NHS.
Cavell Star Awards are given to nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants who show exceptional care to their colleagues, patients or patients’ families.
A reflexologist and Lead Midwife for Safe Active Birth at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT), Jane was nominated by her team for her dedication to the wellbeing of patients and colleagues.
Jane introduced the use of complementary therapies within the UHMBT, offering reflexology, aromatherapy and massage to colleagues and women using maternity services. She even attended college classes after full shifts to learn as much as she could about how complementary therapies could be beneficial within the NHS.
Speaking of her award win, Jane said, ‘I’m very proud to win the award. Coming from my colleagues, it really means a lot to me. Sometimes we don’t stop and set time aside to care enough for each other. We carry on giving regardless, during times of work pressures with often stressful situations, but even a smile and a small act of kindness can make all the difference to someone’s day, can’t it?
‘My colleagues mean a lot to me, together we cannot do the job we do without the support of each other. And I just feel I’m giving my gratitude back to my team through offering them these therapies. If we look after our staff members, they in turn will feel willing and able to provide the best possible care for our women and families within maternity services.’