For the second year running, UCLan midwifery students, lecturers and clinical midwives carried out a series of fundraising events to celebrate the International Day of the Midwife.
A collaboration of those involved in midwifery education and delivery of care helped to raise over £2000 for causes related to maternal wellbeing. Those involved took different roles in organising and carrying out five separate events, including a cake and crafts sale, hosting tombolas at local markets and hospitals, a street collection and a sponsored walk.
Collaboration and improved communication in health care is at the forefront of the Government’s agenda (DoH 2012) and an intrinsic part of Midwifery students’ development (NMC 2009), and so the success of the events is not exclusively represented by the amount of money raised, but also in the strengthening of relationships between those who participated.
The efforts and achievements of those who organised/participated were recognised in a celebration event shortly after and this further helped to strengthen the collaboration and communication between UCLan and service providers. It is hoped that it will have an ultimate positive impact on care delivery for women and their families.