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Sheffield midwife wins top award for her 40-year service

RECOGNITION: Fellowship RCM Professor President Lesley Page with Dotty Watkins (right) with her certificate

A SHEFFIELD midwife has been recognised for her years of dedicated work with a national award.

Dotty Watkins received a prestigious Honorary Fellowship for her contribution to midwifery and maternity services after retiring recently following 40 years as a midwife in the National Health Service.

The honour recognised Dotty’s visionary leadership, as head of midwifery and nurse director at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and her commitment to ensuring maternity services meet the needs of the women they serve.

Dotty’s many innovations in Sheffield include the establishment of a team that provides care for women who choose care outside of current guidelines, enabling the development of a neonatal rapid access clinic, championing and leading a multi-award winning infant feeding team, and developing a vulnerabilities team to support women with safeguarding issues, substance misuse problems, learning disabilities and mental health problems.

Dotty said: “I am so very grateful to be honoured in this way for doing something I loved. It is wonderful to know that others recognised and valued my contribution to women, their families and midwives.

“Thanks to all those who have been involved in making this award possible.”
Professor Hilary Chapman, chief nurse at the Trust, said: “It has been my privilege to have Dotty as a member of my senior team.

“She has touched the lives and marked the experiences of many through her own practice and through her visionary leadership of others.

“Dotty has led the development of a highly responsive midwifery service, ensuring that it has evolved in line with the needs of the population we serve.”

Dotty, who was most recently head of midwifery and nurse director at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, and spent 40 years working for the NHS, was also instrumental in setting up the Voices of Jessop Wing Choir.

The choir performs regularly with the Cornerstone Brass Band and the next event will be a Christmas programme in early December.

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