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Health and Trust partners in line for national award

A partnership programme set up to help expectant mothers has been recognised in a national award.

Melissa Simpson, the Doncaster Children’s Services Trust lead on the multi-agency Pregnancy Liaison Meeting (PLM) team and the scheme’s founder, Doncaster and Bassetlaw NHS Trust midwife Debbie Rees-Pollard, are among the finalists in the partnership working category of the national Royal College of Midwives’ 2018 awards

The Pregnancy Liaison Meeting is held to discuss clients who are less than 16 weeks into pregnancy, who have current or historic safeguarding concerns.

It allows for clear communication between agencies involved with the family. If a mum is not in need of social care input they can be referred to other agencies at this early stage in their pregnancy.

Fellow nominee, Debbie, came up with the idea for the PLM four years ago, pre-Trust, when she felt many mums in need of help were falling through the net.

Commenting on the nomination, Doncaster Children’s Services Trust Chief Executive Paul Moffat said: “The hard work completed by Melissa and Debbie has resulted in children and families receiving the right support at the right time. Furthermore, the positive impact has not gone unnoticed by neighbouring authorities who are planning to implement a

Pregnancy Liaison meeting within their own Children’s Services.

Moira Hardy, Director of Nursing Midwifery and Allied Health Professionals at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals Trust, said: “On behalf of the Trust I want to congratulate Debbie and Melissa on being among the finalists in this year’s RCM Annual Midwifery Awards . This partnership working showcases how by working together across services we can ensure our mums to be in Doncaster receive the support, care and advice they need throughout their pregnancy.”

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