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Newly-qualified midwives join Royal Stoke Maternity Centre

University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust (UHNM) has welcomed the university graduates onto wards across its Maternity Centre.

The new recruits are currently undertaking their two-week Trust induction before starting work in the delivery suite and antenatal and postnatal wards.  

Rachael Topping, Recruitment and Retention Specialist Midwife at UHNM, said: “We are delighted to welcome our new cohort of graduates to UHNM. Their two-week induction process will give them all the skills and training they’ll need for when they hit the wards in things like emergency skills drills and cardiotocography. They’ll also be supported through their first twelve to eighteen months of their career on our new preceptorship course preparing them to become senior midwives.”

She added: “Being a midwife is a really rewarding career and UHNM is a great place to choose to come, with our new preceptorship course and amount of support you’ll receive to ensure you get the best start to your career.”

The graduates have joined UHNM from Universities across the country including Keele, Staffordshire, Liverpool and Edge Hill.

Molly Birch, 21, from Stoke-on-Trent graduated from Staffordshire University whilst training at UHNM and will be based on the antenatal ward.

She said: “I’m very, very excited to start at UHNM after three years of training to get to this point. My course was amazing but difficult at times training through the pandemic. But it’s made me into a better person and midwif.

“I chose to start my career at UHNM because having trained here I love everybody I work with , the Trust values and everything they stand for. After three years it feels like home now.”

She added: “If you’re thinking of going into midwifery then definitely go for it. It can be really nerve wracking and scary at times but it’s the best career ever, and you get to look after the best people. And for those thinking of working at UHNM you feel welcomed and everyone works together and it’s a really nice place to work.”

Jade Trueman, 29, from Stoke-on-Trent has chosen to work at UHNM’s Maternity Centre after giving birth to son Robert there.

She said: “I wanted to train and work at UHNM after I received excellent care having Robert here five years ago. I’m really happy to be here, I know the area, the people and in addition there was more support here for me that I wouldn’t have got from another Trust.”


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