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RBCH maternity support worker up for national ‘health hero’ prize

3 October

A maternity support worker from the Royal Bournemouth Hospital (RBH) has been shortlisted for a national ‘health hero’ award.

The annual Our Health Hero Awards ceremony is organised by Skills for Health and sponsored by Health Education England, and has been celebrating unsung healthcare heroes since 2016.

Nicky Mahon, a maternity support worker at RBH for more than 19 years, was nominated for the prestigious prize in recognition of her inspiring work promoting breastfeeding.

As well as being a qualified breastfeeding counsellor and a member of the Association of Breastfeeding Mothers, Nicky spearheaded the provision of several community breastfeeding drop-in clinics at local children’s centres.

During the selection process, judges noted Nicky’s calm, kind and professional nature and ‘an endless list of positive feedback from women and their families’ describing her as ‘beyond supportive’, ‘dedicated’, ‘caring’ and ‘calm’.

Nicky’s nomination was selected by judges from more than 850 nominations, making her the south west’s nominee for ‘Clinical Support Worker of the Year’. Of the 34 nominees shortlisted, eight will be selected to attend the awards ceremony at London’s Science Museum in November.

Finalists will be decided by way of public vote, and health professionals and the general public are invited to vote for their favourite nominee to win before Friday 11 October via the Skills for Health website.

Practice development midwife Nicola Brown, who nominated Nicky for the award, said: “I am so pleased and proud to hear that Nicky is the ‘South West’s Clinical Support Worker of the Year’ regional finalist in the Health Heroes Awards.

“She is an exceptional role model within the community team offering dedication, support and information to both her colleagues and the women and babies she cares for.”

Nicky said: “To find out I’m one of the south west regional winners and am now up for a national award has been a real shock, but it’s fabulous. I’ve been working at RBCH for around 19 years and it’s amazing to be a part of a team of supporting families with breastfeeding at a very special time in their lives.”


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