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NEW ADDITIONS: West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust welcomes 17 midwives amid national staff shortages

 Published on: 30th December 2021   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

The maternity team at West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust is making great progress against a national backdrop of staff shortages.

The team has recently welcomed 17 new midwives and provided career opportunities for its existing team.

The new starters joined West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust at the same time as it celebrates five midwives achieving their professional midwifery advocate (PMA) status. All 17 midwives joined the trust between October and November 2021.

Dr Benedicta Agbagwara-Osuji, deputy director of midwifery and gynaecology, said: “We are delighted to have attracted 17 midwives at a time when there is strong competition for their talents.

“Word is spreading about the emphasis we place on professional development and of the exciting plans for new maternity facilities.”

The trust says it will be working hard to nurture its incoming staff, who have joined the maternity team at a busy time.

One of the ways in which the service is doing this is through the introduction of professional midwifery advocates (PMAs). PMAs are vital to ensuring that new midwives, along with all of their colleagues, are supported and given opportunities to learn.

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