Midwives honoured at Queen’s University Midwifery Society Mentor Awards


Midwives honoured at Queen’s University Midwifery Society Mentor AwardsTwo Western Trust Midwives based at the South West Acute Hospital, Enniskillen have been honoured at the Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) Mentor of the Year 2019.

“Students are our future and we need to nurture and inspire them in our practise to enable them to flourish and become the best Midwives they can be,” says Brenda McCabe, Western Trust Community Midwife Team Lead for Enniskillen and Omagh Hospitals.

Brenda continued: “It is an honour to have two midwives from the South West Acute Hospital, Enniskillen selected as Queens University Belfast Best Hospital Mentor of the Year 2019. This award was even more significant as they were nominated by the students themselves.  Eimir Martin and Cora McCann are second year midwifery students in QUB. They felt their mentors inspired and guided them in their placements at the Hospital in becoming Midwives.”

Eimir Martin, QUB Student Midwife said: “Rachel Byrne has always exhibited professional values and behaviour, she is a brilliant role model for myself and the whole midwifery team. Rachel went out of her way to feed my craving for knowledge. Her positive attitude, enthusiasm and supportive teaching helped develop my confidence and I always felt comfortable learning and working beside her. Working in such an encouraging, supportive and positive environment encouraged my personal and professional development. Rachel is simply the midwife I aspire to be.”

Cora McCann, QUB Student Midwife said: “Tracey McAlynn’s knowledge and skills are out of this world. It felt like we were a real team, working together to give women the best and safest childbirth experience. Tracey really does not realise how brilliant she is and what an impact she has had on med and on women and their families on a daily basis. Tracey is everything a midwife and a mentor should be.”

There were six final nominees from across all HSC Trusts with Rachel Bryne mentor to Eimir Martin announced as the overall winner for 2019. Rachel Bryne and Tracey McAlynn are both hospital based midwives and were delighted to attend the awards evening with the QUB Midwives Society and to receive their awards.

Tracey McAlynn said: “I am honoured to be nominated and it has been a pleasure to be Cora’s mentor during her placement at the South West Acute Hospital.

Rachel Byrne said: “I am absolutely delighted to have received the overall winner and honoured that Eimir found my teaching and guidance methods so highly to nominate me for such a prestigious award.”

Both Tracey and Rachel wished to thank Eimir and Cora for their nomination and look forward to working with the two dedicated students in their future placements at the South West Acute Hospital and for them to return as midwives in the near future.