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International midwives welcomed to Durham and Darlington

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The first cohort of internationally recruited midwives in the North East have been welcomed to Durham and Darlington.

County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust (CDDFT) have successfully recruited ten international midwives to join the Trust in two cohorts of five.

The first cohort of five midwives have been enjoying a welcome week with the Trust before they begin their training in York in preparation for sitting their OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examination) exams.

Noel Scanlon Executive Director of Nursing and Patient Experience at CDDFT said: "We are absolutely delighted to welcome the first five international midwives to the Trust. International nurses and midwives are an integral part of the County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust team.

"Our international recruitment team were recently awarded the NHS Pastoral Care Quality Award for the support they provide to colleagues recruited internationally, so we know our latest recruits are receiving a very warm welcome.

"We're thrilled they are here and eager to support our maternity colleagues to provide safe, compassionate and joined-up care for our patients."

Three of the midwives Adebiyi Titilayo Anuoluwapo, Maryam Olawumi Aleem and Animashaun Odunayo Faheedat are from Nigeria and two Benedicta Edwoba Ackah-Cudjoe and Mavis Oppong are from Ghana.

Lucy Taylor Lead Midwife for Placement, Education and Workforce at CDDFT, said: "We've had a very busy and enjoyable welcome week with our first cohort of international midwives where they have met our Head of Midwifery, our Executive Director of Nursing and Patient Experience, the OSCE team, chaplaincy, and wider midwifery team. We have also registered them with a GP and dental practice, set up bank accounts, completed their induction process and even enjoyed some shopping.

"Before their arrival we have worked really hard to start the welcome process, with lots of conversations, setting up a WhatsApp group so they can get to know each other virtually and preparing them as best we can for life here in Durham and Darlington.

"We will be supporting these midwives through the OSCE exams which are coming up soon and once they have hopefully passed these and have their PIN, they will be registered midwives working on the maternity wards at University Hospital of North Durham and Darlington Memorial Hospital.

"And we are already planning our welcome week for the second cohort of international midwives who will be joining us in late October."

'I have to compliment everyone on their pleasant persona and their expertise and knowledge. By the end of the 5 days, I did not feel as though I had been in a hospital ward and was very relaxed.'

Patient, Ward 16 Orthopaedics, University Hospital of North Durham