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Our achievements

As an organisation, we are genuinely proud of the care we provide and passionate about developing as individuals and as a team. Our achievements and accomplishments are truly motivated by the desire to make our service user experience outstanding. Sharing and celebrating our achievements allows us to continually grow, progress, and demonstrate our desire to make a difference.


Our latest CQC inspection report. We are delighted with maternity's overall rating: Good.

Care Quality Commission (CQC) Inspection Report

Here are some of our outstanding practice points:

-       The transitional care team had won the service improvement award in the annual staff awards and was shortlisted for the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) annual midwifery awards 2017. The trust had identified a way of providing care for vulnerable babies outside of NNU. They had employed and set up a training course for transitional care baby support workers. These were support staff, dedicated to work with babies, parents and staff including paediatricians during transitional care. They helped to ensure babies could be cared for on the ward and avoid where possible admission to the neonatal unit. Staff told us there had been significant positive outcome results following implementation of this role.


-       The team are involved in Wave 2 of the National Maternity and Neonatal Safety Collaborative. This work was recognised nationally when a member of the team was asked to speak at the RCOG Each Baby Counts conference in 2016.


-       The majority of staff were trained in recruiting and supporting clinical research projects. The team had been recognised nationally for recruiting to an industry trial for the blind testing of prophylactic antibodies in patients following instrumental deliveries.


-       UNICEF baby friendly initiative is a global accreditation programme developed by UNICEF and the World Health Organisation. It was designed to support breast feeding and promote parent/infant relationships. The trust told us that the north of the service had successfully achieved UNICEF recognition for its breastfeeding support and had been recommended to apply for gold accreditation in June 2017.


23 March 2016

Published blog on RCM site -

April 2016

-       Poster presentation at the RCPCH (Royal College of Paediatrics & Child health) - "Neonatal jaundice assessment form - a tool to improve management of babies with jaundice" - Dr Osmilikevici, K Hooper, M Miller, M Garbash

-       Shortlisted for RCM Annual Midwifery Awards - the Midwives Magazine award for team of the year - Linda Ibbetson & Ann Bowes

10 June 2016

-       Poster presentation at RCOG (Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists) Each Baby Counts Clinical Engagement Forum - Intrapartum Fetal Monitoring CQUIN - K Hooper, J Woodward, Dr Saukila, J McKay, H Parks, T Harris, A Metters, J Bennett

-       Presentation at RCOG (Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists) Each Baby Counts Clinical Engagement - Local Case Studies - Development of a Regional Patient Safety Group - Karen Hooper

9 March 2017

Case study article for RCOG Each Baby Counts project - Development of a standardised regional approach to reviewing perinatal loss - Karen Hooper -

21-23 June 2017

County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust has achieved full Unicef Baby Friendly accreditation in June 2015. University Hospital of North Durham successfully achieved full reaccreditation in July 2017 and described as outstanding with recommendations to apply for the new Gold award.

Unicef Baby Friendly Initiative - Re-assessment report Maternity Service, University Hospital of North Durham

0ctober 2017

Service Improvement Award - Transitional Care. Take a look at some pictures of staff recieving this award. You can read more about our Transitional Care service by clicking here.

Service Improvement Award

July 2017

Enhanced Patient Care award - awarded to the Baby Care Support Workers and the Neonatal Unit. Our Baby Care Support Worker role was created alongside the Transitional Care service that we offer.


enhanced patient care award 2

Spring 2018

Our amazing midwives completed a charity walk to raise awareness and funds for our Fetal Movements Campaign. They had lovely weather for a walk and raised an amazing £730.50!! Take a look at some of the pictures from the day

walk 1

walk 4

walk 3



During Baby Loss Awareness Week, Durham Castle lit up with colours of pink and blue for the week to show their support.

castle lights


'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