Midwifery Lecturer is Highly Commended at Hywel Dda Awards

A Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol Midwifery Lecturer from Swansea University’s College of Human and Health Sciences has been highly commended for the development of Welsh language antenatal classes at the Hywel Dda Best of Health Awards.

Rachel Williams AwardRachel Williams (pictured left), who was nominated in the “Promoting Bilingual Healthcare” category, collected her commendation at a ceremony at Parc Y Scarlets, Llanelli.

Held annually, the Best of Health awards recognise and reward the extraordinary achievements of Hywel Dda’s staff and volunteers, many of whom often go beyond the call of duty in their work for the benefit of patients and service users. Hundreds of entries were received from across Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire.

Rachel set up two antenatal classes with the help of some of her Midwifery students. The Welsh language classes ran in Aberystwyth and Carmarthen and covered topics such as labour and breastfeeding.

Rachel said: “The feedback I have received from the classes has been extremely positive. I have also had many referrals from previous attendees. I’m naturally delighted that I was nominated and commended. Although it has been hard work setting up and running these classes, I have enjoyed every minute of it.”

Susanne Darra, who is Head of Midwifery Education at Swansea University, said: “This award is well deserved. We are really proud of Rachel’s achievements in promoting bilingualism.”

Commenting on this year’s Best of Health Staff Awards, Hywel Dda Chief Executive, Steve Moore said: “It has been a privilege to be a part of these awards and to recognise the extraordinary commitment of our staff and volunteers in providing the best care possible to those who really matter…our patients.”