Over her career, Mary has helped introduce initiatives which have improved the lives of mothers and babies, including being the lead midwife for the Newborn and Infant Physical Examination (NIPE) programme at St Thomas’ Hospital, which screens babies within 72 hours of birth for conditions relating to their heart, hips, eyes and testes. She worked with Public Health England to introduce the NIPE Smart System, which was piloted at St Thomas’ Hospital and then rolled out nationally.
Maxine Spencer, Director of Midwifery at Guy’s and St Thomas’, who nominated Mary for the gold award, said:
“Mary is truly one of a kind and her passion and drive means she is an excellent role model for others. She is a fantastic example of someone who has been able to bridge the gap between academia and clinical practice, with a successful career in both.”
Mary is one of the first people in England to receive the Chief Midwifery Officer’s gold award.