A MIDWIFE has won the Outstanding Care Award at the NHS Forth Valley Staff Awards for the support she gave to a young couple after the loss of their baby.

Chloe Jackson was praised for the care and compassion she showed when Penelope Hooper was delivered stillborn at 38 weeks.

Chloe’s name was put forward for the award by Ryan and Melissa Hooper, who were quick to nominate the midwife for her professionalism.

“Chloe did not allow the situation to affect her professionalism,” Ryan said. “She treated Penelope like any other baby who had just been delivered.

“She spoke to her and commented on her beautiful looks and how she had a head full of black hair.

“I asked Chloe if she had ever dealt with a stillbirth before and she told us this was her first experience.

“Melissa and I were shocked as she acted and behaved far beyond her years and with such emotional awareness.

“She is a true credit to herself, her family, Forth Valley Royal Hospital and the Women and Children’s unit.

“She is to be commended in every sense and is a role model for other young midwives.”

Ryan and Melissa were so moved by Chloe’s care that they raised money to buy an additional cuddle cot for the maternity unit at Forth Valley Royal Hospital.

This will go to help support other parents who experience the death of a baby.

Elsewhere in the health board, Dr Edward Shaw, a consultant psychiatrist with the mental health acute assessment and treatment service, won the Inspiration Award.

This was given out to recognise the work of individuals who are an inspiration to others throughout their workplace.

The Integrated Mental Health Service Team at Woodlands Resource Centre was awarded the Top Team Award, while the Service Improvement Award was awarded to the Pain Management Team.

The Health and Wellbeing Award was given to the Substance Use Service Team at Falkirk Community Hospital.

Eilidh Gibson, a learning disability staff nurse with the ASN team at The Bungalows in Larbert, earned herself the Better Workplace Award.

Two awards were given to Susan McRobbie and Ward A31 to celebrate 75 years of the NHS, while the Chair’s Award was presented to Serco porter James McCartney.

Amanda Croft, interim chief executive for NHS Forth Valley, said: “These awards provide a great opportunity for patients, families and colleagues to show how much they value and appreciate the work of local NHS staff who go above and beyond to deliver excellent services, care and treatment.

“I’m incredibly proud of the fantastic work being taken forward by staff across the organisation and would like to offer my personal congratulations to all of the winners and finalists for this year’s awards.”