A CELEBRATED midwife has received an honorary degree from Coventry University.
Carmel McCalmont, head of midwifery at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire (UHCW) NHS Trust, was given an honorary doctor of science in recognition of her significant contribution and outstanding pursuit of excellence in healthcare.
Carmel said: “I am absolutely delighted to be receiving this award and grateful to Coventry University for the recognition, and for a fantastic job they do in training and developing the Midwifery workforce.
“At UHCW NHS Trust, we are lucky to work with some incredibly compassionate and dedicated Coventry University midwifery students and recent graduates.”
The former nurse, who has spent more than 30 years helping expectant mothers, remains influential in supporting and promoting healthcare training and innovation across the sector, according to the university.
She has been head of midwifery at the University Hospital for 15 years, as well as associate director for women and children’s safeguarding at the NHS Trust.
Born and brought up in Coventry, Carmel studied for her undergraduate degree at Coventry University before completing a master’s in medical ethics and law at Keele University.
In 1981 she took up her first post as a staff nurse at Walsgrave Hospital and it was there that she found her calling on the maternity wards.
She was made midwifery sister at the hospital just five years later.
In 1989 she began work as a community midwife in Coventry and in 1992 she returned to the Hospital as clinical specialist on the labour ward and later worked as head of midwifery at St Cross in Rugby.
Carmel joined UHCW as clinical midwifery manager, and since 2011 she has been their associate director of nursing for women and children’s safeguarding.
She also now serves as co-chair of the West Midlands Heads of Midwifery group, and sits on the Royal College of Midwives Advisory Group.
During her career, Carmel has worked with NHS Improvement to develop a tool around safe, sustainable staffing in midwifery services.
Carmel is supported by her family, with six nieces and nephews with whom she is very close – even being at the birth of her two great nephews.