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Bereavement midwife and team shortlisted for national award

Published 08/09/2015

A caring team which supports families who have lost babies through stillbirth or miscarriage have been nominated for a national award.

Members of the bereavement and midwifery team at the Royal Derby Hospital are one of four teams which have been shortlisted for the Best Bereavement Services award in the Butterfly Awards 2015.  

They now need the support of patients and families to boost their chances in the awards, which will be presented at a ceremony this October. 

Public voting is now open at www.thebutterflyawards.com and will run until 9pm on Monday, 21 September. Votes must be cast online.

Now in their third year, The Butterfly Awards aim to celebrate the strength of those families who have experienced the loss of a baby, and the people who help them.

At the Royal Derby Hospital, that is bereavement midwife Sue Rucklidge and her team.


Sue was appointed Derby’s first bereavement midwife just over five years ago, after she made a proposal to management within the Trust about how bereavement care could be improved for families suffering the impact of such a tragic loss.

The service she has established, which includes the Butterfly Suite for bereaved parents, has earned national recognition.

Rebecca Cumming, chair of the Derby Maternity Service Liaison Committee, who nominated Sue for the award, said: “The whole team care wonderfully for any parent who loses a baby. Parents who have lost babies have nothing but praise for the staff at the Royal Derby, the Butterfly Suite and Sue. No one wants to ever use this service but for those who have it makes such a difference to these parents.”

Sue has previously been shortlisted for the award for bereavement care in the annual awards run by the Royal College of Midwifery. She is also a previous winner of a Pride of Derby award, the internal awards run by the Trust to recognise staff who go above and beyond the call of duty. She was named best frontline member of staff, after being nominated by a couple who benefited from her support through the loss of three babies.

To cast a vote, visit www.thebutterflyawards.com, select the tab titled ‘Voting’ and scroll down until you see Royal Derby Hospital – Best Hospital Bereavement Service, click on the profile and press the black button labelled ‘vote’. A green tick will appear to show that your vote has been cast.


Sue Rucklidge - Butterfly Suite
Last Modified 09/09/2015