Proud Ghanaian and a Midwife resided in the United Kingdom and a registered member of the Royal College of Midwifes (RCM) UK, Mrs. Angelina Ankomah, has been adjudicated as the Overall Best Midwife of the Year by the National Black Asian Minority Ethic (BAME) and Care Awards, over the weekend.
Mrs. Ankomah, who is a lead Midwife, and a Diabetes Specialist at the West Herts NHS Trust, Watford General Hospital, Hertfordshire, won the award for her exceptional and dedicated service in the provision of the best possible care for gestational diabetes patients.
Her success story has been of her journey to save the lives of patients with diabetes. She was graded as a Quality Improvement Midwife, where she has been successful. She completed numerous quality improvement projects over the past three (3) years and has been instrumental in highlighting the excellent care delivered by her team to the Trust.
A citation presented to her as part of the award, penned by the lead Endocrinologist for the Trust, Dr. Tom Galliford reads:
Angelina as she is affectionately called by her colleagues and patients, is very dedicated, hardworking, passionate and her approachable nature stands her out as being a Role Model and inspirational Leader for her Midwife colleagues.
Angelina has been instrumental in rolling out a new technology for the management of mothers with gestational diabetes and was involved in a research for the use of the project and her introduction of new national guidelines and technology, are now fully adopted and embedded in the Trust, which has also highlighted the excellent care delivered and improved the outcome of the mothers of the BAME origin.
Dr. Anku Mehta, lead consultant Obstetrician and Diabelogist of the same Trust, also agrees that, Angelina has driven excellence amongst other members of the midwifery team who do not have expertise in the field of diabetes. She is exceedingly competent, dynamic, asset to the Health fraternity and a pleasure to work with.
Angelina is very passionate about increasing awareness on how to prevent type-2 diabetes through health promotions and indeed, she is truly an inspirational personality whose works and projects have improved care and outcomes of the diabetic mothers especially of the BAME origin. During the COVID 19 pandemic, Angelina quickly implemented new National Pathways for the diagnosis and management of gestational diabetes Mellitus, which ensured that, the risk for the mothers was minimized, both with regards to the unnecessary exposure to the virus, as well the risk of developing diabetes in pregnancy.
Angelina started her education at the Labone Secondary School in Accra in 1989, and completed at Accra Polytechnic now Accra Technical University in 1991. At the UK, she enrolled at the University of Hertfordshire where she had her Diploma in Adult Nursing before gaining her B.Sc in Midwifery at the same institution. She also has a Post Graduate Certificate Studies in Management of Diabetes in Pregnancy at the renowned University of Warwick.