BAPM President, Helen Mactier, announced this year's honorary BAPM members at the 2021 Annual Conference.
In no particular order, the Executive Committee decided this year to award Honorary BAPM membership to Michele Upton, Dr Alison Leaf and Roisin McKeon-Carter.
Michele Upton was honoured for her sterling work as Head of Maternity and Neonatal Safety at NHS England and NHS Improvement. Michele is a registered nurse, midwife and neonatal nurse and has campaigned tirelessly for patient safety, including leadership of workstream 2 of the Maternity Transformation Programme, Avoiding Term Admissions Into Neonatal units (Atain). Michele always ensures that BAPM is included in discussions and that the baby is not forgotten. It has been a real privilege for BAPM to work with Michele on many occasions, and we look forward to ongoing collaboration.
Dr Alison Leaf has been involved with BAPM for more than 20 years when she attended a clinical trials meeting in London as one of a small handful of neonatal trainees to have recorded electroretinograms in preterm infants. Alison has published extensively on various aspects of neonatal nutrition and was a founder member of N3, along with Gopi Menon and others. She worked for many years in Bristol and pioneered the campaign to fundraise for the milk bank which opened in Southmead hospital in 2008. Alison was Chief investigator for the ADEPT study, before moving to Southampton University Hospital.
Roisin McKeon-Carter is a senior ANNP/neonatal nurse consultant at the Derriford University Hospitals in Plymouth and has worked for the NHS for more than 30 years. Roisin worked on the production of the BAPM Framework for Practice for Transitional Care. Roisin is currently chair of the Neonatal Nurses’ Association and is a regular speaker at national and international conferences as a fantastic champion of ANNPs as well as neonatal practice in general.
They join a long list of people we're proud to have as Honorary Members.