As part of Black History Month we have been catching up with a few of our amazing staff members who make a difference every day. This week we have caught up with Public Health Midwife and Wellbeing Team Lead Walburgh Manhungira, who is originally from Zimbabwe and works in the maternity team. We asked Walburgh a few questions about herself, her job and how she makes a difference.

What does a ‘typical’ day look like for you?

My typical day is massively varied, but mainly includes attending meetings, responding to emails, day to day team management and supporting my team and patients.

One way you’ve made a difference in your role – how?

Supported the implantation of the vaccination hub for our pregnant population. The Hub has made it easier for pregnant women to access important vaccinations during the pandemic and continues to do so. It gives equal access to vaccines for all.

What are you most proud of?

I am proud of the team I work with within my role, their actions mean a difference to so many women and their families.  The Wellbeing Team support women who have mental health concerns in pregnancy, they support smokers to quit which improves outcomes for mums and their babies, the team supports Young Families and we focus heavily on preventing ill health amongst the women.

Why do you think Black History Month is important? Do you have any tips for young black people considering a career in the NHS?

I think it’s a shame we only celebrate Black History in one month because there are so many black figures who have made great achievements in the past and during the present.  We should hail the achievements of Diane Abbott, Professor Jaqueline Dunkley-Bent, Ian Wright and locally, ex-Barnsley player Bruce Dyer.

I would encourage young black people to come into the NHS because those is lots to do and the NHS team will continue to need their brilliant minds.

Do you have any inspirational messages you’d like to share?

You are as important as the next person, make your contribution count.