Hilary Alba’s role at Special Needs in Pregnancy Service (SNIPS) covers a variety of areas, often working with vulnerable mothers including pregnant asylum seekers and trafficked mothers. Much of Hilary’s work has been around ensuring these vulnerable people are supported in attending appointments regularly and safely.
Hilary is never afraid to stick up for those who do not have a voice, even where it goes against deeply held cultural views, in order to secure the best possible health outcomes. She also goes above and beyond to advocate for those who cannot speak English.
Hilary’s vision of a Queen’s Nurse is one of excellence, with exemplary clinical skills. Hilary sees the Queen’s Nurse as an ambassador for positive change. She thinks that now, more than ever, it is essential that the spotlight remains on the role of the community practitioner, particularly as cities such as Glasgow strive to provide quality, person-centred care for the most marginalised.
Her development project seeks to expand an existing project which provides practical and emotional support for female refugees/asylum seekers during pregnancy and in the postpartum period. She would like to expand this project to include bespoke ante-natal support for these groups.
Evelyn Frame, Chief Midwife.
Hilary is always looking to develop herself to ensure she has the correct skills and tools to make improvements and her excellent communication skills are evidenced in the work she is doing.