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Nurse scholarships for patient-centred care announced

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A specialist health visitor and a lead children’s nurse have been revealed as the recipients of a practice development scholarship aimed at fostering patient-centred care.

The Foundation of Nursing Studies has today announced the clinicians who will receive the annual Richard Tomplins Nurse Development Scholarship.

The scholarship is described by the foundation as a “development opportunity” for a registered nurse, midwife or health visitor who is committed to “person-centred cultures of care”.

It is open to practitioners who are working clinically in any health or social care setting UK-wide, but is targeted in particular at those working at ward sister level or equivalent.

The first of the successful 2017 applicants is Sarah Brooker, a specialist health visitor and infant feeding lead at Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Ms Brooker said she was enthusiastic about being able to enhance her knowledge and skills to work with both staff and families to develop more person-centred cultures of care within her trust.

The other is Siobhan Weaver, the lead nurse in the children’s continuing care team at Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust.

She said she was looking forward to working with staff and service users to evaluate their current experiences and outcomes to identify how the service could be made more child and family-centred.

The scholarship includes a place at the Fostering a Culture of Effectiveness through Practice Development residential school in July, followed by mentorship for a year.


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