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Revealed: Who were the winners at this year's Student Nursing Times Awards

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Student nurses from Stirling, London, Nottingham and Birmingham were among those celebrated as the best in the country in their category at the annual Student Nursing Times Awards.

Sophie Cameron, from the University of Stirling, was named Student Nurse of the Year in the adult category at a ceremony yesterday at the London Hilton on Park Lane.

The judging panel said described Ms Cameron as “honest and authentic”, and that her “passion” shone through during their interview.

Ms Cameron, from Nairn and who based at the University’s Highland Campus, said: “Winning this nursing award felt really overwhelming.

“I was humbled to make it as a finalist so to win felt like such an achievement,” she said. ”I’ve been given so many opportunities through my nursing degree at Stirling and I’ve really had the chance to make it my own. This award has shown me what you can do when you push yourself.”

Meanwhile, Anwar Tabali, who is studying at London South Bank University, was named top student in the children’s nursing category.

The judges described him as a “passionate, enthusiastic and empathetic student” who challenged practice to “make care better for both children and their families”.

In addition, the award for Student Nurse of the Year for learning disabilities went to Nottingham University’s Abigail Baxter, and the one for mental health was won by Suzanne Noble from the University of Birmingham.

Student Nursing Times Awards 2017

Winners at the 2017 Student Nursing Times Awards revealed

Ms Baxter is “one to watch”, according to the judging panel, while Ms Noble’s examples of clinical and academic practice were described as “exceptional”.

Ms Baxter, a final year nursing student from Melton Mowbray, said:” It is a huge privilege to have won Student Nurse of the Year (Learning Disabilities) and it has only driven me further to continue professional work that supports diversity and inclusion, both of which are significant for the learning disability population.

“I’d specifically like to thank a local organisation, Leicester LGBT Centre, as they welcomed and supported me in developing the project which has led to this award,” she said.

Among those providing nursing education, Ivor Smith, a lecturer at the University of Stirling, won the award for “Educator of the Year”.

Judges described him as an “exceptional educator who has high regard for students and their life experiences”.

They said the “breadth of educational approaches and clinical authenticity was incredible”.

Mr Smith joined the university on secondment from NHS Forth Valley and teaches on the undergraduate mental health nursing programme.

He said: “This is the second year I have been shortlisted for a Student Nursing Times Award and this year was even more special because I had no idea that I had been nominated by my colleagues and students for the accolade.

“I was delighted to receive such positive feedback from my students, who said the support I give them makes a real difference to their university experience,” he said.

Birmingham City University was named Nurse Education Provider of the Year for post-registration training and Edinburgh Napier University won the gong for pre-registration education.

Student Nursing Times Awards 2017

Winners at the 2017 Student Nursing Times Awards revealed

Overall, the largest hoard of awards went to the University of Nottingham, which walked away with four, while the University of Stirling secured two.

Jenni Middleton, editor of both Nursing Times and Student Nursing Times, said: “The Student Nursing Times Awards are always very special. Every year I am impressed by the standard of the students who enter – they demonstrate all the hard work, intelligence, enthusiasm, passion and skill we want to see in our future workforce.

“It is incredible to look at what they achieve in addition to their studies,” she said. “Of course, they could not do that without the support of their mentors on placement and university staff, which is why we are so pleased to be able to honour those individuals and institutions in these awards too.”

She added: “This event shows the excellence entering nursing and we are extremely proud of all our finalists and winners. Congratulations to them all.”

A full list of our winners is included below. All of those individuals and organisations that were short-listed in each category are also listed on the Student Nursing Times Awards website.

Congratulations to all our winners and thank you very much to all who entered.

Winners at the 2017 Student Nursing Times Awards

Educator of the Year

  • Ivor Smith, University of Stirling

Student Nursing Times Awards 2017

Winners at the 2017 Student Nursing Times Awards revealed

Ivor Smith

Learner of the Year: Post-registration

  • Liz Spencer, Manchester Metropolitan University

Student Nursing Times Awards 2017

Winners at the 2017 Student Nursing Times Awards revealed

Liz Spencer

Mentor of the Year

  • Lesley Wright, De Montfort University

Student Nursing Times Awards 2017

Winners at the 2017 Student Nursing Times Awards revealed

Lesley Wright

Most Inspirational Student Nurse of the Year

  • Kelly Spence, Teesside University

Student Nursing Times Awards 2017

Winners at the 2017 Student Nursing Times Awards revealed

Kelly Spence

Outstanding Contribution to Student Affairs

  • Orla Hillary, Whittington Health

Student Nursing Times Awards 2017

Winners at the 2017 Student Nursing Times Awards revealed

Orla Hillary

Partnership of the Year

  • Stockport Foundation Trust and Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

Student Nursing Times Awards 2017

Winners at the 2017 Student Nursing Times Awards revealed

Manchester Metropolitan University, Stockport FT and Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

Return to Practice Course of the Year

  • University of Chester and Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Student Nursing Times Awards 2017

Winners at the 2017 Student Nursing Times Awards revealed

University of Chester and Mid Cheshire Hospitals FT

Student Midwife of the Year

  • Claire Vinter, University of Nottingham

Student Nursing Times Awards 2017

Winners at the 2017 Student Nursing Times Awards revealed

Claire Vinter

Student Nurse of the Year: Adult

  • Sophie Cameron, University of Stirling

Student Nursing Times Awards 2017

Winners at the 2017 Student Nursing Times Awards revealed

Sophie Cameron

Student Nurse of the Year: Children

  • Anwar Tabali, London South Bank University

Student Nursing Times Awards 2017

Winners at the 2017 Student Nursing Times Awards revealed

Anwar Tobali

Student Nurse of the Year: Learning Disabilities

  • Abigail Baxter, University of Nottingham

Student Nursing Times Awards 2017

Winners at the 2017 Student Nursing Times Awards revealed

Abigail Baxter

Student Nurse of the Year: Mental Health

  • Suzanne Noble, University of Birmingham

Student Nursing Times Awards 2017

Winners at the 2017 Student Nursing Times Awards revealed

Suzanne Noble

Student Placement of the Year: Community

  • University of Surrey and Virgin Care

Student Nursing Times Awards 2017

Winners at the 2017 Student Nursing Times Awards revealed

Virgin Care

Student Placement of the Year: Hospital

  • Salford University and Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust

Student Nursing Times Awards 2017

Winners at the 2017 Student Nursing Times Awards revealed

Salford Royal FT/Salford University

Nurse Education Provider of the Year (post-registration)

  • Birmingham City University

Student Nursing Times Awards 2017

Winners at the 2017 Student Nursing Times Awards revealed

Birmingham City University

Nurse Education Provider of the Year (pre-registration)

  • Edinburgh Napier University

Student Nursing Times Awards 2017

Winners at the 2017 Student Nursing Times Awards revealed

Edinburgh Napier University

Student Experience

  • University of Nottingham, School of Health Sciences Pre-registration nursing programme

Student Nursing Times Awards 2017

Winners at the 2017 Student Nursing Times Awards revealed

University of Nottingham

Teaching Innovation of the Year

  • University of Nottingham

Student Nursing Times Awards 2017

Winners at the 2017 Student Nursing Times Awards revealed

University of Nottingham

 

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  • Well done to all the Student Nursing Times finalists. We are delighted that the Hospital Palliative Care Team at Salford Royal won Student Hospital Placement category. We are so pleased that Students are gaining great experience within a Palliative Care setting.

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