Outstanding student nurses and their educators have been celebrated today at a glittering ceremony in London.
The winners of this year’s Student Nursing Times Awards were announced this afternoon at the London Hilton on Park Lane.
“Every year, our judges are stunned by the standard of our entrants”
Among the winners was Travis Norton, from the University of Birmingham, who was judged this year’s Student Nurse of the Year in the adult category.
Our awards judges said they were impressed by the “mature and professional approach” that Mr Norton had to nursing, particularly in relation to inter-professional development. They described him as “an exceptional role model to fellow student nurses”.
Patricia Stringfellow, from Birmingham City University, won in the children’s category, with judges saying she was a “passionate, enthusiastic and a great advocate for both the child and family”.
In addition, Joe Atkinson, from York University, came out top in the mental health category and Anna Johnson, from Nottingham University, for learning disabilities.
Mr Atkinson was described by judges as an “exceptional talent at conveying the qualities of a student nurse”, who demonstrated “trustworthiness, warmth, genuineness, maturity and leadership”.
The judges said they felt Ms Johnson was an outstanding candidate who was “well prepared, passionate and showed a willingness to change”, and was a likely “nurse leader of the future”.
Similarly, the Student Midwife of the Year, who was named as Laura Thomas from Bangor University, was earmarked by judges as “clearly a future leader for midwifery”.
Meanwhile, the Educator of the Year, was announced as Jennie Young, from the University of Stirling, and the Mentor of the Year was Liz Maby, from Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust.
The judges said they felt Ms Young was “influential, demonstrated great humility and has a humble approach”.
She was someone who “stretches students while empowering them to take ownership and gain in confidence”, they added.
On mentorship, the judges said Ms Maby recognised the “importance of great role modelling” and liked to “challenge and emphasise the development of softer skills”.
They noted that she also asked students to continually reflect throughout the day in order to develop such skills as an “essential part of practice”.
Liverpool John Moores University went home with the trophy for Nurse Education Provider of the Year for pre-registration training and Sunderland University for post-registration.
Jenni Middleton, Nursing Times editor and host of the Student Nursing Times Award, said: “Every year, our judges are stunned by the standard of our entrants, and this year in particular they commented to me just how much better the quality of applicants was.
“We are delighted to be handing out these trophies to the very best students, and the organisations that are supporting them and helping them to become nurses,” she said.
Student Nursing Times Awards 2018
Full list of winners at the 2018 Student Nursing Times Awards
- Educator of the Year – Jennie Young, University of Stirling
- Learner of the Year: Post-Registration – Tina Taylor, University of South Wales
- Mentor of the Year – Liz Maby, Princess Alexandra Hospital Trust
- Most Inspirational Student of the Year – Charlene Baillie, Swansea University
- Nurse Education Provider of the Year (Post-registration) – University of Sunderland
- Nurse Education Provider of the Year (Pre-registration) – Liverpool John Moores University
- Outstanding Contribution to Student Affairs – Laura MacPherson and Kelly-Hellen Hitchcock, University of Derby
- Partnership of the Year – London South Bank University and St Mungo’s
- Return to Practice Course of the Year – Northumbria University
- Student Experience – Faculty of Health & Wellbeing, University of Central Lancashire
- Student Innovation in Practice – Fern Glenister, University of Bedfordshire
- Student Midwife of the Year – Laura Thomas, Bangor University
- Student Nurse of the Year: Adult – Travis Norton, University of Birmingham
- Student Nurse of the Year: Children – Patricia Stringfellow, Birmingham City University
- Student Nurse of the Year: Learning Disabilities – Anna Johnson, University of Nottingham
- Student Nurse of the Year: Mental Health – Joe Atkinson, University of York
- Student Placement of the Year: Community – Northampton University and Newport Pagnell Medical Centre
- Student Placement of the Year: Hospital – Manchester University Hospitals FT and Manchester Royal Infirmary
- Teaching Innovation of the Year – Dementia simulation experience, Buckinghamshire New University
Student community placement award goes to educators at Wolverhampton
Student Placement of the Year: Community
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The University of Northampton’s adult nursing team won Student Placement of the Year: Community award for its work with Newport Pagnell Medical Practice‘s integrated nursing team.
“All of the nominees are winners with their commitment to innovative nursing practices”
The practice works in close partnership with the University and has mentored over 25 student nurses through its placement scheme. Its lead practice nurse, along with the district nursing team, have offered a vast variety of learning opportunities and first-hand nursing experience to students over the past five years.
Claire Clinker, senior lecturer in adult nursing at the university, said: “In time honoured award ceremony style, I’ll say that it was great to just be nominated for the sterling work of our nursing team with our brilliant partners at Newport Pagnell Medical Practice.
“Although we received the statuette, all of the nominees are winners with their commitment to innovative nursing practices,” she said.”Congrats all round!”
Bucks New win the award for teaching innovation
Teaching Innovation of the Year Award
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Buckinghamshire New University won the Teaching Innovation of the Year Award for its training with dementia simulation.
Sam McCormack, simulation and skills team lead, Rachel Cabrel, senior lecturer, and Kelly Milligan, simulation and skills technician, picked up the award at the ceremony at the London Hilton.
“We pride ourselves on employment-focused and skills-based teaching”
Ms McCormack said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have won the Innovation in Teaching Award for the dementia simulation. To date 550 of our nursing students have experienced the simulation thanks to our academic and profession service employee colleagues.
“The simulation aims to ensure students develop holistic skills in early recognition, understanding the impact of, and working with individuals and families where dementia is a key factor,” she said.
“At Bucks we pride ourselves on employment-focused and skills-based teaching and it’s brilliant this has been recognised with the award,” she added.
Derby students winners for outstanding student affairs contribution
Outstanding Contribution to Student Affairs
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Two students who set up the University of Derby’s Nursing Society have scooped a top prize in the Outstanding Contribution to Student Affairs category at the Student Nursing Times Awards 2018.
Kelly-Hellen Hitchcock and Laura MacPherson, both third-year mental health students, set up the society to unite student nurses from across all cohorts and disciplines at Derby. The society, which has around 100 members, aims to provide peer support, as well as organise social events and career-focused trips.
“I hope we’ve made a difference to the student nursing experience at the university”
As part of the society, the pair, who are both academic representatives for their course at Derby, arranged trips to the Royal College of Nursing Congress and Nursing Times Careers Fair, organised a Nursing Society Christmas lecture with academics from across the university and guest speakers, as well as raising more than £800 funds for the Teenage Cancer Trust.
They have also actively encouraged students to take part in the national Scrap the Cap Campaign – urging the government to ditch the 1% cap on public sector pay – completing postcards, attending an organised rally in London, and inviting local MP Chris Williamson to speak to student nurses.
Ms Hitchcock said: “It is so amazing to win this award and be able to showcase all of the work we have put in and the fantastic things we have achieved with the Nursing Society over the last 18 months.
“Most of all, it’s a great chance for us to thank all of the people who have been a part of our journey,” she said. “While it’s our names on the award, so many people have helped us get here, and we accept it on their behalf too. It’s such a surprise and an absolute joy to end our time as student nurses on such an incredible high.”
“The Nursing Society has been fundamental in helping students to communicate with one another”
Ms MacPherson added: “I hope we’ve made a difference to the student nursing experience at the University of Derby, which will continue long after we have left. This is an amazing way to recognise and celebrate nearly finishing our training.”
Dr Paula Holt, pro vice-chancellor dean of the College of Health and Social Care at the University of Derby, said: “This is an exceptional achievement and we are extremely proud of our engaged, committed and talented students, who are so passionate about their studies and supporting others.
“The Nursing Society has been fundamental in helping students to communicate with one another and share their experiences of studying at Derby and we hope it continues in the future, helping the next generation of trainee nurses,” she said.