Worcestershire’s hospital mentors recognised at university awards
Mentors from the trust were recognised for the outstanding contribution they make to University of Worcester students’ learning and training at an annual award ceremony last week.
The Mentor Awards, held on Tuesday 11 October at the University of Worcester Arena, acknowledged the fantastic support and advice being offered by hospital staff to university students in training.
Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust were awarded in the categories of nurse, midwife, allied health professional and Long Service Mentor. The trust also received the Outstanding Practice Learning Environment award for the Outpatients Department at Kidderminster Hospital and Treatment Centre.
This success comes after the nursing education team at the trust was only one of two trusts nationally whose mentorship programmes were rated as good across the board by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).
The award winners from the trust were:
Outstanding Mentor: Nurse - Rebecca Clarke, Worcestershire Royal Hospital
Outstanding Mentor: Midwife – Anna Meredith, Wyre Forest Community Midwives
Outstanding Mentor: Allied Health Professional – Angela Goulden, Alexandra Hospital
Long Service Mentor: Dr David Jenkins, Worcestershire Royal Hospital
Outstanding Practice Learning Environment – Outpatients Department, Kidderminster Hospital and Treatment Centre
Throughout the NHS, mentors are key to successful practice learning for many students. The awards ceremony celebrated the work of nurses, midwives, ambulance staff and social workers who make an outstanding contribution to the student’s experience. Staff were nominated for an award by their students and colleagues.
Worcestershire’s acute hospitals offer pre-registration nursing and midwifery placements across the Alexandra Hospital, Redditch, Kidderminster Hospital and Treatment Centre and Worcestershire Royal Hospital.
Sarah Needham, Lead Nurse for Education said: "We're proud to support this year’s Mentor Awards in recognition of the commitment of our staff to student learning. On behalf of the trust I would like to say thank you to all our mentors who make such a difference to the students they work with and offer our congratulations to this year's winners."
Jane Perry, Associate Head of the University of Worcester’s Institute of Health and Society, said: “Excellent mentors are the key to successful practice learning for many students.
“In holding this award ceremony each year, we recognise and celebrate the professionals who make an outstanding contribution to our students.”