Student Nursing Times Awards 2017 shortlist celebrates outstanding activities in the School of Nursing

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Staff and students from the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education have received a host of nominations in this year’s Student Nursing Times Awards, recognising the innovative learning and teaching happening across the School of Nursing.

The awards, organised by industry magazine Nursing Times, celebrate the students who have demonstrated the academic achievement, clinical prowess and personal qualities that will make them brilliant nurses, as well as recognising and rewarding outstanding practice partners and clinical placements. They also honour those who are committed to developing new nursing talent as mentors, lecturers and providers of placements.

Students and staff from the School of Nursing feature in six of the award categories:


Educator of the Year

Professor Jayne Price received her nomination for Educator of the year from a number of children’s nursing students, a colleague and her head of school. When asked about the nomination, she said: “I was very humbled and thrilled by the lovely testimonials written about me, my teaching and the impact I make on student learning.”


Learner of the Year: Post-reg

The Faculty was very proud to have two students shortlisted in the Learner of the year: post reg category, both nominated by Dr Maria Ponto. Dr Ponto said that student Siby Sikhamoni (left) has demonstrated dedication, leadership and application to practice that led to an improvement in critical care nurses’ knowledge of assessing delirium. Alongside Siby, Dr Ponto praised student Maria Prous for her excellent grades, describing her as a highly motivated student who is progressing well on the MSc Clinical Leadership course.


Partnership of the Year 

The Learning Disability Nursing team work together with the Baked Bean Company, which provide arts-based opportunities, theatre skills and performance to more than 200 people with learning disabilities in South London. The partnership works collaboratively to provide innovative education to student nurses, including performances and simulations that help them put theory into practice.


Return to Practice Course of the Year

The Faculty’s Return to Practice for Nurses course, lead by Rosi Castle, provides an opportunity for registered nurses who have taken a career break to return to the sector, fully equipped with up-to-date knowledge and experience of current nursing practices. Together with placement partners, the course has seen numerous nurses bring their wide-ranging expertise back into practice, including one student who has successfully returned to nursing after a 30-year break.


Student Nurse of the Year: Learning Disabilities

Learning Disability nursing student Ekta Shah so impressed her placement mentors that they supported her nomination for Student nurse of the year without hesitation. Both spoke in their testimonials about Ekta’s person-centred approach to nursing, her commitment to active learning, sharing of knowledge, enthusiasm and professionalism throughout her placements, and her dedication to providing outstanding care to patients.


Teaching Innovation of the Year 

The Children’s Nursing team and their clinical skills lead, Lorna Ashbrooke, have developed clinical simulations that bring their students face to face with child role-players. This unique teaching innovation focuses on safeguarding, sustainability and unbiased child (consumer) feedback on students’ skills in practice, and has proved popular among the trainee children’s nurses.

One of the Faculty’s partners, the Royal Hospital for Neurodisability in Putney, who provide outstanding placement opportunities for the University’s nursing students, was also shortlisted in the Student Placement of the Year: Hospital category.

The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in London on 27 April 2017.