The Pendle North Children and Family Health Services won the national Student Nursing Times Award for the Community Student Placement of the Year at a ceremony held at London’s Hilton on Park Lane on Thursday 1 May. The award recognised a placement which provided students with support during their time at the service, a structured environment for learning tailored to the individual student’s needs as well providing a culture that inspires the students to develop their knowledge and practical skills.
Lynne Braley, Network Director for the Children and Families Network at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said:
“I am extremely proud of the team for winning such a prestigious award. The team provides an outstanding learning environment for the students that are involved through placements. Having the right environment when learning is crucial to ensure the next generation of nurses, health visitors or any profession, of working to improve the care for patients in the future.
The team are great as they are very focused on educating and encouraging students, not only those within the team but also those studying different disciplines such as midwifery and social care, to aid their understanding of the work the team does and encourage the different areas to work together for the benefit of the families they work with.”
The Pendle North Children and Family Health Services team provide a range of services including Health Visitors for early years and School Nurses who provide advice and guidance on a range of issues for primary school aged children including asthma, healthy eating and head lice.
Kerry Riley, a newly qualified Health Visitor at Lancashire Care was also shortlisted for the Post Registration Student Nurse of the Year Award for her outstanding academic achievements whilst studying a post registration course.
Nursing Times and Student Nursing Times Editor, Jenni Middleton commented:
“The Student Nursing Times Awards are a fantastic celebration of student nurse education. It's a chance for educators, students and those who support them on placement to showcase their skills. These awards celebrate those who have chosen to be the next generation of nursing talent, and those supporting them in that ambition, and I am immensely proud to see such a huge amount of expertise, compassion and passion for nursing at the awards. It does show the future of nursing is in very safe hands, as chief nursing officer for England Jane Cummings said in her speech at the event. All the finalists and winners have so much to be proud of.”
The Student Nursing Times Awards celebrates the very best in nurse education, recognises and rewards brilliant educational establishments and honours those who are committed to developing new nursing talent as mentors, lecturers and providers of placements. The awards also pay tribute to students who have demonstrated the academic achievement, clinical prowess and personal qualities that will make them brilliant nurses.