Stockport NHS staff and ward shortlisted for prestigious national award

A Stepping Hill Hospital ward and its training supporters have been shortlisted for a national Student Nursing Times award in recognition of their excellent support for placement students and learners.

Ward D5, an elective surgical ward, was nominated in the ‘Placement of the Year’ category, and has gone through to the final alongside other top quality examples of NHS nursing student support from across the country.

Working with Stockport NHS Foundation Trust practice educational facilitator team, the staff of Ward D5 have created a model of learner support which has received outstanding feedback from student nursing staff based on the ward.

WARM AND WELCOMING: Staff on Ward D5 have been praised for their friendly and welcoming approach

Nursing students on the ward are supported in a friendly, warm and welcoming environment led by learning environment educator Esther Hayes, with the tone set by a welcoming gift to each new recruit, and a support pack to help them ensure a good work/life balance.

Among the support students receive are a nominated personal practice supervisor for each one who helps them set daily objectives with their own learning log, placements within different clinical environments to broaden their exposure to other disciplines, and arranging teaching sessions from clinical teams from outside the ward to train them in specialist areas.

Placement nursing students on the ward include those from the University of Manchester, The University of Salford, Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Bolton, as well as multi-professional healthcare cadets in partnership with the Trafford College group.

These students have consistently praised and its teaching model is now being replicated across the trust.

Stockport NHS Foundation Trust Chief Nurse Nic Firth said “Ward D5’s approach to student training is really remarkable, creating a compassionate and supportive environment which is a brilliant example to others. I’m delighted this dedication has been recognised by being shortlisted for the Student Nursing Times Awards, and I wish them all the best for their success with it.”

The Student Nursing Times Awards winners will be announced on April 28 at the JW Marriott Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

By Ben Granger


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