University shortlisted for six awards at ‘nursing education Oscars’

Student pictured delivering nursing practical task
"These awards are the Oscars of nurse education and it is an amazing achievement to reach the shortlist in so many categories." Bill Whitehead, Head of Department for Health Care Practice at the University

Date posted: 24 March 2017

The University of Derby has been shortlisted for six national awards for its nursing provision.

Now in their 6th year, the Student Nursing Times Awards are the only awards to celebrate the very best in student nurses and nurse education.

The awards pay tribute to students who have demonstrated the academic achievement, clinical prowess and personal qualities that will make them competent nurses. They also recognise and reward outstanding educational establishments and honour those who are committed to developing new nursing talent as mentors, lecturers and providers of placements.

The University has been shortlisted in the following categories:

  • Educator of the Year - Steven Collis, Lecturer in Pre-qualifying Health Care
  • Return to Practice Course of the Year
  • Student Placement of the Year: Community - University of Derby, Baslow Health Centre
  • Student Placement of the Year: Community - University of Derby, Brimington Surgery Practice
  • Nurse Education Provider of the Year (post-registration)  
  • Partnership of the Year –  University of Derby and Derbyshire Community Health Services 

The University’s Return to Practice course, nominated by Navjot Virk, Senior Lecturer in Post-registration Health Care, is designed specifically to support nurses who have had a break from their careers to develop the skills and knowledge required to work in a dynamic and challenging arena.

Navjot said: “We are proud to be a finalist as our course at University of Derby offers flexibility to support students in their journey for returning to nursing career.

“This flexibility includes multiple cohorts in a year with an option to choose where and when they want to be taught. Students value that they are not only receiving an excellent academic and clinical education but also high degree of pastoral support at University. The success of the course is evident in nursing workforce regeneration in the area.”

Brimington Surgery Practice Nurse Team have been shortlisted for Community Placement of the Year and were nominated for this award by the University of Derby Link Lecturer Lou Sherratt who supports this placement.

This placement area was the first GP practice to have student nurses for their yearlong Hub placement and offers students a valuable insight into the unique area of practice nursing.

Lou added: “Winning this award would further raise the profile of using GP practices as placements for Student Nurses as it has been an underutilised area in the past.”

In terms of partnership working, the University is working with Derbyshire Community Health Services, Derby Hospitals Teaching Hospitals and Cygnet Health Care in the design, delivery and funding of the MSc Nursing (Adult/Mental Health) pre-registration programme – locally known as the Derbyshire Fast Track programme.

Local employers are funding students to undertake this programme. Without this strong partnership between the University and practice partners the programme would not have been realised.

Steven Collis, Lecturer in Pre-qualifying Health Care, who has worked at the University of Derby for two years, has been shortlisted for Educator of the Year.

He said: “To feel that you have been recognised as having experience for something which you love and are so passionate about is quite a feeling.

“I’m truly humbled and gobsmacked that I have been shortlisted. To be up against people who have Doctor in front of their names, big people in industry, is amazing.

“When I left clinical nursing, my two aims were to help improve patient care and develop other nurses to be the best they can.

“I had lecturers and teachers that made me excel in areas that I never thought was possible and that always drives me to ensure that I help other trainee nurses be safe and competent to become the nurses researchers lecturers and leaders of the future.”

The awards ceremony will take place on April 27 at the London Hilton on Park Lane.

Bill Whitehead, Head of Department for Health Care Practice at the University of Derby, said: "I am very proud of our University of Derby staff, students and our local practice partners for being shortlisted in so many categories this year. These awards are the Oscars of nurse education and it is an amazing achievement to reach the shortlist in so many categories. I hope that the finalists have a great time at the award ceremony and I wish them all the best of luck."

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