Kingston University and St George’s, University of London have been shortlisted in five categories at this year’s Student Nursing Times Awards.
Students and staff from the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, run jointly by Kingston and St George’s, have been nominated in four categories of the prestigious annual awards while the Pan London Learning Practice Group, which the two Universities are part of, is in the running for Partnership of the Year.
In its ninth year, the national awards shine a light on the brightest talent in the nursing community. They recognise students, graduates, nurses, lecturers and supervisors who go the extra mile, and universities that put student experience first.
Hannah Scrivener, who will be in the first cohort to graduate from Kingston’s Learning Disability Nursing Masters programme, is shortlisted for Student Nurse of the Year: Learning Disabilities. Hannah, from Streatham, South London, is also an editor for the British Nursing Journal and has been heavily involved in the University’s Heritage2Health programme which sees students and staff plan community events for people who feel socially isolated.
Hannah’s personal tutor and Associate Professor of Nursing Trish Griffin, who is also the professional lead for Learning Disability Nursing at Kingston and St George’s, nominated her for the award after calling the student a true role model and one to watch when she graduates later this year.
“Hannah displays all the key values, skills and attributes of a passionate learning disability nurse. A big supporter of person-centred care, Hannah always strives to ensure health inequalities experienced by people with a learning disability are diminished,” she said.
Children’s nursing student Linda Metcalfe has been shortlisted for Student Nurse of the Year: Children. The final year student, from Fulham, West London, was nominated by personal tutor Zoe Clark.
“Linda is an exceptional children and young people’s student nurse who is constantly trying to seek out opportunities and develop herself. She is a big advocate in helping to develop her fellow student nurses and always makes sure she provides the best care to children and their families,” said Mrs Clark.
Mrs Clark is also in the running for an award – for Educator of the Year – after being nominated by her manager, Professor of Children’s Nursing, Jayne Price for going above and beyond to ensure every student reaches their full potential.
“Zoe is admired and held up as a role model by students and her enthusiasm and passion for nursing, along with her flexibility and can-do attitude, are trademarks which make her so loved. She is very generous with the time and knowledge she gives to her students and seldom in all my years in nurse education have I encountered someone with such balanced excellence,” said Professor Price.
Joining Mrs Clark in the Educator of the Year category is Edwin Chamanga, senior lecturer in primary care and tissue viability. Mr Chamanga’s nomination was put forward by his manager, Carmel Blackie, who is Associate Professor for Primary Health Care. Mr Chamanga is a keen advocate for addressing the Black and Minority Ethnic attainment gap in higher education and ensuring more people from BME backgrounds get the opportunity to work in the healthcare industry.
The fifth Kingston and St George’s nomination sees the Pan London Practice Learning Group face six other partnerships for an award. The group, made up of 14 universities and 42 NHS trusts across the capital, helps develop, support, monitor and evaluate a standardised approach to practice learning and assessment for all students on pre-registration nursing programmes. This reduces variation in teaching so partners across London can work collaboratively.
Elsewhere, four of the 11 healthcare professionals shortlisted for Practice Supervisor of the Year – Alisa Ball, Connie Chingwaru, Joanne Mingo and Glyndwr Whitworth – have supported and supervised students at Kingston and St George’s while learning in practice environments. In addition, Great Ormond Street Hospital, where a number of Kingston and St George’s nursing students do work-based training, is in the running for Student Placement of the Year: Hospital.
The winners are due to be announced at an awards ceremony on Friday 24 April from 12pm to 4.30pm at Grosvenor House Hotel in Park Lane, Mayfair.