University Celebrates Health Mentors

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Health and social care professionals who mentor students from the University of Worcester were celebrated at a special awards ceremony.

The University’s annual Mentor Awards recognise outstanding contributions to the student practice learning experience by professionals in the workplace.

Dr Jan Quallington, new Head of the University’s Institute of Health and Society, said: “Health, social care and community sector environments are undergoing unprecedented change and reconfiguration. However, in spite of this, the professionals who mentor our students in practice environments continue to provide outstanding support, role modelling and practice education for the health, social care and community practitioners of the future.

“We are very grateful for their dedication and time. The mentor awards are an important celebration in our annual calendar and provide an opportunity to recognise and celebrate the valuable contribution that mentors make in our programmes.” University Celebrates Health Mentors

The University has held the Mentor Awards for the past four years in collaboration with its NHS practice partners. More than 100 guests attended the prestigious ceremony including mentors, NHS trust managers and representatives from the University.

The event further reflects the University’s reputation for excellence in nursing, which was ranked top in the country in the recent National Student Survey 2012.

Helen Blanchard, Chief Nursing Officer at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “I would like to thank all our mentors and especially the nominees for their commitment to providing a positive learning environment for students. The significant role they play in preparing the professional of the future is vital for high quality patient care to be achieved.”

The Winners

Outstanding Mentor Award - Worcester Royal Hospital
Amanda Hill

Outstanding Mentor Award - Alexandra Hospital & Kidderminster Hospital
Kathy Crosbie

Outstanding Mentor Award Midwifery – Worcester
Deborah Hughes

Outstanding Mentor Award - Worcestershire Health & Care NHS Trust: Community & Specialist Services
Alison Cutler

Outstanding Mentor Award - Worcestershire Health & Care NHS Trust: Inpatient Services
Danny Whyte

Outstanding Mentor Award - Wye Valley NHS Trust: Acute
Marian Hill

Outstanding Mentor Award - Wye Valley NHS Trust: Community
Katherine Bouifraden

Outstanding Mentor Award – Midwifery – Hereford
Pauline Crockett

Outstanding Mentor Award - 2gether NHS Foundation Trust
Julie Powles

Outstanding Mentor Award - Independent Sector
Mary Morris

Outstanding Mentor Award - Birmingham, Black Country & Warwickshire Ambulance Locality
Vanessa Hodgkins

Outstanding Mentor Award - Worcestershire Ambulance Locality
Lorraine McHugh

Outstanding Mentor Award - Herefordshire & Shropshire Ambulance Locality
Russell Keogh

Outstanding Mentor Award - Social Work
Gill Allard

Outstanding Mentor Award - Youth and Community
Ellen Sanders

Outstanding Practice Learning Environment, Social Work
Primrose Hospice

Outstanding Practice Learning Environment, Youth and Community
Perdiswell Young People’s Leisure Club

Outstanding Practice Learning Environment Worcestershire
Accident & Emergency Department, Worcester Royal Hospital

Outstanding Practice Learning Environment Herefordshire
St Michael’s Hospice

Outstanding Ambulance Station
Cradley Heath Ambulance Station