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Student Quality Ambassador Awards

An awards ceremony recognising the work of Student Quality Ambassadors (SQAs) took place at the University’s Marriss House.

The SQA scheme is an NHS North West programme for healthcare students to promote best practice and quality initiatives. The scheme is administered by the University of Chester. It aims to identify and equip the brightest student healthcare professionals with the leadership and innovation skills required of a future NHS; empower those students never to walk past an episode of care they are not satisfied with and to showcase and share the resulting best practice across the wider healthcare system.

Simone Taylor, who studies Mental Health Nursing at the University of Chester, was named as the SQA Leader of the year. Simone, who was also the Chair of the SQA group at the University, was described as ‘an inspirational leader who organises organised the SQAs at Chester to create amazing projects. She is approachable and positive and always willing to help and share ideas’.

Deborah Mayne-Semple a Lecturer at Edge Hill University, received the SQA University Lead of the Year award. She was praised for bringing all the students at her University together; perceiving a person’s strengths even before they realise it; bringing positive energy and giving invaluable support.

The SQA Project of the Year award was given to Alice Waddington, Emily Kavanagh and Eve Hesketh from Edge Hill University for the Makaton Cards project, which enable others to learn new communication skills and change lives with learning disability service users by speaking in their Makaton language. The cards contain symbols and signs designed to be used as a prompt.

The Mentors in Practice of the Year (sponsored by PARE Practice Assessment Record and Evaluation) were named as Rebecca Hall and Donna Owen from Warrington Central District Nurses, Bridgewater Community NHS Foundation Trust. They were nominated for the support they gave to a student going through a difficult time personally, which enabled the student to complete their studies and they described them as ‘both exceptional at their jobs, and are both the type of nurse I aspire to be’.

Sheila Shennan, Lecturer in Health and Social Care at the University of Chester and SQA Lead, said: “The ideas, dedication and commitment showed by all our SQAs are simply amazing. They are a credit to the healthcare profession and should be very proud of all their impressive achievements.”

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