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The Awards recognise the student nurses, mentors, educators, universities and healthcare organisations that are making a real difference to frontline care across the country.

They have been shortlisted in the following categories:

  • Educator of the Year: Dean McShane, Mental Health Nursing Lecturer;

  • Student Midwife of the Year: Rebecca El Boukili;

  • Nursing Associate Trainee of the Year: David Williamson-Draper;

  • Partnership of the Year: Cheshire and Wirral Trainee Nursing Associate Partnership;

  • Nursing Associate Training Programme Provider of the Year: Cheshire and Wirral Trainee Nursing Associate Partnership.

The winners of the Awards will be announced at a ceremony on Friday, April 26 at Grosvenor House Hotel in London, bringing together the nursing community to shine a light on the brightest talent making their way into the profession. 

More on the shortlisted entries below:

Educator of the Year: Dean McShane, Mental Health Nursing Lecturer

Jenny Stewart, Senior Lecturer in Public Health and Wellbeing at the University, nominated Dean McShane for his award. She said: “Dean has formed partnerships with Warrington Wolves and the local community dementia charity, Hope View. He has connected his mental health student nurses at the University’s Warrington Campus with the Alzheimer’s Society dementia charity. Each student has been partnered with a member of the public who is known to the charity and the student accompanies this person to a Warrington Wolves match. This has given the students a different learning experience but it also supports the local community. I thought his work sounded amazing and I’m so pleased that he has been shortlisted!”

Dean McShane added: “I feel honoured to have been nominated for this award, and I am so proud of all of the work we are currently doing with the Warrington Wolves in enabling people living with dementia to remain valuable members of the rugby community. I have to date created 1,100 dementia friends at the University and helped us to gain the Dementia Friendly Campus status. We have also done some great work in fundraising for local dementia farm – Hope View - and many of our students are now volunteers there.”

Student Midwife of the Year: Rebecca El Boukili (Wirral University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust)

Rebecca El Boukili is a third year student midwife, who has proven herself to be an outstanding student. Rebecca wrote a poem about breastfeeding to encourage women to breastfeed. It is on the wall in Arrowe Park Hospital and is used as part of the breastfeeding ante-natal class. It has also been accepted for publication by Midwifery Matters magazine.

Rebecca also designed a safe sleep leaflet after realising that although safe sleep is covered in discharge information, often women stay in hospital for a few nights, so it needed to be addressed earlier. She designed a leaflet to go on all the cots on the maternity ward with the agreement of the Ward Manager. She printed Movement Matters posters in different languages and asked permission for them to go on the notice boards in local mosques in the hope that they would reach groups of women who do not speak English. (The Movement Matters campaign aims to challenge dangerous myths about fetal movement, such as that babies move less in third trimester due to lack of space.)

Rebecca arranged a collection of baby and maternity clothes and equipment for refugees in Liverpool which was highly appreciated by the recipients. She also developed a communication book for the ward which is aimed at people who do not speak English or those with disabilities.

Joanne Bates, Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader MSc Maternal and Women’s Reproductive Health, who nominated her, said: “There are several more initiatives that Rebecca has completed but this gives a snapshot of how motivated Rebecca is to women and midwifery. Furthermore, Rebecca is progressing very well on her midwifery degree course, receiving excellent feedback from her mentors and achieving well academically. Rebecca is an exceptional young woman and student midwife, of whom who we are all extremely proud.”

Nursing Associate of the Year: David Williamson-Draper (Wirral Community NHS Foundation Trust)

David Williamson-Draper recently qualified as a Nursing Associate. The role of the nursing associates is newly developed and is designed to address a skills gap between health care assistants and registered nurses. Having successfully completed the programme, David was one of the first people entered on to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) register as a qualified Nurse Associate in January 2019.

As part of David's Trainee Nursing Associate training, he worked on a Learning Disability unit. Whilst working on this placement, David met a young male client with learning disabilities, who had no awareness of sexual health or sexually transmitted infections. David therefore decided to implement a project within the whole of the LD Department to address this.

He was nominated for the award by Senior Lecturer, and Nursing Associate Programme Lead, Katie Mansfield-Loynes: “David took it upon himself to organise a project team from within the LD Department and he encouraged staff working there to talk about and inform the project with their personal experiences and where they felt they too needed support.

“David has delivered a condom teaching session aimed at staff, adapted to meet the needs of people with a learning disability. David also made a social story and talking book for those service users who had trouble with reading. Positive feedback stated that having resources that directly addressed clients’ needs and did so in a positive way helped in further discussions around all aspects of sexual relationships and sexual health.”

Partnership of the Year: Cheshire and Wirral Trainee Nursing Associate Partnership

The Cheshire and Wirral Training Nursing Associate Partnership is one of the first pilot sites supported by Health Education England to develop and deliver a Trainee Nursing Associate programme.

Partners from across Cheshire and Wirral NHS Trusts, together with the Faculty of Health and Social Care at the University of Chester have worked together to co-construct a programme that supports the education and practice requirements of trainee nurse associates.

The programme is designed to place strong emphasis on the development of interpersonal relationships and is built on the premise of understanding patients as people and their care needs as unique to the individual. The new nurse associate role, which has been developed to address a skills gap between health care assistants and registered nurses, is now established as part of the health and social care workforce.

Successful completion of the first cohort of students is felt to be just the beginning of the journey in terms of shaping the future health workforce and it is likely that other new roles will be developed to manage the new approaches to health and wellbeing set out in the recently published NHS Long Term Plan. 

Nursing Associate Training Programme Provider of the Year: Cheshire and Wirral Trainee Nursing Associate Partnership

As one of the first pilot sites for the Trainee Nursing Associate (TNA) programme, the local partnership of NHS Trusts and the University of Chester has worked innovatively together. The University has provided the educational theory and worked with NHS colleagues to ensure that theory underpinned the vision articulated by directors of nursing across Cheshire and Wirral.

The importance of delivering person-centred care led to the idea of having people with experience of using local health services, known as ‘Lived Experience Connectors’, introduced at the start of the programme - with each TNA being allocated their own Lived Experience Connector. The TNA provides students with feedback to enable them to develop a detailed understanding of how care is experienced by service users. This information is used to prompt students to think about how services can be improved from the point of view of the individuals accessing them and their families/ supporters.

The shortlisted categories recognise innovative local work to help shape and promote the new NHS role of the Trainee Nursing Associate (TNA).  The Cheshire and Wirral Training Nursing Associate Partnership was successful in being selected by Health Education England as one of the first pilot sites to pioneer the new nursing associate role.

Nursing associates are already making a really positive impact on the wider nursing family by supporting person-centred care.

Avril Devaney, Director of Nursing at Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust – speaking on behalf of local NHS trusts, said: “We are absolutely delighted that the Trainee Nursing Associate work done locally, in partnership with the University of Chester, has been recognised nationally through the shortlisting of the Nursing Associate Partnership for best partnership of the year and also best training programme provider – together with one member of the TNA cohort being shortlisted for Nursing Associate Trainee of the Year.

Professor Angela Simpson, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health and Social Care at the University of Chester, said: “The development of the TNA programme, as part of the wider Health Education England pilot project, has been an exciting journey in the co-construction of a programme designed to meet a newly defined role. 

“Partners were clear from the outset that we were seeking to design a curriculum that would instil a strong grasp of person-centred care at its heart, by encouraging students to explore each episode of care from a uniquely individual perspective.”

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