It's a win-win situation for GWH's Acute Cardiac team

Posted: November 11, 2015

Team scoops two Placement of the Year awards

Placement 151112-350Congratulations to the Acute Cardiac Unit at Great Western Hospital who have won not one, but two awards at the Oxford Brookes Placement of the Year Awards 2015.

The team have been awarded Health Education South West Placement of the Year 2015 and Adult Nursing (Swindon) Placement of the Year.

The awards celebrate excellence in student placement provision by health and social care service providers and nominations are made by the students themselves.

The nomination said: "The staff are incredibly supportive, especially the Charge Nurse [Tony McCluskey]. There is ongoing learning from start to finish. They are understandable of the constraints you are under as a student and do allow you to work shifts around university commitments and personal life."

Lucy Marquiss, Senior Sister on the Acute Cardiac Unit, said: "We are extremely proud to have won these awards, it is a brilliant achievement for us. Every one of the team enjoys mentoring students and we strive to ensure that they have a positive learning experience whilst they are with us.

"What makes it all the more rewarding is that they have come from student nominations so we know that they have enjoyed their time with us."

Every year, the Trust's Student Placement team helps around 500 student nurses get their first experience of working on the wards, providing a link with universities such as Oxford Brookes, Bournemouth University and the University of the West of England.

Student Placement Manager, Shelly Knight, said: "This recognition shows the support mentors and teams provide to students within placements does not go unrecognised and the Trust is proud of these achievements and the support and learning opportunities all placements offer students."

Malmesbury health visitors and the Malmesbury Community Team were also highly commended at the awards.

Free courses

Health workers missing the buzz of a vibrant hospital setting after taking a career break can sign up for the Trust's acclaimed Return to Practice course.

The free programme, which was highly commended at Health Education South West's recent Return to Practice Awards, offers the support, guidance and training needed to get out-of-work nurses, midwives and health visitors back on a ward or community setting.

Run in partnership with the University of the West of England, the course runs three times a year with places for the next cohort in January now available.

Contact Shelly Knight on 01793 604437 for more information.

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