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Health and Social Care Professionals Celebrated at University's Annual Mentor Awards

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Health and social care professionals who mentor University of Worcester students have been recognised and celebrated at an award ceremony.

The University held its annual Mentor Awards in collaboration with its NHS practice partners, as it sought to celebrate the outstanding work of those from a number of disciplines, including nursing, midwifery, ambulance personnel, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, social work, criminology, and youth and community work, who build successful mentoring relationships with students.

Jane Perry, Associate Head of the University’s Institute of Health and Society, said: “Excellent mentors are the key to successful practice learning for many students.

“In holding this award ceremony each year, we recognise and celebrate the professionals who make an outstanding contribution to our students.”

Andrea Sutcliffe, Chief Inspector of Social Care at the Care Quality Commission, gave the evening’s opening address and presented the awards, which were divided into two categories – Outstanding Mentors and Outstanding Practice Learning Environment.

Lorraine Deeprose, from Cornmeadow Early Years and Families in Checkets Lane, Worcester, which won an Outstanding Practice Learning Environment award, said: “We were so overwhelmed to be nominated, but to actual win was unbelievable. To be able to offer the University of Worcester students their first insight into being an Early Years Professional is a responsibility. These are our future practitioners and teachers so it is paramount they get good practice learning environments, with the right help and support.”

Sarah Needham, Lead Nurse for Education at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, added: “We’re proud to support this year’s Mentor Awards in recognition of the commitment of our staff to student learning. On behalf of the Trust I would like to say thank you to all our mentors who make such a difference to the students they work with and offer our congratulations to this year’s winners.”

The winners were:

Outstanding Mentor
? Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust: Nurse – Rebecca Clarke
? Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust: AHP - Angela Goulden
? Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust: Midwife - Anna Meredith
? Worcestershire Health & Care NHS Trust: Nurse - Merril Davies
? Worcestershire Health & Care NHS Trust: AHP - Victoria Wormleighton
? Wye Valley NHS Trust: Nurse - Patricia Kane
? Wye Valley NHS Trust: AHP - Sue Van Meeuwen
? Wye Valley NHS Trust: Midwife - Lisa Lerigo
? 2gether NHS Foundation Trust - Charlotte Miles
? Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust - Victoria Holbrook
? South Worcestershire CCG: Nurse/AHP - Sarah Weaver
? Redditch & Bromsgrove CCG: Nurse/AHP - Conchitina Anis
? Wyre Forest CCG: Nurse/AHP - Grace Castree
? Herefordshire CCG: Nurse/AHP - Sharon Bloise
? Independent Sector: Nurse - Jo Stewart
? Independent Sector: AHP - Kelly Newton
? Social Work - Sarah-Jayne Robertson
? Youth and Community - Ann Nicholls
? Foundation Degrees - Leanne Carter
? Applied Criminology - Devin Pearson
? Birmingham Ambulance Locality - Cameron McVittie
? Black Country Ambulance Locality - Jon Ostrowski
? Herefordshire and Shropshire Ambulance Locality - Andrew Hayles
? Worcestershire Ambulance Locality - Lisa Cook
? Long Service Mentor - Dr David Jenkins
? Aspiring Mentor/Supportive Colleague - Lily Zhou
? Post Qualifying Courses - Dr Jaspal Singh
? Multi-disciplinary Mentor - Jane Smart

Outstanding Practice Learning Environment
? Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust - Outpatients, Kidderminster Hospital and Treatment Centre
? Worcestershire Health & Care NHS Trust - Early Intervention Service North
? Wye Valley NHS Trust - Wye Ward, The County Hospital, Hereford
? 2gether NHS Foundation Trust - Assertive Outreach Team
? CCG/Independent Sector - In-Patient Unit, St Richard’s Hospice
? Social Work - SHYPP (Supported Housing for Young People Project)
? Youth and Community - Worcester Community Trust
? Applied Criminology - YSS Ltd
? Foundation Degrees - Cornmeadow Early Years and Families
? Hub of the Year - Dudley Hub
? Innovative Placement - Birth Centre, Gloucestershire Royal Hospital & Birth Centre, Cheltenham General Hospital