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The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital is a Finalist in the Student Nursing Times Awards 2024

The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has been shortlisted for the Student Placement of the Year (hospital).

Steph Mawson, Practice Placement Manager at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, said: “We’re absolutely delighted that our team has been recognised and I am so proud of the Clinical Teams at ROH who go above and beyond every day to support and teach our students. We do get really positive feedback from students, but to be nominated by University College Birmingham and shortlisted for this award showcases the impact our Clinical Teams have on our student learners.”

The Student Placement of the Year – Hospital award category seeks to recognise the wards and hospital settings that go the extra mile to manage the anxieties associated with going on placement by providing a structured learning environment that helps students to develop and flourish. This includes clearly setting out what students will be exposed to during their time at the hospital, and ensuring they are supported to learn, practise skills and gain knowledge from those around them with more experience.

One student commented on their experience in the programme: “As a student I felt like one of the family almost immediately. Everyone was willing to teach, communicate and help me when needed - HCAs, nurses , management and admin staff were all included within this. There was a brilliant community feel and a very professional work ethic at all times.”

University College Birmingham, which the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital partners with for undergraduate student nurse training, nominated the Birmingham Trust for this award.

Kathryn Riley, Director of Nurse Education at University College Birmingham, commented: “We nominated the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital as the Trust provides a consistently outstanding placement experience for students. So much so that students request to go back for further placements after their first allocation, and many students want to obtain work at the Trust on qualification. What shines through from student feedback is how much they have learned, how supported they were and that everything we taught them at University has prepared them for practice at the Trust.”

“Staff are excellent role models, going the extra mile to ensure students are supported as individuals, and it’s clear the positive working relationship between nursing and allied health professional staff enables students to really understand the full patient journey and the complexity of inter-professional working for the benefit of person-centred care.”

The Nursing Times 2024 Awards take place Friday 26th April in London, bringing together the nursing and midwifery community to shine a light on the brightest talent making their way into the profession.