The University of Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust have awarded Marlow Community Hospital ‘Placement of the Year’ for the outstanding support it provides to nursing students.
The annual award was given based on feedback from the nursing students themselves, education audits and placement visits. The students praised the hospital for the consistent approach to providing high levels of supervision and assessment.
‘Marlow Community Hospital was a great placement and I thoroughly enjoyed it,’ said one student. ‘All team members were friendly, welcoming and always willing to answer any questions or help when needed.’
Nurse mentors supervise and assess pre-registration students in practice to develop the nurses of the future. The student feedback was especially complimentary for one mentor in particular, staff nurse Adele Buck.
One student’s feedback said: ‘Adele Buck was such a fantastic mentor. She constantly gave me feedback and learning opportunities and really had a passion for teaching. I really enjoyed this placement as I have learnt so much.’
In response to the award, Adele said: ‘It’s a great privilege as a team to receive this award. We are all dedicated to providing a high level of support alongside development opportunities for staff at Marlow Community Hospital and throughout the Trust. This award shows the hard work of the team and reflects our passion for teaching and to invest in the next generation of healthcare professionals.’
As well as positive feedback from the students, the education audit and placement visits captured a responsive and nurturing learning culture in the local hospital as the Trust, in partnership with the University, prepares healthcare students to be the caring professionals of tomorrow.
‘The award for ‘Placement of the Year’ is important as it recognises clinical practice areas and staff that provide an outstanding learning environment for healthcare students,’ said Claire Kane, practice lead for education for pre-registration nursing and midwifery at the University of Bedfordshire. ‘By working together, the Trust and the University of Bedfordshire support clinical placements for student nurses and midwives to learn in a supportive learning environment to achieve excellent standards of care.’