06 August 2013

The Recognising Excellence in Practice Placement Awards was launched this year in order that second and third year students at the University of Manchester had the opportunity to highlight practice staff who had shown enthusiasm and commitment to supporting them and their learning.

Tameside Hospital took home awards in two categories – one for the Midwifery Led Care Unit and another for midwife Karen Holden.

The winners were invited to receive their award at a ceremony held at the Mandec Conference Centre in Manchester.

Commenting on Karen a student said: “Karen has had such a positive effect on me.”

In nominating the Unit one of the students said: ““I felt out of all the placements I have been on, I was valued as an individual rather than just 'another student.”

Another said: “All the midwives made me feel a valued member of the team. My thoughts and opinions with regards to care were appreciated and I gained an enormous amount of confidence through being encouraged to develop my own practice.”

Lesley Tones, Head of Midwifery at Tameside Hospital said: The standard of mentorship from the midwives is excellent, and to receive recognition like this confirms this.  Congratulations to Karen and the Midwifery Led care team on their achievement.

I think that this demonstrates our commitment to the training and development of midwives here at Tameside to ensure that the women of Tameside continue to receive the best possible care in the region.

Karen Lucer, Head of the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, said: “The panel were looking for placements that made the students feel part of their team, where the students felt valued, a team which demonstrated excellent organisation and communication and a placement which created an excellent learning environment. What was overwhelming from the student nominations was the importance and recognition of team work, leadership and the delivery of excellent standards of care.”