Brookes students praise health and social care providers for excellent learning experience

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Oxford Centre for Enablement, Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre

Healthcare and social work students at Oxford Brookes University have recognised staff from the NHS, Social Care and Social Services in the Placement of the Year Awards 2016.

The Placement of the Year Awards celebrate excellent placements and learning environments provided by health and social care providers from 350 placement providers, including local NHS Trusts the Oxford Radcliffe University Hospitals NHS Trust, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust and the Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, as well as placement providers in London, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Devon, Somerset, Cornwall and Gloucestershire.

My placement has been truly memorable and has inspired me to want to work in a team with the same passion, drive for quality service and a commitment to professional development of self.

Amy Stringer, Occupational Therapy student, Oxford Brookes University

The placement providers are nominated by students using criteria such as quality of care, learning opportunities and student support.

Head of Practice Education at Oxford Brookes University Netta Lloyd-Jones said: “Placements are a vital part of our students’ health and social care education. They allow for the integration of theory into professional practice so that patient / client care is informed by evidence-based practice through student practicing under the mentoring with colleagues who have years of experience within their chosen field of study and in facilitating learning and practice.

 “The Placement of the Year Awards give the students an opportunity to recognise and praise those who have provided an excellent overall learning experience in practice.”

The overall winner for this year’s Placement of the Year Awards 2016 went to the Oxford Centre for Enablement, Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, who also took the Occupational Therapy Placement of the Year Award.

Occupational Therapy student Amy Stringer nominated the team for their passionate and inspiring staff role models and the Centre’s nurturing learning culture and dynamic environment for development.

Amy said: “My placement has been truly memorable and has inspired me to want to work in a team with the same passion, drive for quality service and a commitment to professional development of self.”

All nominations were judged by a panel comprising of members from the partnership Practice Education Group, Chaired by Mark Statham, Education Lead of the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust.

Placement colleagues from health and social care providers collected their awards at a ceremony at Oxford Brookes University on Tuesday 28 June 2016. Elaine Bowden, Senior Education Commissioner for Health Education England in the Thames Valley was the guest presenter at the event. 

The winners of the 2016 Placement of the Year Awards by category are:

Adult Nursing Placement of the Year (Oxford): Wytham Urology Outpatients, Churchill Hospital

Midwifery Placement of the Year: Abingdon Community Midwives

Mental Health Nursing Placement of the Year: Kennet Ward, Oxford Clinic, Littlemore Mental Health Centre

Physiotherapy Placement of the Year: Spinal Rehabilitation, Stoke Mandeville Hospital

Social Work Placement of the Year: Early Intervention in Psychosis Team, Warneford Hospital, Headington, Oxford

Paramedic Placement of the Year: Kidlington Ambulance Station, Ambulance Resource Centre

Healthcare (Private Voluntary and Independent Sector) Placement of the Year: Endeavour Academy, Headington

Return to Practice Placement of the Year: Reading Community Mental Health Team

Occupational Therapy Placement of the Year: Oxford Centre for Enablement, Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre

Children’s Nursing Placement of the Year: Bellhouse-Drayson Ward, John Radcliffe Hospital

Adult Nursing Placement of the Year (Swindon): Amesbury Integrated Community Team (District Nursing)

Photos of the winners and highly commended can be found on Flickr.

More information about studying nursing at Oxford Brookes University can be found on the Department of Nursing webpages.

This year, Oxford Brookes University has been celebrating 125 years of nurse education in Oxford with a series of special events. More information can be found at nursing.brookes.ac.uk/125-years

Image: Oxford Centre for Enablement, Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, winners of the Occupational Therapy Placement of the Year Award.