Students praise local health and social care providers for excellent learning experience

Friday, 28 June 2019

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Students studying healthcare and social work at Oxford Brookes University have praised staff from the NHS, Social Care and Social Services in the Placement of the Year Awards 2019.

The Placement of the Year Awards, run by Oxford Brookes University Practice Education Unit, celebrate excellent placements and learning environments provided by health and social care providers, including local NHS Trusts such as Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, the Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, as well as placement providers in Wiltshire, Buckinghamshire, Gloucestershire and London.

Students nominate the health and social care placement providers who have afforded them an outstanding placement experience, using criteria such as quality of care, learning opportunities and student support.

Sarah Khan Acting Head of Practice Education at the University, said:

"Practice learning is such an essential part of our students’ health and social care education. The support of experienced practitioners in supervising and assessing students to integrate theory and current evidence base into professional practice for the direct benefit of patients and clients, is a crucial component of practice education quality.

“Students are increasingly keen to nominate those placement areas which have provided an excellent overall learning experience in practice. The Placement of the Year Award annual event showcases this opportunity and allows all involved to celebrate their successes.”

Among this year’s winners were the Community Therapy Service (West), Witney, who took the awards for both the Health Education England (Thames Valley) Placement of the Year and the Physiotherapy Placement of the Year. Sycamore House Resource Centre, Barnardo’s, was named the winner for the Healthcare (Private, Voluntary and Independent Sector) category, and Older Adult Community Mental Health Team, Oxfordshire County Council, took the Social work Award.

David Taylor who is studying Adult Nursing (Swindon), nominated staff at Corsham and Box Community Team, Wiltshire Health and Care.  He said: “They truly are at the forefront of making students feel valued and that their education is vital, and they are fully willing to embrace the opportunity to teach you anything and everything they possibly can.”

Placement of the Year Award nominees attended a ceremony at Oxford Brookes University on Wednesday 26 June 2019. The winners of the 2019 Placement of the Year Awards by category are:

Overall winner:

Corsham and Box Community Team, Wiltshire Health and Care (Adult Nursing Swindon).

Placement of the Year winners for each profession:

  • Adult Nursing (Swindon): Corsham and Box Community Team, Wiltshire Health and Care

  • Midwifery: Level 5, Women’s Centre, John Radcliffe Hospital

  • Occupational Therapy: Early Intervention Service, Warneford Hospital

  • Adult Nursing (Oxford): Donnington Health Visiting Team, Cornwallis House

  • Social Work: Older Adult Community Mental Health Team, Oxfordshire County Council

  • Paramedics: Swan Practice

  • Physiotherapy: Community Therapy Service (West), Witney

  • Mental Health Nursing: Kingfisher Ward, Littlemore Mental Health Centre

  • Children’s Nursing: Sycamore House Resource Centre, Barnardo’s

  • Adult and Mental Health Nursing: CNS Acute Pain - Orthopaedics, Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre

  • Children’s & Mental Health Nursing: Glyme Ward, Littlemore Mental Health Centre

  • Operating Department Practice: General Theatres, Cheltenham General Hospital

 Health Education England local office winners:

  • Health Education England (South West) Placement of the Year: Corsham and Box Community Team, Wiltshire Health and Care (Adult Nursing Swindon)

  • Health Education England (Thames Valley) Placement of the Year: Community Therapy Service (West), Witney (Physiotherapy)

  • Health Education England (London) Placement of the Year: Home 1st Therapy, Bletchley Community Hospital (Occupational Therapy)

Private, Voluntary and Independent Sector (PVI) winners:
  • Healthcare: Sycamore House Resource Centre, Barnardo's (Children’s Nursing)

  • Social Work: The Porch (Social Work)

  • GP Practice: Swan Practice (Paramedics)

 In addition, there were 208 nominations where the student considered the placement worthy of winning placement of the year and 41 of these were highly commended.

You can find out more information about studying Health and Social Care at Oxford Brookes University, in the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences