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

Friday, 29 June 2018

Walk-in-Centre-POTY-800x450

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 2018.

The Placement of the Year Awards 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 provided them with an outstanding placement experience, using criteria such as quality of care, learning opportunities and student support.

Placements are a vital part of our students’ health and social care education. They allow students to integrate theory into professional practice for the direct benefit of patients and clients, under the supervision of experienced practitioners within the students’ chosen field of study.

Netta Lloyd-Jones, Head of Practice Education, Oxford Brookes University

Netta Lloyd-Jones, Head of Practice Education at Oxford Brookes University, said: “Placements are a vital part of our students’ health and social care education. They allow students to integrate theory into professional practice for the direct benefit of patients and clients, under the supervision of experienced practitioners within the students’ chosen field of study.”

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

The overall winner for this year’s Placement of the Year Awards 2018 went to the Walk-In Centre, Swindon NHS Health Centre, who also took the Health Education England (South West) Placement of the Year Award and the award for the Adult Nursing (Swindon) category.

Katie Blackmore who is studying Adult Nursing, nominated the staff at the Walk-In Centre. She said: “Every single person in this team is more than willing to teach students, and it is their fantastic teamwork and friendly, welcoming nature that makes the placement such a wonderful place for students to learn.”

Placement of the Year Award nominees attended a ceremony at Oxford Brookes University on Wednesday 27 June 2018.

The winners of the 2018 Placement of the Year Awards by category are:

Overall winner:

  • Walk-In Centre, Swindon NHS Health Centre

Placement of the Year winners for each profession:

  • Adult Nursing (Swindon): Walk-In Centre, Swindon NHS Health Centre
  • Midwifery: Wantage Community Midwives
  • Occupational Therapy: North Oxfordshire Community Learning Disabilities Team, Banbury
  • Adult Nursing (Oxford): Sue Ryder Nettlebed Hospice
  • Social Work: The Nelson Trust, Women’s Centre, Swindon
  • Paramedics: Didcot Ambulance Station
  • Physiotherapy: Neurological Rehabilitation, Oxford Centre for Enablement
  • Mental Health Nursing: Kennet Ward, Oxford Clinic, Littlemore Mental Health Centre
  • Children’s Nursing: Tom’s Ward, John Radcliffe Hospital
  • Return to Practice: School Health Nursing – Oxford City Team
  • Adult and Mental Health Nursing: Oxford City Older Adults Community Mental Health Team, Manzil Resource Centre
  • Operating Department Practice: Recovery Theatres, Cheltenham Hospital. 

Health Education England local office winners:

  • Health Education England (South West) Placement of the Year: Walk-In Centre, Swindon NHS Health Centre
  • Health Education England (Thames Valley) Placement of the Year: North Oxfordshire Community Learning Disabilities Team, Banbury
  • Health Education England (London) Placement of the Year: Ainslie Rehabilitation Unit, Waltham Forest Rehabilitation Service 

Private, Voluntary and Independent Sector (PVI) winners:

  • Healthcare: Sue Ryder Nettlebed Hospice
  • Social Work: The Nelson Trust, Women’s Centre, Swindon
  • GP Practice: New Court Surgery, Swindon. 

In addition, there were 165 nominations where the student considered the placement worthy of winning placement of the year and 33 of these were highly commended. 

Information about studying Health and Social Care at Oxford Brookes University can be found on the website.

Image: From left: Gillian Baker (guest Speaker from Health Education England), Lisa Peplow (Walk-in Centre), Katie Blackmore (student), Tina Craig (Walk-in Centre), Zoe Berry (guest Speaker from Health Education England), Netta Lloyd-Jones (Head of Practice Education, Oxford Brookes).