Department of Nursing

Placement of the Year Awards Ceremony 2016

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Placement of the year 2016 2

The 4th Placement of the Year Awards Ceremony was held on the 28th of June, in The Lounge, John Henry Brookes Building at Headington Campus to celebrate excellence in student placement provision by health and social care service providers.

The 4th Placement of the Year Awards Ceremony was held on the 28th of June, in The Lounge, John Henry Brookes Building at Headington Campus to celebrate excellence in student placement provision by health and social care service providers.

Placement colleagues from the four funding sponsors: Health Education South West, Health Education Thames Valley, Healthcare (Private, Voluntary and Independent Sector) and London attended to collect their awards from guest speaker Elaine Bowden, Head of Education and Workforce Development at Health Education England Thames Valley.

The Placement of the Year Award (POYA) scheme was launched in 2013. The Placement of the Year Awards aims to promote and reward excellent practice in placements and learning environments, and to celebrate the outstanding work undertaken by the Faculty’s many local and regional placement partners.

Students nominate placement partners for awards, using criteria such as quality of care, learning opportunities and student support. An overwhelming 110 placement partners were nominated for awards this year. One Overall Winner, three region- specific awards , eleven programme specific award winners, and sixteen Highly Commended were selected for special commendation after receiving a number of very positive nominations.

The overall winner of Placement of the Year was Oxford Centre for Enablement - Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, which provides specialist neurological rehabilitation services for patients with long-term conditions.

Here is what the Occupational Therapy student Amy Stringer said about her practice experience in Oxford Centre for Enablement:

“I would summarise my reasons for nominating the OCE as practice placement of the year with four main points:

  • Passionate and inspiring staff role models;
  • Supportive and nurturing learning culture;
  • Access to tools & resources to facilitate learning;
  • Dynamic learning & development environment.

 My placement has been truly memorable & 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!”.

Four student s spoke about their placements at the ceremony: Deborah Howells (Adult Nursing Swindon student), Beth Knight (Social Work student), Katy Pownall (Adult Nursing Oxford student) and Victoria Fleet (Midwifery student).

“Throughout my placement I was inspired by the level of care that all staff members demonstrated. Person centred care is at the heart of our nursing training at Oxford Brookes and it was motivating to see this echoed in the Amesbury Team. Overall I cannot express my thanks enough to all at the Amesbury Integrated Team for their welcoming nature, exemplary patient care and the encouraging and supportive environment they offered me as a student nurse. Because of this I have been able to approach subsequent placements with a sense of confidence and direction, and this is why I nominated them for placement of the year.” Deborah Howells, who nominated Amesbury Integrated Community Team (District Nursing)

Of the awards, Netta Lloyd-Jones, Head of Practice Education in the Faculty, said "I'm so pleased this event continues to grow, with increasing student nominations year on year. It is so important to acknowledge the contribution our placement providers make in providing such excellent student practice education and placement learning experiences. It is a real privilege to lead on this event as it demonstrates the high value we have for our placement providers and how much they impact upon our students. Our students continue to be inspired by excellent role models in both learning and in high standards of care ".

With the continued success of this scheme, the Placement of the Year Awards will be running again in 2017. If you're a health and social care student and would like to nominate an outstanding or exceptional placement, please download a nomination form from the  Practice Education Unit website and send to  peu@brookes.ac.uk by the 30th of April 2017.

Winners

Overall Winner

  • Oxford Centre for Enablement - Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre (Occupational Therapy)

 Regional Winners

  •  Thames Valley: Occupational Therapy Oxford Centre for Enablement - Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre (Occupational Therapy)
  • South West: Amesbury Integrated Community Team - Amesbury Health Centre (Adult Nursing Swindon)
  • Healthcare (Private, Voluntary and Independent Sector): Endeavour Academy (Occupational Therapy)

 Programme Specific Winners

  • Midwifery: Abingdon Community Midwives
  • Occupational Therapy: Oxford Centre for Enablement - Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre
  • Adult Nursing (Oxford): Wytham Urology Outpatients - Churchill Hospital
  • Mental Health Nursing: Kennet Ward - Oxford Clinic, Littlemore Mental Health Centre
  • Physiotherapy: Spinal Rehabilitation - Stoke Mandeville Hospital
  • Social Work: Early Intervention in Psychosis Team
  • Adult Nursing (Swindon): Amesbury Integrated Community Team - Amesbury Health Centre
  • Paramedic: Kidlington Ambulance Station
  • Children’s Nursing: Bellhouse-Drayson Ward - John Radcliffe Hospital
  • Operating Department Practice: Emergency Theatres, Gloucestershire Royal Hospital
  • Return to Practice: Reading Community Mental Health Team

 Highly Commended

  •  Renal Ward , Churchill Hospital
  • Specialist Surgery Outpatients Department, John Radcliffe Hospital
  • Kidlington Health Visiting Team , Kidlington Health Centre
  • Abingdon Older Adults Community Mental Health Team,
  • Abingdon Community Hospital Theatres, BMI The Ridgeway Hospital
  • Neurosciences (Purple Ward) - West Wing, John Radcliffe Hospital
  • Oxford Upper Gastrointestinal Centre, Churchill Hospital
  • Wardington House Nursing Home
  • Intensive Care Unit, Great Western Hospital
  • South Oxfordshire Older Adult Community Mental Health Team, Abingdon Community Hospital
  • Children's Disability Team, Oxford County Council
  • Trauma 2A Ward, John Radcliffe Hospital
  • The Children's Society
  • Men's Service, St Andrew's Healthcare (Northampton)
  • Woodlands District Nursing Team, Woodlands Medical Centre Didcot
  • Theatres, Southmead Hospital Bristol