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Celebrating Sheffield’s Award Winning Nurse Mentors

Celebrating Sheffield’s Award Winning Nurse Mentors
23 April 2018

Sheffield nurses have scooped local and regional awards for their work supporting the future workforce.

All the award winners have received training and support though a scheme ran by NHS Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and other CCGs across South Yorkshire.

Sarah Newton pictured bottom left

Sarah Newton, Nurse Practitioner at Birley Health Centre, won the 2018 Yorkshire and the Humber Nurse Mentor of the Year award this March. Presented by NHS England, the award recognises Sarah’s vital work in developing the next generation of nurses, helping students to translate what is learned in the classroom into reality.

Sarah said: ‘The awards ceremony was amazing and I felt so proud to be there. My highlight of being a Nurse Mentor has to be seeing students get jobs after their time with us.

“The award shows that we’re appreciated, and so is the work that we put into training the next generation. It’s all about looking at the bigger picture, as there’s predicted to be a shortfall of nurses over the next few years. Anything we can do to encourage and build confidence in the future workforce is a positive.”

Offering placements from two weeks to six months, the mentoring scheme links students with highly skilled nurses working across Sheffield, giving them the opportunity to gain knowledge and competences that will help them become skilful healthcare professionals in the future.

The Nurse Mentors themselves receive annual training, support and examination from educational leads based at the CCG, to ensure students have an exceptional experience in a positive, dedicated learning environment.

Members of the NHS Sheffield CCG’s Continuing Health Care (CHC) Team have also received awards for going above and beyond as Nurse Mentors. The mentoring scheme has been running since 2014, welcoming students from all different specialities and fields of nursing.

Dianne Holley (left) receiving award from Jo Benn, Deputy Head for Nursing and Midwifery at SHU

Team Leader Diane Holley received the award for inspirational mentoring as part of Sheffield Hallam University’s Annual Mentor Conference this year (5th April). The CHC team also received an Inspirational Award for their work mentoring students as a whole.

Diane said: “Being a mentor is not always easy. It takes time and commitment, but it’s definitely a worthwhile and rewarding experience for both Mentor and the students.”

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