Bucks wins Teaching Innovation of the Year at annual awards


Date: 30th Apr 2018

Buckinghamshire New University has scooped the Teaching Innovation of the Year Award for its training with dementia simulation at the Student Nursing Times Awards 2018 on Thursday (26 April).

Sam McCormack, Simulation and Skills Team Lead, Rachel Cabral, Senior Lecturer, and Kelly Milligan, Simulation and Skills Technician, picked up the award at the ceremony at the London Hilton.

Sam said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have won the Innovation in Teaching Award for the dementia simulation. To date 550 of our nursing students have experienced the simulation thanks to our academic and profession service employee colleagues.

“The simulation aims to ensure students develop holistic skills in early recognition, understanding the impact of, and working with individuals and families where dementia is a key factor. At Bucks we pride ourselves on employment-focused and skills-based teaching and it’s brilliant this has been recognised with the award.”

Bucks was nominated eight times across four categories in the annual awards which recognise institutions that offer high standards of academic and practical teaching, and excellent resources.The Bucks team collecting their Student Nursing Times Award

Karen Buckwell-Nutt, Dean of Nursing and Allied Heath, said: "I am so proud of all our finalists.

“It is an achievement in itself to be shortlisted out of so many high calibre nominations. I am delighted that our simulation team at Bucks has been recognised in this way.

“Less than a year ago Sam asked if I would support and fund dementia simulation. The students’ feedback convinced me that this was a powerful simulation exercise.

“In making the award judges perceived the simulation activity as easily replicable, cost effective and has potential for great impact”.

Other nominations included:

  • Dr Sharon Edwards, Senior Nursing lecturer, and Mike Anjoyeb, Senior Lecturer, shortlisted for Educator of the Year;
  • Two other nominations in the Teaching Innovation of the Year category, sponsored by NHS Digital, for the University’s simulation initiatives in live-human scenarios and student-led sims;
  • Placement of the Year for partnerships with Central and North West Foundation Trust (Hillingdon) and Royal Brompton and Harefield Foundation Trust;
  • Third-year Children’s Nurse Katherine Bower shortlisted for Outstanding Contribution to Student Affairs.

Jenni Middleton, Nursing Times editor and host of the Student Nursing Times Awards said: “The Student Nursing Times Awards are a fantastic celebration of student nurses and the universities and placement providers that educate and train them. Every year, our judges are stunned by the standard of our entrants.”

Picture caption: L-R NHS Digital Clinical Specialist Sue Clarke, Simulation and Skills Technician Kelly Milligan, Simulation and Skills Team Lead Sam McCormack,Senior Lecturer Rachel Cabral and Jenni Middleton, Nursing Times editor.


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