Bucks New University gains eight nominations in nursing awards


Date: 9th Mar 2018

Buckinghamshire New University has been nominated eight times across four categories in this year's Student Nursing Times Awards 2018 - including Educator of the Year and Teaching Innovation of the Year.

The annual awards recognise those institutions that offer high standards of academic and practical teaching, and excellent resources.

Dr Sharon Edwards, Senior Nursing lecturer, and Mike Anjoyeb, Senior Lecturer in BSc Nursing (Mental Health), are shortlisted for Educator of the Year  which celebrates academics who inspire and motivate students; demonstrating teaching excellence.

Bucks also has three nominations in the Teaching Innovation of the Year category for the University’s simulation initiatives: dementia experience; live-human scenarios; and student-led sims.

These help students practise and hone their skills in realistic clinical environments, which includes using the art of ‘moulage’ for mock, but realistic, injuries and the skills of the University’s performing arts students.Nursing simulation scene

Dr Edwards led on the live-human simulations and Dr Nic Fryer, Course Leader in BA (Hons) Performing Arts, said it was a useful experience for all students involved.

He added: “It’s been a privilege to collaborate with such a successful department, and it’s also really exciting to explore ways in which Performing Arts can be used in the world to help make a difference to people.

“Through this work, a role play situation has helped nurses get experience of how to deal with real people on the ward and has helped Performing Arts students get experience of working to a live brief.  This focus on employability is something we hold very dear on our course.”

Sam McCormack, Simulation & Skills lead, explained that the dementia workshop has allowed participants to become more empathetic with a greater awareness of dementia.

Sam said: “The curriculum in pre-qualifying nursing 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. The simulated experience provides students with the opportunity to reflect on how they impact on the individuals they care for thus encompassing the core values of the NMC code for nurses.”

Bucks’s student-led simulations involve collaboration between students and teachers. It engages students in devising practical sessions that utilise their own practice experience. Nursing students are directly involved in the design, delivery and review of simulations, which makes their practice come to life.

The University’s work placement partnerships with Central and North West Foundation Trust (Hillingdon) and Royal Brompton and Harefield Foundation Trust has also been shortlisted for Placement of the Year, both community and hospital respectively.

Third-year Children’s Nurse Katherine Bower has been shortlisted for Outstanding Contribution to Student Affairs which recognises individuals who have made an exceptional contribution to student affairs during their time at university.

Karen Buckwell-Nutt (pictured), Dean of Nursing and Allied Heath, said: "I am really proud of the School’s successes in the Student Nursing Times Awards over the past few years and this year is no exception.

“It is an achievement in itself to be shortlisted across so many categories. Our academics and professional support staff are passionate about our students experience and work in collaboration to bring innovation to the students’ learning.

“We pride ourselves on our partnership working as placement experience for students enables them to apply theory to practice.”

The winners for 2018 will be announced at a glittering ceremony on Thursday 26 April at the London Hilton on Park Lane.


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