Nursing Teams get FIVE Award nominations

Categories: School of Health and Society

Health and Society’s nursing teams have received a fantastic five nominations in this year’s 2024 Student Nursing Times Awards, the equivalent of the Oscars in the health education community.


The awards recognise the very best nursing and midwifery education providers and learners across the UK, and this year’s nomination count is exceptionally high.

Karen Heggs, Director of Nursing and Midwifery at University of Salford said that the number of nominations is testament to the hard work and dedication of the entire team.

“I’m delighted to see so many really strong shortlisted nominations in the Awards this year. Thanks to everyone for their hard work so far, and good luck for the final stage.”

Arguably the most prestigious nomination is in the “Nursing Associate Training Programme Provider of the Year” category.  The University of Salford’s course is one of the most popular in the North and gets consistently high ratings in the NSS. 165 Trainees will complete this year.

Nicole Blythe who leads the programme said: “I am absolutely thrilled that our programme is shortlisted for Nursing Associate Training Provider of the Year! Being recognised for our commitment, hard work and love for educating our wonderful nursing associatess means the world to us!”

The School’s skilled partnership working has been singled out too, with the School nominated for  “Creating enabling clinical learning environments for Autistic Student Nurses” in the Partnership of the Year category.

Three students at UoS are also in the running for an SNTA gong. Ethan McKnight from Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust has been shortlisted in the Nursing Associate Learner of the Year category. Ethan commented: “This is fantastic news! I can't believe this is happening. I have been blown away by the shortlisting, it means a lot to me as I continue my education pathway. I hope this is the start of a beautiful future!”

The highly sought after Mary Seacole Award for Outstanding Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion is the category in which Oriyomi Aminu from the Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust has been shortlisted. Yomi said “It inspires me to continue fostering an inclusive environment and promoting diversity both in our academic and healthcare community. Thank you for acknowledging the importance of these values, and I am truly humbled by the nomination.”

Laura Ahearn has been named in the Post Registration Learner of the Year category, and said: “I am very excited and proud to have been nominated and now shortlisted!”.

The Award winners will be announced at a ceremony in London on 26 April  

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