HEALTH and social care professionals who give their time to mentor students at the University of Worcester have been recognised and celebrated at a prestigious awards ceremony.
The University recently held its annual Mentor Awards in collaboration with its NHS practice partners, as it sought to celebrate the outstanding work of those from a number of disciplines, including nursing, midwifery, ambulance personnel, physiotherapy and social work, for building successful mentoring relationships with students.
Andrea Sutcliffe, chief inspector of social care at the Care Quality Commission, gave the evening’s opening address and presented the awards, which were divided into two categories – Outstanding Mentors and Outstanding Practice Learning Environment.
Lorraine Deeprose, from Cornmeadow Early Years and Families in Checkets Lane, Worcester, won an ‘Outstanding Practice Learning Environment Award’.
She said: “We were so overwhelmed to be nominated, but to actual win was unbelievable. To be able to offer the University of Worcester students their first insight into being an Early Years Professional is a responsibility.
“These are our future practitioners and teachers, so it’s paramount they get good practice learning environments with the right help and support.”
Jane Perry, associate head of the University’s Institute of Health and Society, said: “Excellent mentors are the key to successful practice learning for many students.
“In holding this award ceremony each year, we recognise and celebrate the professionals who make an outstanding contribution to our students.”