NURSES from Worcestershire are among those to have been shortlisted in this year’s Student Nursing Times Awards.
Tanya Knibbs and Melanie Palfrey, both registered mental health nurses at Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust, have been shortlisted in the ‘Post-Registration – Learner of the Year’ category for their continuous development as Developmental Advanced Clinical Practitioners.
Currently in their final year of the Advanced Clinical Practitioner MSc at the University of Worcester, both Melanie and Tanya have studied alongside their roles in the Worcestershire Early Intervention Dementia Service. In an awards first, the pair have been shortlisted together as a joint nominee
Once qualified they will work at an advanced clinical practice level, taking on expanded roles to better meet the needs of the people they care for.
Speaking on behalf of Melanie, Tayna said: “Completing the Msc Advanced Clinical Practitioner course whilst working full time has presented us with many challenges along our journey.
“The ACP course has enabled us to develop the skills, knowledge and confidence to establish nurse-led services to meet our aims.”
Natalie Willetts, director of nursing and quality at Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust said: “Both Melanie and Tanya are infectious with their passion for dementia nursing and a testament to their profession. We wish them the best of luck at the awards ceremony later this month”.
• The Student Nursing Times Awards will be celebrated on Friday (May 27) at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.