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Birmingham student nurses lead the way at national Student Nursing Times Awards 2013

Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (BSMHFT) celebrated success at the Student Nursing Times Awards 2013 after two of the Trust’s student nurses won accolades at the prestigious event held in London on May 1.

Jodie Kirby scooped the top prize to be named student nurse of the year in the mental health category, and Gemma Macken received special recognition and was highly commended in this category.

BSMHFT works in partnership with Birmingham City University (BCU), where both Jodie and Gemma were students, to provide placements for student nurses as part of the course requirements.

Birmingham student nurses lead the way at national Student Nursing Times Awards 2013

Students undertake placements on each year of their course to gain practical experience in a variety of mental health settings.

Jodie said “I am overwhelmed that I received this award. It is an amazing achievement which I will carry with me through my career at BSMHFT. I am extremely grateful for all the support and encouragement I was given from my family and lecturers at BCU, and I would like to say a special thank you to the BSMHFT staff that supported me throughout my placement. Working with them has helped me to become a passionate and dedicated nurse with strong patient centered values”.

Dee Roach, Executive Director of Quality, Improvement and Patient Experience, said “I am really proud that two of our student nurses have achieved this recognition so early in their careers, and it serves to demonstrate how, working with the support of our staff and in partnership with our colleagues in education, we can help nurture dedicated, high caliber nurses for the future”. 

Since qualifying, Jodie has been successful in securing a permanent position in the Trust’s perinatal mental health inpatient unit.