Mentors awarded for inspiring the next generation of nursing and midwifery registrants

Swansea University's College of Human and Health Sciences in collaboration with ABMU and Hywel Dda Health Boards presented the inaugural Nursing and Midwifery Mentorship Presentation and Awards Ceremony: Sewing the “golden thread”: Inspiring next generations of nursing and midwifery registrants through mentorship on Wednesday 23 November.

A role that often goes unrecognised, mentorship is crucial to the nurturing and assessment of pre-registration nursing and midwifery students’ application of knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviours to meet the needs of all service users and carers.

All nominations were put forth by the students who wanted to show their appreciation for the support and guidance that each mentor provided during their programme. 

Speaking after the awards evening, Simon Cassidy, Practice Education Facilitator ABMU Health Board/Honorary lecturer Swansea University, said: "It was a real pleasure to see the positive atmosphere in the inaugural nursing and midwifery mentorship presentation and awards evening held at Swansea University in partnership with Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board and Hywel Dda University Health Board. 

"The steering group organisers were anxious that the evening was testament to the day to day efforts of nursing and midwifery mentors. However it was particularly evident from the event and in the citations of nursing and midwifery students who nominated mentors for awards, that mentorship support is a highly prized and celebrated activity. It was also evident that mentors are providing extra-ordinary support to enhance learning in practice without necessarily recognising the extra-ordinary effects of this work. It was therefore humbling to see the grace in which nurses and midwives celebrated their collective mentorship efforts whether they were nominated, shortlisted or the recipient of awards.

"The presentation and awards evening is now established as part of ABMU/Hywel Dda University Health Boards and University calendars and will provide on-going opportunities for recognition of individual mentors and mentorship teams. Furthermore the event will serve to enhance the profile of mentorship within Health Boards and the excellence of partnership arrangements with Swansea University."

Congratulations go out to all of the mentors who were nominated and, especially, the evening winners including:

Going the Extra Mile as a Mentor

Sarah Kelly

Kelly Conlon 

Outstanding Contribution to Support Learning in Practice

Susan Bellin

Stephanie Samuel

Exceptionally Innovative Learning Environment

Neonatal Intensive Care Team, Singleton

Main Theatres Team, Prince Phillip Hospital

Outstanding Involvement in Midwifery Mentorship Practice

Natalie Banfield

Sian Phillips

Excellence in Partnership Working

Theatres, Morriston Hospital

Out-patient Department, Withybush Hospital

Mentor of the Year

Julie Kemble