Simon Cassidy wins RCN Wales Award for Research in Nursing

College of Human and Health Sciences Lead Practice Education Facilitator Simon Cassidy has been awarded the Royal College of Nursing Nurse of the Year in the category ‘Research in Nursing.’

Simon Cassidy


The annual awards which took place on 16th November 2016 are an opportunity to celebrate nurses who demonstrate excellence in practice.  The award was decided following a number of stages involving presentation, interview and panel questioning. The award was in recognition of a combination of research activity, educational innovations and on-going improvements to enhance nursing practice.

As part of this work Simon successfully completed a PhD in 2016 entitled: ‘An exploration of mentors’ experiences of assessing nursing students who are on the borderline of achievement in practice.’ The study explores mentors’ decision-making processes, coping strategies and sense of accountability where students do not meet anticipated levels of competence in clinical practice. This work has contributed to the shaping of recent national education policy.

Simon has worked as a nurse in clinical practice for a number of years in a range of hospital and community settings. His current nurse education role involves working across Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board and Swansea University. As practice education facilitator team lead, a key element of Simon’s role is co-ordination of mentorship support during clinical placements to nursing students enrolled in adult, mental health and child fields of practice.  This work involves direct liaison with nursing and allied health staff based in hospital wards and community teams together with key university personnel to assure the quality of mentorship and practice learning environments. Simon also has lead responsibilities for ABMU Health Board induction arrangements for new nurse registrants. 

Simon said, “I am extremely proud to receive the award from the Royal College of Nursing and look forward to contributing to activities and events in the coming months. I am also conscious that none of us work in isolation, and whatever my personal achievements they are a result of close collaborations with other nurses and midwives, allied health professionals, university colleagues, service users and carers.”