Trafford nurse wins national award

A Trafford nurse who specialises in safeguarding children has won a national award for her positive attitude.

Safeguarding Families Nurse Liz Spencer, 44, from Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust, was crowned winner in the ‘Learner of the Year post-registration’ category of the Student Nursing Times Awards.TraffordNursewinsaward

Liz was nominated for the award by her tutor at Manchester Metropolitan University and impressed the judging panel with her commitment to learning and developing as a nurse.

The awards were held on April 27 at the London Hilton on Park Lane.

Liz is a former Trafford school nurse who worked full time while completing the course in specialist community public health nursing.

After completing the course in October 2016, Liz went on to be appointed Pennine Care’s safeguarding families nurse for the whole of Trafford.

In this role she trains other staff on warning signs that children could be at risk of neglect, abuse or other harm.

She said: “I’m delighted to win. Completing my training meant I could take on a new role protecting vulnerable children and families in Trafford which I really enjoy.”

Bernadette Dean, safeguarding lead nurse for Pennine Care, added: “We’re extremely proud of Liz. She makes a fantastic contribution to our safeguarding team and with her positive attitude we’re sure she’ll continue to learn and develop throughout her career.”

The Student Nursing Times Awards celebrates the very best in nurse education, recognises and rewards brilliant educational establishments and honours those who are committed to developing new nursing talent as mentors, lecturers and providers of placements.

The awards also pay tribute to students who have demonstrated the academic achievement, clinical prowess and personal qualities that will make them brilliant nurses.

Nursing Times and Student Nursing Times Editor, Jenni Middleton commented: “The Student Nursing Times Awards are always very special. Every year I am impressed by the standard of the students who enter – they demonstrate all the hard work, intelligence, enthusiasm, passion and skill we want to see in our future workforce.

“It is incredible to look at what they achieve in addition to their studies. Of course, they could not do that without the support of their mentors on placement and university staff, which is why we are so pleased to be able to honour those individuals and institutions in these awards too. This event shows the excellence entering nursing and we are extremely proud of all our finalists and winners. Congratulations to them all.”

For more information about community health services available in Trafford, visit www.penninecare.nhs.uk.