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News | Wednesday, 29th May 2019

Nursing student wins Health Visiting Student of the Year Award

Laura Stirrup becomes the third consecutive Manchester Met student to win the award.

Laura Stirrup award winner
Laura studied at the award-winning Brooks building.

Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (SCPHN) (PGDip) student Laura Stirrup has been announced as the winner of the Health Visiting Student of the Year Award at the Journal of Health Visiting Awards 2019.

The awards aim to highlight and reward excellence in evidence-based health visiting, while highlighting innovation, leadership and clinical excellence.

The win marks the third consecutive year in which a Manchester Met professional development student has won the award.

“Over the moon”

“I was nominated by my wonderful practice teacher and health visitor, Martha Gibbons, due to my work in the community, promoting public health initiatives and my commitment to the course following the sudden death of my mum in the middle of the course. Without the outstanding support of Manchester Met and Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, I would have not finished the course”, said Laura.

“I feel that the award is not only for myself, it’s also accredited to Manchester Met, Karen Crees, Martha, and the Trust, which enabled me to be the best practitioner I could be whilst going through such a difficult time. I was over the moon and overwhelmed to receive the award and it means so much to me.”

Continued success

Laura’s achievement closely follows three nominations for Manchester Met’s Nursing department at the Student Nursing Times Awards 2019, in what is a period of continued success for the University.

Professor Laura Serrant OBE, Head of Nursing at Manchester Metropolitan, said: “Our Nursing Department has a great reputation for excellence in learning and teaching built on strong partnerships with our local healthcare providers and colleagues from across the Faculty of Health, Psychology and Social Care.”

“These nominations and awards are testament to individual students for their hard work, excellence as learners and strong commitments as future nurses – Laura has exemplified this on her Health Visitor course - exactly the qualities we need in the nursing workforce for the 21st Century.”

“A fantastic place to study”

Manchester Met’s Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (SCPHN) (PGDip) is designed to encourage students to explore public health, community development, health needs assessment, and health inequalities. Students interested in modular study can also enrol on the ‘Specialist Community Public Health Nursing: Additional Field of Practice’ professional development course (20 credits); both courses are led by Senior Lecturer, Karen Crees.

“This training has enabled me to provide evidence based health care in the community setting to families and children from birth until four and a half years, and has supported my career progression from midwife to health visitor”, said Laura.

“Manchester Met was a fantastic place to study; I cannot recommend the University enough. The staff are supportive and passionate about the courses. The enthusiasm, experience, professionalism and encouragement from my tutor, Karen Crees, was inspiring.

Brooks building is a great building to study in and provided a stress free environment in which to learn and progress. Nothing is too much trouble at Manchester Met and fellow students and staff are approachable and friendly. When the time is right, I would love to return to the University to develop my career further.”

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