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Health / Health board shortlisted for learning and development award

NHS SHETLAND has been nominated as the best workplace for learning and development at the Nursing Times workforce awards.

Nursing Times shortlisted NHS Shetland’s practice education team due to their commitment to “showcasing remote and rural nursing by increasing undergraduate placement capacity”.

The awards recognise the work being done to support nurses and midwives across the UK.

Angie Nichols is practice education lead at the health board, and she led the work to increase learning placements in the isles.

Nichols increased available placements from 15 to 22, so NHS Shetland could support more students.

She said: “I have been working in education for a number of years and am passionate about what our staff can offer students, feedback was always positive and with the national shortage of placement capacity, it seemed to be the right time to explore further opportunities.

“We support students from Robert Gordon University and also train locally through the Open University, our staff really nurture students and seeing them grow into registered members of staff is so rewarding”.

Professor Kathleen Carolan, director of nursing and acute services, added: “This is well deserved recognition for the work that Angie and her team have taken forward.

“For the first time, we have attracted new graduates from Robert Gordon University, who have taken nursing roles because of the work Angie has led to promote opportunities to nurses who do not have connections to the Islands but have taken final placements in Shetland”.

The awards ceremony will be held in London on 21 November.

It comes after two Shetlanders won awards from the Royal College of Nursing in June.

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