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North Mid matron, student nurse and leadership programme named finalists for Student Nursing Times Awards

North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust has been shortlisted for three prestigious awards at the 2023 Student Nursing Times Awards.

Among the 2023 finalists are North Mid's very own Hazel Manzano, our neonatal matron and Lauren Chamberlain, a student nurse and our Florence Nightingale Foundation (FNF) student leadership programme.

Shortlisted for the Partnership of the Year Award, North Mid’s FNF student programme supports nine nursing and midwifery students from the City University of London, the University of Hertfordshire, and Middlesex University.

The programme provides students with practice-based bespoke leadership skills and knowledge, so they are prepared and experienced with tackling real workplace issues whilst also gaining a deeper understanding of their impact on patient care.

One of those students is Lauren Chamberlain, who has been shortlisted for the Most Inspirational Student nurse of the Year Award.

Lauren, a final-year University of Hertfordshire student, is on an internship at North Mid and has been highlighted for her strength, leadership qualities and her successful quality improvement project on bereavement services.

Also representing North Mid is Hazel Manzano, matron for our Sunrise Neonatal Unit, who was shortlisted for the Learner of the Year: Post-registration Award.Hazel

She was recognised for her incredible work on improving screening of household smoking rates for parents of premature babies on the implementation of restorative clinical supervision across the children’s department at North Mid.

The three shortlisted awards follow nine finalists from North Mid for the 2022 Nursing Times Awards, where we won two awards.

The Student Nursing Times Awards bring together the nursing community to shine a light on the brightest talent making their way into the profession, highlighting excellence in all specialties of student nursing.

Hazel said: “I am honoured to be a named finalist and to represent North Mid at such a prestigious national event.

“To be shortlisted for post-graduate Learner of the Year encompasses how passionate I am about studying to continuously improve care. My learning enables me to be an impactful leader and advocate for staff, students and families.”

Colette Datt MBE, associate director of nursing, babies and children and young people at North Mid, said: “It is truly an honour for our Florence Nightingale Foundation student nurse/midwife leadership programme to be shortlisted for this prestigious award

Recent FNF celebration event at North Mid“The feedback from students taking part has been incredible and alongside the foundation, we are committed to sharing learning, and we plan to make this a sustainable programme and an opportunity for more student nurses and midwives.

“I am also incredibly proud of both Lauren and Hazel - they both absolutely deserve to have the national spotlight on them for their incredible enthusiasm and commitment to improving nursing practice and patient outcomes.”

Gemma Stacey, Florence Nightingale Foundation deputy CEO and director of FNF Policy Unit, said: “Our leadership journey starts from the moment we begin our nursing and midwifery education but at times we struggle to find our confidence to influence.

“This programme is providing the development, tools and support that students need to elevate their voice and make change happen for their peers and the people they care for. We are incredibly proud of this NHS, HEI and charity partnership and hope it can provide a blueprint to foster student leadership across the country.”

Sarah Hayes, chief nurse at North Mid, said: "We are all incredibly proud of Lauren, Hazel and those behind our collaborative programme with the Florence Nightingale Foundation for being shortlisted and wish them the best of luck. The news is just further evidence of the progress we continue to make in nursing care for our local community."

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