Last year, Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (MKUH) welcomed the first cohort of Nurse Cadets in partnership with MK College, as part of the Thames Valley Nurse Cadets programme.
The programme offers young people studying Health & Social Care the opportunity to take their first steps towards becoming qualified nurses and healthcare practitioners, with placements providing valuable hands-on experience and a range of exposure to different areas and roles within the NHS.
The Thames Valley Nurse Cadets: Finalists
We are, therefore, delighted to announce that The Nurse Cadet Programme has been shortlisted as a finalist for the HSJ Value Pilot Project of the Year at the HSJ Value Awards 2021! The judging panel was comprised of a diverse range of highly regarded figures across the NHS and wider healthcare sector. To be shortlisted as a finalist for these awards, despite tough competition from hundreds of brilliant applicants, is a mark of real achievement. The Nurse Cadet Programme has been selected based on the positive impact that the project has had within the community and wider organisation.
Oxford Health’s Nurse Cadets project manager, Sophie Grimshaw said:
“I am delighted that the Nurse Cadet Project has been shortlisted for the HSJ Value Award. The last year has been extremely challenging for everybody and to get this recognition will mean so much to everyone involved. Within Oxford Health, we have seen 16 cadets deployed across a number of clinical settings, actively contributing to excellent patient care. I would personally like to take this opportunity to thank my clinical colleagues and our Learning & Development department for their support. What has been achieved during this time is phenomenal.
“Finally, none of this would have been possible without the hard work and professionalism of the young people taking part in the programme. Even if we don’t go on to win the award, to be shortlisted is a fantastic achievement!”
The winners will be selected following a rigorous, second stage of judging ahead of the HSJ Value Awards 2021 awards ceremony. Held at Manchester Central at the end of June, the evening will provide a great opportunity for influential figures to unite and celebrate the achievements of their industry peers. The awards evening is expected to be attended by leaders and professionals from within the NHS.
Congratulations to everyone who has worked on the Thames Valley Nurse Cadet Programme, and of course, to the Nurse Cadets themselves. You can continue to follow their journey on Twitter at @CadetsNurse on Twitter or @Nurse_Cadetstv on Instagram.