NURSES at Cwm Taf Health Board have been recognised for the teaching skills they provide to students at the University of South Wales.
The community children’s nursing team received the accolade at a recent ceremony.
The team, based at Keir Hardie Health Park, in Merthyr Tydfil, work closely with nursing students to develop their skills, knowledge and confidence.
They believe, in many instances, care for children is best delivered in familiar surroundings in their own homes, with their own families at the centre of that care, with support from the community children’s nursing team, which provides skilled specialist care to both child and family.
The award, titled “excellence in supporting learning in professional practice” was presented to team members Judith Lewis and Gareth Turtle by Professor Donna Mead, Dean of the Faculty of Life Sciences and Education at the University of South Wales.
Students in the final year of their training nominated Cwm Taf Health Board for the award – they were asked to choose a practice area which had demonstrated excellence in teaching and creating a positive learning environment.
Judith Lewis, community children’s nurse said: “The community children’s nursing team strives to improve the quality of care provided to sick children and their families.
“We provide a good learning environment for students where they can develop and gain experience, which we feel will only develop future services for children and young people.
“We also work well with the university, in order to allow closer working of theory and practice, and with other specialist practitioners in order for the student to receive the best learning experience.
“The team were thrilled for the recognition and would like to thank those who nominated us.
“We will continue to support students in order to develop future generations of community children’s nurses.”