Students and staff up for national awards

Published: 18 March 2015 at 13:08

Three Anglia Ruskin midwives in shortlist of six for Nursing Times accolade.

Student midwives from Anglia Ruskin University dominate the shortlist for a national award, with a member of staff in line for a teaching accolade.

Third-year students Emma Rose, Sophie Spittle and Amy Sampson-Brown have all been nominated for the Student Midwife of the Year category at the Student Nursing Times Awards, making up three of the shortlist of six, while Hephzibah Samuel, a Lecturer in Acute Care Nursing, is up for the Educator of the Year category.

All three shortlisted students are undertaking placements at The Rosie Hospital, in Cambridge.

Fran Galloway, Acting Lead Midwife for Education at Anglia Ruskin, said:

“We are thrilled at the news that our students have been nominated for this award. The fact that, out of a total of six on the shortlist, three are Anglia Ruskin students is a fantastic achievement."

“They have been exemplary students who demonstrate the values expected of the NHS. They are committed to the profession and all three have outstanding academic capabilities.”

Amy Sampson-Brown, who is 22 and from Cambridge, said:

“I’m grateful that my hard work, commitment, academic and practical achievements over the last three years have been recognised on such a significant scale. Upon learning that there were approximately 600 applicants put forward for the award, I also feel honoured to be considered a worthy finalist amongst two other students from my cohort.”

Sophie Spittle, 23 and from Haverhill, said:

“I wasn’t expecting to be shortlisted at all. Amy and Emma are absolutely brilliant student midwives and good friends of mine so I am really happy for them, they thoroughly deserve it. It means so much to be recognised though and I am really looking forward to the interview and showing the judges my personal journey through midwifery.”

The winners of the Student Nursing Times Awards will be announced at a ceremony at the London Hilton in Park Lane on May 7.

In addition to the Student Nursing Times Awards, Emma Rose, 34, has also been shortlisted for the British Journal of Midwifery’s Student Midwife of the Year award, which will be presented on Monday, 23 March at Le Meridien in London’s Piccadilly.

Emma, who also lives in Cambridge but is originally from Maldon, said:

“To be recognised like this for our achievements and for the voluntary activities we’ve undertaken is incredibly rewarding. It is also a reflection of the high standard of teaching we receive from our lecturers at Anglia Ruskin as well as the excellent mentoring of the Rosie Hospital midwives we’ve been so privileged to learn from.”