Sam wins prize for cancer care studies

Published: 5 December 2007 at 11:04

An exceptional student from Anglia Ruskin University’s Faculty of Health and Social care has won a special award for her outstanding achievements in cancer care studies.

Samantha Hobson, from Sudbury, was awarded the Kim Trye Memorial Prize this year for achieving a first class honours degree in BSc Palliative Care. She achieved an exceptional mark of 95% for her final dissertation.

Sam produced a stunning synthesis of ideas of the ‘self’, exploring the notion of ‘person’ in relation to end of life care. She considered how the concepts of connection, attachment, spirituality and meaning interconnect with the sense of self and therefore have huge implications on the ways in which patients are cared for in order to facilitate the healing process.

It concluded that being a person is not just a question of academic philosophy; it is about the reality of who patients really are, and how they are cared for, by having sensitivity and respect for their dignity and values.

The award for best academic performance of a student nurse working with patients with cancer is given annually in memory of Chelmsford nurse Kim Trye.

At the same time as Samantha’s prize was announced, Janet Holden, a student from the Faculty of Health and Social Care undertaking the graduate certificate in Cancer Care, was awarded the Jill Rutter Memorial Prize this year for having the highest mark for a paper on Cancer Treatment and Care. Janet is from Colchester.

For more information on Anglia Ruskin University’s Faculty of Health and Social Care courses call 0845 271 3333.