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National Award for Tameside Hospital
Wednesday 11th May 2016 @ 13:36 by Tom Greggan
Ashton News

Tameside Hospital’s Children’s Unit has scooped a national award.

The unit was voted the best place in the country for trainee nurses to learn their profession at the Nursing Times National Student Awards.

The who’s who of nursing were in the room to help celebrate, including Jane Cummings, chief nursing officer for England, David Foster, head of the Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professionals Policy Unit, and Jackie Smith, chief executive of the Nursing Midwifery Council.

Karen James, Tameside Hospital chief executive said she was incredibly proud of everyone who works at the unit.

“If you are training to be a nurse or are already a nurse, you are a pretty exceptional person,” she said. “It is an incredibly tough job. It is an amazingly rewarding profession. And it takes someone incredibly special to do it.

“It takes skill, it takes knowledge, it takes hard work, it takes dedication, and it takes commitment to be a nurse. This award, for Hospital Student Placement of the Year, recognises the importance we place on our trainees as they learn how to be the best they can be.”

Jenni Middleton, editor of Nursing Times magazine added: “The team from Tameside and all our winners are role models of what hard work, commitment and talent can see you achieve.”

Sally Lewcock, safeguarding practitioner and trainer at the Children’s Unit said: “This is an incredibly special award for us to win as it reflects all the hard work the team has put in to making it a welcoming place.

“The whole team and the Trust are ecstatic with the result and we want to thank The University of Manchester who nominated us.”