30 May 2018

A prestigious national award has been presented to a talented student nurse for her work in supporting mental health service users.

Fern Glenister was named as winner of the Student Innovation in Practice Award at the 2018 Student Nursing Times Awards.

The 25-year-old is in her third year of a Mental Health Nursing degree with the University of Bedfordshire. She was nominated for the award for her work while on placement at the Trust.

Working alongside CAMHS staff while on placement in a CMHT, she put forward a proposal to give young service users a smooth transition into adult services by providing them with a dedicated transition support worker.

With the help of colleagues, Fern also ran a support group for young service users called Striving Forward, aimed at helping them with their recovery.

“I was lost for words when my name was read out as a winner at the awards ceremony,” said Fern.

“It was all a bit surreal!

"I didn’t come into nursing to win awards, but to be recognised for my work and my passion for excellent patient care is incredible."

She added: “My message to other students would be absolutely come to ELFT. The Trust actively encourages ideas and the support from colleagues in putting them into pratice is amazing.

Fern is now on her final placement with the ELFT’s CAMHS team in Bedford and hopes to join the Trust as a permanent member of staff when she graduates later this year.

Picture (l-r): 
Melaine Coward, head of school of health sciences, University of Surrey; Fern Glenister and Nursing Times editor Jenni Middleton