13 March 2018

A talented student mental health nurse responsible for two proactive Trust projects is in the running for two national student nursing awards.

Fern Glenister from Bedford has been shortlisted for the Student Nurse of the Year in Mental Health and Student Innovation in Practice awards in this year’s Student Nursing Times Awards.

The 25-year-old is in her third year year of a Mental Health Nursing degree with the University of Bedfordshire. She was nominated for the Student Innovation in Practice 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.

“It is nice to be acknowledged for my work at ELFT but I couldn’t have done it without the support of my lecturers, supervisors, colleagues, and of course, the service users themselves,” said Fern, who is employed by the Trust as a member of its bank staff while she completes her studies.

Fern will find out if she has won her awards at an awards ceremony at the London Hilton on Park Lane on Thursday 26 April.