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Thank You Event 2023: Project of the Year - Winner

Every year we celebrate our amazing staff and their achievements at our Thank You ceremony. Board members will surprise colleagues at their bases and present them with a hamper, balloons and a certificate for being shining examples of our magnificent staff behaviours.

Project of the Year – Winner

Student Leadership Placement Project

Hayley Ingleson, the winner of Project of the Year with Steph Lawrence and Jude McKaig at the Thank You Awards.The Student Leadership Placement is a project developed and facilitated by Hayley Ingleson, a Senior Practice Learning Facilitator. After the pandemic student nurses struggled to return to all placement areas and there was a need to expand the number of clinical areas available to them. Hayley developed a new innovative placement experience in conjunction with colleagues in primary care, NHS digital and partners in the local university that would double the placement opportunity in primary care student nurses in Leeds and would add value to the practice areas in which the students were placed.
Hayley secured funding through the Community Nursing Innovation programme with the Queens Nursing Institute. She remained focused on the benefits that would be felt by patients and their families and the clinical teams and students who were taking part. The placement aimed to provide student nurses with an opportunity to develop their clinical skills further, advance their knowledge on preventative healthcare, health needs and health inequalities and it also provided additional support and training around digital healthcare.

The placement rolled out in Autumn 2022 and four students began working with general practice. Very quickly these students settled into their health check clinics, working in partnership with voluntary agencies across the city. They led on independent activities including a health needs assessment, locality walkabouts and case studies.

The placement was a huge success for the students who gained an enormous amount, and for the patients and the clinical teams. The project was shortlisted for a national award by the Student Nursing Times, raising the profile of community and primary care nursing, dispelling several myths to a whole cohort of student nurses in Leeds and put LCH on the map as being a leader in placement innovation. All four students plan to work in Primary Care and work is being done to expand and replicate this unique model in other clinical areas in LCH and primary care.

Jude Mckaig, Operational Manager for Clinical Education nominated Hayley saying, “She is an exceptional nurse who brings her experience of Paediatric Nursing and Health Visiting into the world of clinical education. She leads by example and this project would not have been possible without her creative thinking, determination, and commitment to providing high quality care and placement opportunity. She overcame hurdles in clinical areas, adapted courageously to changes including changes to practice settings and made improvements along the way. She works collaboratively, inspires others, and is always willing to share her knowledge and experience. Hayley’s work is fantastic, and she deserves the recognition for this project.”

Executive Director of Nursing and Allied Health Professionals, Steph Lawrence surprised Hayley at Morley Health Centre to recognise her for the fabulous work. She said, "You have done an amazing job, you have broken down so many barriers in Primary Care and helped community care. Continue to be creative and innovative because you're obviously fantastic at it."

Hayley said, "I’m so passionate about this Trust and I’m so proud to work here. This fantastic team I work with and who support me and the work we do as well, I wouldn’t have been able to achieve what I have done without them. They let me be creative and embrace it and it’s been great."

Hayley Ingleson, the winner of Project of the Year with the team

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