Placement of the Year Awards Ceremony 2015

The 3rd Placement of the Year Awards Ceremony was held on the 21st October, in Oxford Brookes’ historic Headington Hill Hall. The event celebrated excellence in student practice education provided by health and social care service providers. The Placement of the Year Awards are voted for by students and promotes and rewards excellent practice in placements and learning environments., The event also celebrated the outstanding work undertaken by the Faculty’s many local and regional placement partners.

Placement colleagues from health and social care providers (including colleagues from Health Education England in Thames Valley, South West and London) attended to collect their awards from guest presenter, Pauline Brown, Local Director– Health Education Thames Valley.

Students nominate placement partners for awards, using criteria such as quality of care, learning opportunities, and student support. Since the launch 3 years ago the number of nominations were has doubled. All nominations were judged by a placement partnership panel comprising of members of the Practice Education Group (PEG), Chaired by Sarah Stephenson from the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

There were three categories of award:

  • Placement of the Year Award for each profession
  • Placement of the Year Award for each of our three Health Education England Local Education Training Boards (HETV, HESW, London)
  • Overall Placement of the Year

In addition, there were 6 areas which were highly commended, and all those nominated received a certificate to affirm that the student they supported felt that they deserved the title Placement of the Year 2015.

The Overall winner of Placement of the Year 2015 was the Early Intervention Psychosis Team, a social work placement provided by Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust.

"…The EIP team has a very strong, nurturing, supportive culture.  I was welcomed into the team, and soon felt part as one of the team; any of the clinicians in the MDT team would offer informal supervision when needed and support me.  Even in times of adversity, the team pulled together, collectively caring for each other, and continuing to put clients support first.  I found this inspirational" (Grace Decker, nominating student).

The three LETB Awards were:

  • Health Education South West Placement of the Year 2015
  • Adult Nursing (Swindon) Acute Cardiac Unit, Great Western Hospital
  • Health Education Thames Valley Placement of the Year 2015
  • John Warin Ward, Churchill Hospital, Oxford University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • London Placement of the Year 2015
  • Older Persons Assessment and Liaison, Charing Cross Hospital

Dr Liz Westcott, Head of Department for Nursing, representing the Pro Vice Chancellor and Dean of the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, introduced the event and said

"This award scheme recognises the excellence we know to be in place in our placement partner organisations. As the awards are student nominated, they directly reflect the experiences of the students themselves. We are thrilled to be able to celebrate with all those who received a nomination as each student they supported felt that they deserved the title Placement of the Year 2015. These awards are our way of showing our appreciation for their excellence and commitment in training the future workforce for health care and social work registered professionals.”

Of the awards, Netta Lloyd-Jones, Head of Practice Education in the Faculty said,


"It is a real privilege to reward those who are such excellent role models in providing care, and who support, teach and coordinate excellent learning opportunities in practice for our students. Hopefully, this celebration clearly demonstrates to our placement partners how much their efforts are appreciated by our students and us. Their commitment inspires our students to achieve high standards of care and learning. This project acknowledges the excellent practice in place across our placement providers who support our students so effectively.”


With the continued success of this scheme, the Placement of the Year Awards will be running again in 2016.
If you're a health and social care student and would like to nominate an outstanding or exceptional placement, please download a nomination form from the Practice Education Unit website from HERE