Simon Cassidy, Head of Placement Experience and Improvement at HEIW has received a Chief Nursing Office Wales Excellence Award. This is for the support he provided trainee nurses throughout Covid-19 and his contribution to the development of several common elements that underpin future nurse programmes.
The pandemic brought unforeseen challenges for nursing students to continue their training in placement settings.
Approximately 6,500 nursing students are enrolled on healthcare programmes in Wales each year. Nursing programmes involve students undertaking practice placements where they need to apply their knowledge to practice.
However, the pandemic threatened this approach and jeopardised students’ opportunity to qualify as nurses on time.
The award recognises Simon’s commitment and work over the past two years to help ensure that this generation of nursing graduates will enter the workforce fit for practice and without delay, helping to ensure that Wales has enough qualifying nurses over the next few years.
His achievements include:
Simon also led on national research to evaluate student experience during pandemic conditions. He said: “I am so grateful and immensely proud to receive this award. Thank you to the Chief Nursing Office and to those individuals who nominated me. The work I have been commended for is a product of much collaboration and co-production, and I would like to thank all stakeholders involved for this engagement.”
The Chief Nursing Office Wales Excellence award was presented to Simon by Sue Tranka, Chief Nursing Officer for Wales, at the Chief Nursing Officer Wales Conference programme 2022. The awards presentation can be watched at 2:49:20.