HEALTH and social care professionals who mentor University of Worcester students have been recognised and celebrated at an award ceremony.

The University held its annual mentor awards in collaboration with its NHS practice partners, to celebrate the outstanding work of those from a number of disciplines, including nursing, midwifery, ambulance personnel, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, social work, criminology, and youth and community work, who build successful mentoring relationships with students.

Among the winners was Cornmeadow Early Years and Families in Checketts Lane, Worcester, which won an Outstanding Practice Learning Environment award.

Lorraine Deeprose, from Cornmeadow Early Years, said: “We were so overwhelmed to be nominated, but to actual win was unbelievable.

"To be able to offer the University of Worcester students their first insight into being an Early Years Professional is a responsibility.

"These are our future practitioners and teachers so it is paramount they get good practice learning environments, with the right help and support.”

Jane Perry, Associate Head of the University’s Institute of Health and Society, said: “Excellent mentors are the key to successful practice learning for many students.

“In holding this award ceremony each year, we recognise and celebrate the professionals who make an outstanding contribution to our students.”

Andrea Sutcliffe, Chief Inspector of Social Care at the Care Quality Commission, gave the evening’s opening address and presented the awards, which were divided into two categories – Outstanding Mentors and Outstanding Practice Learning Environment.