Health and social care workers from across five counties have been celebrated for their efforts in mentoring students from the University of Worcester.

Professionals in nursing, midwifery, social work, and more, from Herefordshire, Gloucestershire, Shropshire, Worcestershire and the West Midlands were recognised for their contributions to training the next generation of practitioners.

They were acknowledged at the annual Health & Care Mentor Awards hosted by the university.

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In total 17 awards were handed out, celebrating the individuals who provided students with high-quality work placements.

Professor Sally Moyle, pro vice chancellor of health and science, said: "Mentors in practice are the key to successful practice learning for many students.

"The support provided by our mentors is crucial in helping ensure that our students develop not only the expertise, but also the experience to excel as high-quality practitioners in their own right.

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“Everyone we have honoured with these awards has their own job to think about, their own unique set of challenges and responsibilities, and yet they have taken the time and care not only to provide placements and mentoring opportunities for the next generation, but to provide truly excellent placements backed up with compassion and support.

"We are very grateful for their efforts.”

Robert Dudley, head of the Three Counties School of Nursing and Midwifery at the university, said: "We are truly appreciative to all those who are prepared to give their time to help mentor the next generation.

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"It will not be long before our students are themselves playing their part in shaping the health services of the future, and thanks to the excellent placements and high-quality mentoring they have received, they should be ready to hit the ground running."

The awards were presented by Dr Kathryn Cobain, chief nursing officer at NHS Herefordshire and Worcestershire.