A HEREFORD nurse is among four students at the University of Worcester to be shortlisted in the annual Student Nursing Times Awards.

Swathi Suresh has been shortlisted for the Mary Seacole Award for Outstanding Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion, while Phillipa Mills, Sophie Prothero and Savannah Richards have all been shortlisted for Nursing Associate Trainee of the Year.

Sophie Prothero said she knew she wanted to work in hospitals right from when she was a child.


“I was always playing hospitals with my dolls and teddies,” she said. “Prior to beginning the apprenticeship, I worked as a healthcare assistant on a ward for two years and enjoyed helping patients in need.

“When the opportunity arose to undertake the Nursing Associate apprenticeship, I applied. I wanted to do more for the patients. I was delighted to be offered a place on the course and to be able to complete the apprenticeship on the ward I am familiar with.”

Sophie, from Hereford, said was proud to be shortlisted for the Student Nursing Times Award. “Being dyslexic, I found academic writing difficult but worked hard to get to where I am today and I am grateful and proud to be shortlisted for the award and overwhelmed to have been nominated.

“My goal is to be the best Nurse Associate I can be and positively impact patients' lives.” 

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Robert Dudley, Head of the Three Counties School of Nursing and Midwifery at the University said he was incredibly proud of them all.

“We are thrilled to have four students shortlisted in these prestigious awards,” he said.

“It is testament to their outstanding commitment and the valuable contribution they make to the communities they serve.

“As Nursing and Midwifery educators, we empower our students to think critically and professionally about the challenges they face, so that they themselves can push for transformation and drive improvement in their services in the future.”

The prestigious Student Nursing Times awards pay tribute to student nurses and midwives and the programmes and people committed to providing outstanding training and education opportunities. The winners will be announced on April 28 at a ceremony in London.