Accolade rewards ‘exceptional’ student nurse training at Forward Thinking Birmingham

Forward Thinking Birmingham (FTB) has been presented with a sought-after ‘Gold Leaf’ certificate from Birmingham City University (BCU) for achieving exceptional feedback from student nurses on placement with the service.  

The student-led merit recognises excellent learning experiences and supportive environments for trainee nurses. Students commented on the team’s tireless motivation in providing outstanding patient care as well as the enriching variety of experiences they gave to trainees.
 
Mental Health Practitioner and Education Link Worker Mike Jenkins has worked alongside BCU representatives to develop a flexible placement model that allows 15-20 student nurses to train within FTB at any one time. The university commended Mike for his excellent work as a mentor and his terrific ability to bring out the very best in students.
 
Speaking about the accolade, Mike said: “I’m so pleased that FTB has been recognised for all its hard work supporting student nurses. We’ve seen an increase in demand for placements over the past few years for our mental health services which we hope to meet as we develop the programme.
 
“Placements are a unique opportunity to share our passion for patient centred mental health care with the future providers. It also gives staff the chance to reconnect with Forward Thinking Birmingham’s vision and their own learning.”
 
 Student nurses at Forward Thinking Birmingham have a unique opportunity to gain experience in mental health care for children, young people and young adults up to the age of 25. Anyone interested in training or job opportunities within the service can find out more at the Birmingham Children’s Hospital Recruitment Open Day on Saturday 3 September, which takes place in the hospital’s Education Centre from 10am until 2pm.



Pictured above (clockwise from top left) Elaine Kirwan, Associate Director of Nursing, and Education Link Worker, Mike Jenkins, accepting the award on behalf of FTB alongside student nurses Lauren Cooper, Laura Hambrook and Helen Faulkner.