By Lucy Ashton
The Glasgow Clinical Research Facility has been praised for going “above and beyond” for student placements, after winning Student Placement of the Year at the Student Nursing Times Awards.
The GCRF fought off competition from all over the UK to be named the winner of the category, announced at an awards ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London earlier this month.
Judges were impressed with the support network the team had created to manage the anxieties associated with going on placement, while creating an environment where students could flourish.
In a statement, the judging panel said: “This entry goes above and beyond to demonstrate the potential of a unique practice learning opportunity for nursing students, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic. Judges commented that this practice learning opportunity is innovative and at the forefront of developing the critically important skills of the future nursing workforce. Congratulations.”
The GCRF was established in 2006 with funding from the Scottish Government via the Chief Scientist Office. It provides state-of-the-art research space across NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde sites, including the £5m Clinical Research Facility at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital Campus and an adult facility at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary. Each research space provides high-quality clinical environments and outreach services where patients and healthy volunteers can take part in international clinical research studies.
Naomi Hickey, Education and Training Officer, said: “With the help and support of NHSGGC Practice Education Facilitator team and Glasgow Caledonian University, we started placements approximately five years ago, and we have used feedback from students to continue to shape and adapt the placements we offer.
“It’s a real privilege to be recognised by this award, we have worked hard to develop our student placements. Clinical research is a slightly unknown quantity for students, so this is an honour for the whole research community.”