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Student nurse nominated for national award

Zoe Butler. Credit: University of Cumbria

A nursing student from Cumbria has beaten hundreds of entries to be shortlisted for a prestigious national award.

Third year adult nursing student Zoe Butler, who is based in Kendal, is among five vying for the Andrew Parker Student Nurse Award from the Royal College of Nursing.

The annual RCNi Nurse Awards are the profession’s top accolade for nursing excellence, recognising nurses who have come up with new ways to improve health, enhance patient experiences and transform nursing practice.

The news has come out of the blue – I heard via Twitter!

The awards are for innovation in practice and my work to look at mental health in young people drew the judge’s attention.

– Zoe Butler

Zoe was instrumental in working with young people to write and film a series of monologues as part of a project called ‘The Hot Potato’ aimed at raising awareness of mental health, which is now in use in schools in Cumbria.

Entrants shortlisted as finalists will be invited to the judging days in March to present their initiatives to the judging panel with winners announced at a ceremony on Friday 5 May.

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Health Secretary orders investigation into NMC's handing of hospital baby death scandal

Joshua Titcombe who died after failings at Morecambe Bay Hospital Credit: Titcombe family

The father of Joshua Titcombe one of 11 babies to die after failings at Furness General's maternity unit has welcomed an investigation into the Nursing and Midwifery watchdog's handling of the baby death scandal.

The Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has asked the Professional Standards Authority to carry out an independent investigation into the Nursing and Midwifery Council's handling of failings at Morecambe Bay NHS Trust.

The NMC's investigations are still ongoing more than eight years after the first complaints were made linking midwives to poor care at the trust.

An inquiry into failings at the trust by Bill Kirkup fin 2015 found a 'lethal mix' of failings lead to the avoidable deaths of at least 11 babies and one mother.

The inquiry said the midwives at Furness general were so cavalier they became known as “the musketeers”, with a culture of denial, collusion and incompetence.

James Titcombe, who along with a number of parents has campaigned for change said it was a 'relief' to know the 'ineptitude' of the NMC will be properly examined.


WATCH: Cancer charity tours Cumbrian schools to teach students about warning signs

Could you name the five warning signs of cancer? Do you know how to minimise your risk of being diagnosed with the disease?

Those are two of the questions teenagers in Cumbria are being asked, as part of a charity educational programme.

Seven teenagers and young people are diagnosed with the disease every day in the UK.

Katie Hunter reports:

Cancer charity visits Cumbrian schools

Teenage Cancer Trust Credit: Teenage Cancer Trust

A cancer charity is touring Cumbrian schools to teach pupils the warning signs to look out for.

The Teenage Cancer trust is aiming to get to every secondary school in the county to raise awareness of the disease among young people.

The worry is that 37 per cent of all teenage cancer diagnosis are diagnosed at A&E. We need to get it so that they're going to their doctors earlier and they're picking up on symptoms.

– Rachel Wilkinson, Teenage Cancer Trust
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