02 August 2012
Hospital staff awarded prestigious USA scholarship
A nurse and an occupational therapist from Nottingham University
Hospitals NHS Trust have been awarded prestigious scholarships to
learn more about healthcare in USA.
Nurse Laura Hailes and Occupational Therapist Becky Williamson
will be ambassadors on the Nottinghamshire Roosevelt Travelling
The Scholarship gives 21-30 year olds who live or work in
Nottinghamshire the opportunity to travel to the USA as British
ambassadors, to develop their profession, trade or area of
Both Laura and Becky had clear ideas on how they would improve
communication and best practice in their professional fields which,
if successful, could be adopted by other NHS practices throughout
26-year-old Becky Williamson, from Ruddington, works as an
Occupational Therapist at the City Hospital. She will be travelling
to the USA in November for one month.
She said: "It is a great honour to receive this scholarship
because my mum Patricia Williamson (nee Blackburne) was also
awarded The Nottinghamshire Roosevelt Travelling Scholarship in
1982, when she was a physiotherapist at the City Hospital.
"She always speaks so passionately about her experience and how
it has had such a positive influence on her life and career.
"This is a-once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I am looking
forward to meeting new people and making friends, and strengthening
the ties between Nottinghamshire and the USA."
Talking about her role in the USA, she said: "I am looking into
the role of Occupational Therapists in Major Trauma Centres in the
USA, particularly with individuals who have had a brain injury.
"As an occupational therapist I am fascinated by people, their
roles, lives and functional abilities in daily life and in wider
25-year-old Laura Hailes, from Mapperley Plains, works at the
City Hospital's Oncology and Radiotherapy department as a nurse.
She will be travelling to the USA in late-September for three
She said: "I am delighted that the Scholarship organisers liked
my idea and am looking forward to my trip.
"My goal is to champion and learn more about 'Shared Governance'
to improve communication in hospital wards.
"Shared Governance is about empowering staff by changing the
existing work culture, so that frontline staff work more closely
with their managers. This will give staff more power to make
decisions that affect their practice."
She added: "We don't use the Shared Governance approach yet but
I am hoping to pilot it on my return to work because studies have
shown that it improves patient outcome and increases staff
empowerment and satisfaction."
Laura and Becky will travel across America - including Los
Angeles, New York and Philadelphia - to develop their ideas and
talk to other healthcare professionals about best practice.
Some of their trip will include staying with local families to
learn more about American culture. They will also get the chance to
meet Franklin Roosevelt's grandson Haven, who supports the
Roosevelt Travelling Scholarship
The Nottinghamshire Roosevelt Travelling Scholarship was set up
in 1945 by the then Lord Mayor Francis Carney, in gratitude to
former President Franklin Roosevelt (1882-1945) who died just a few
weeks before the Nazi surrender.
Mr Carney's goal was to cement the ties between Nottinghamshire
and the USA by sending local people to America to learn new skills
to enhance their careers, whilst spreading friendship and
For further information about the Nottinghamshire Roosevelt
Travelling Scholarship, visit www.rooseveltscholarship.org/