12 July 2017

NUH Surgery division champions student ideas at Nottingham competition

NUH Surgery division champions student ideas at Nottingham competition

Work tackling challenges set for local students by NUH staff has won the top prize in a Nottingham competition.

The Surgery Division took part in this year's Grads4Nottm event which saw more than 100 students work with major employers in the region including NUH and Boots. Students were set real life challenges and given two weeks to come up with answers.

The group was split into five teams working on separate projects tasked with, creating recruitment videos, planning a divisional celebration event, coming up with dementia friendly ward blueprint and finding ways to recognise the hard work of surgery staff.

The team tasked with planning a divisional celebration event won first prize after presenting their work back to the Grads4Nottm judges.

Vicky Malia, Associate General Manager for Surgery Division, said: "The experience was as rewarding for us as it was for the students and we will be moving forward with a number of their suggestions over the coming months so watch this space.

"We will definitely be taking part in Grads4Nottm again next year and are already planning how we can make our projects even bigger and better than this year with some helpful feedback from this year's students.

"We would thoroughly recommend other teams in the Trust engage with the project, and our advice would be to get creative with your challenges and use this as an opportunity to get some fresh ideas around pieces of work you might not otherwise get chance to look at in your day job."

Feedback from our Grads was really positive with them all saying they would do the project again.

Srijayee Biswas, who was part of the Health and Wellbeing Challenge wrote to thank NUH for taking part and support.

She s said: "For me, it has been a great experience working with a team which was as passionate about health and wellbeing as I am. I was also glad to see how organisations as big as NHS are recognising the need for mental wellbeing along with physical wellbeing for their staff.

"I am an ardent advocate of mindfulness meditation and I was really pleased to see the nurses' enthusiasm towards the subject and their eagerness to introduce it to their fellow colleagues.

Lastly, Thanks to Vicky and Andrea for being so helpful and patient with us.
"If I get a chance I would definitely do it again and I am sure my teammates would agree with me because these two weeks had been a fun and rewarding experience."

If you'd like to find out more about Grads4Nottm or about the NUH 2017 challenges please get in touch with Andrea Clegg or Vicky Malia.

NHS Nottingham University Hospitals
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