Student Nurse Leanne Patrick has reached the finals of the Scottish Health Awards 2017.
She has been recognised for her work with Alliance Scotland's Health and Social Care Academy.
Leanne commented "I was lucky to be involved with Alliance Scotland's Health and Social Care Academy on their Future Leaders project. The project was supported by the The Academy in collaboration with Universities across Scotland but shaped and led by the vision of future leaders of health and social care. I oversaw the East hub and in partnership with fellow students Kirsten Sinclair and Vanessa Saunders, collated data from peers on their vision of what the future of health and social care should be and what needs to happen in order to achieve that. We presented our findings at a conference of current leaders, engaged in debate and discussion regarding emergent themes and learned a great deal from the project on what it means to have professional courage, to visualise a change we can be a part of and, ultimately, to be a future leader.
"I was then invited to the NHS Scotland conference to present a poster in the exhibitions about the project, which was a fantastic experience and led to meeting many inspiring individuals. The project is something we intend to maintain after its initial successes
"In addition, I have also been fortunate to make a Podcast with the inspiring Tommy Whitelaw, project engagement lead of The Alliance's Dementia Carer Voices. We discussed my daughter Ella who is Autistic, what matters to her and what matters to us as a family for #wmty17. I was later invited by Tommy to a parliamentary lunch to launch the Dementia Care Voices' latest publication and celebrate the work of the project thus far. I was able to hear the inspiring words of ALLIANCE Director, Irene Oldfather; Tommy Whitelaw; NHS Scotland Chief Executive, Paul Gray, and Jackie Baillie MSP.
"I'm incredibly excited to be a finalist. I wasn't expecting to reach this stage and I am honoured to be alongside some truly inspiring individuals who have contributed significantly to healthcare. I'm very passionate about the role of the student nurse and leadership in nursing education; it's encouraging to be recognised for this at any level but to be a finalist for such a prestigious award is really motivating."
Senior Lecturer Dr Karen Watchman commented "We are delighted that Leanne's hard work has been recognised. Leanne had an instrumental role in the Future Leaders programme with the Alliance Scotland Health and Social Care Academy and she went on to join the Council of Deans Leadership scheme. She continues to represent the Faculty in an exemplary manner."
The award ceremony will take place on Thursday 2 November in Edinburgh.