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Richard Rees Jones and student accepting an award. Balloons in background.

On Thursday 29 September, members of Airedale’s digital team attended an awards ceremony at the University of Bradford to recognise the talent of two students who joined the team over the summer and the Trust’s contribution to developing future digital talent.

Each year, students going into their second year at university, can opt to take part in an industry placement.  Nursing student, Poppy Firth, and Biomedical Science student, Hamza Mahmood, joined the digital team for six weeks to get hands on experience of working in an NHS digital service.

Both students delivered important pieces of work, with Poppy undertaking an audit of current nursing documentation and Hamza developing an approach to risk management for digital programmes.  Each of these will contribute to the future EPR programme.

Their work and placement experience was of such high-quality that the University of Bradford recognised the students and the Trust, at their annual Summer Experience Awards.

Airedale NHS Foundation Trust received the ‘Providing a future-focused workplace experience’ award for ensuring that both students had enriching learning experiences whilst on placement.  Student nurse Poppy was also highly commended for her contribution to the placement provider’s business.

Richard Rees-Jones,  Chief Nurse Information Officer said:

“We were thrilled to have Poppy and Hamza as part of the team over the summer.

“We were keen to give them hands-on experience of working in a modern NHS organisation and both students embraced the opportunity to learn with energy and positivity.”

Emma Flowers, Head of EPR Learning and Development said:

“We’re genuinely committed to supporting the talent of the future.

“Both Hamza and Poppy are fantastic examples of how the NHS can nurture current students and show them that a digital career in the NHS can offer a fantastic future opportunity.”