We are incredibly proud of Rhianydd Davey and Alice Lewis, two of our fabulous practice nurses at New Ty Newydd GP Surgery in Treherbert.
Their passion for practice nursing in Cwm Taf Morgannwg was recognised at the RCN (Wales) Nurse of the Year Awards (2019) where they were runners up in the Mentorship Award.
In 2017, the New Ty Newydd GP practice became an accredited learning placement for students undertaking the Bachelor of Nursing degree at the University of South Wales.
Rhianydd and Alice have developed a ‘gold standard’ mentoring scheme for students selecting Primary Care as their chosen career. Mentoring is a core element of the ‘student induction programme’ which focusses on introducing students to the full breadth of the role of GP Practice Nurse.
Receiving their RCN recognition, Rhianydd and Alice said:
“Through our mentoring scheme, our placement students get to experience the full breadth of the role of a GP Practice Nurse. It motivates and encourages many of them to go on to pursue a career in practice nursing, and many mentored students have been successfully placed into practice posts.
“The RCN Award highlighted the valuable role of mentorship in general practice and put a spotlight on the important role of family centred, multi-generational nursing care in our communities. To be recognised for doing what we love has been a career highpoint for us both.”
A few student nurses who have participated on the mentorship programme at Ty Newydd said: –
“The placement exceeded my expectations as I was unaware of how many primary care services are available. I now feel I have a better understanding of what is available to patients. I feel I have gained excellent knowledge and skills that I can put into practice throughout my career.”
“I felt I was learning continuously. I thoroughly enjoyed the six weeks. I felt part of the team from day one.”
“All the staff were vey helpful and encouraged me throughout. This placement has given me a lot of confidence and I would highly recommend it to other students.”
This Mentorship award was open to an outstanding Registered Nurse of Registered Midwife who demonstrated an innate understanding of the importance of good mentorship in supporting highlight quality learning environments and who act as a role model to others.