Perfect Partners

NHS Forth Valley and the University of Stirling were judged Partnership of the Year at the 2015 Student Nursing Times Awards.

The Awards celebrate the very best in nurse education, and the two institutions – sole Scottish winners – came top for their Psychological Trauma-informed Care Partnership.

Linking Stirling’s School of Health Sciences Mental Health team and NHS Forth Valley’s Mental Health Services, it has led to the development of ground-breaking care within Scotland.

Judges described it as: “An innovative approach with a clear impact on service users and the students. It demonstrates real collaboration and cites how a partnership can been used to improve curriculum and experience.”

Professor Angela Wallace, NHS Forth Valley Nurse Director, said: “This is a great achievement and one of which both NHS Forth Valley and the University of Stirling can be justifiably proud.

“Psychological trauma is a condition which requires greater understanding and the excellent working relationship between the two organisations is providing a top class standard of education which in turn is leading to improved patient care. We are absolutely delighted to receive this award.”

Stirling’s School of Health was shortlisted for six categories in the Awards with special mention to Kyle West who reached the last four in the category for Most Inspirational Student Nurse of the Year.

More information on the Student Nursing Times Awards is available at

  • L-R: Rebecca Kidman, online editor Student Nursing Times; Tony Banach, Professionals Learning and Development Manager at Macmillan Cancer Support, Partnership Award sponsors;  Student Nurse Eve Flockhart; Teaching Fellow Jennie Young; Professor Jayne Donaldson, Head of Stirling’s School of Health Sciences; Professor Angela Wallace, NHS Forth Valley Nurse Director; Jenni Middleton, Editor of the Nursing Times.