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Student nurse recognised for improving care

​A student mental health nurse who works for Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) has been presented with a national award after winning funding to help her further improve the care she provides to service users.

Mandy Spaul, who is based on the Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit at Hellesdon Hospital in Norwich, received the RCN Foundation Impact Award at a ceremony in Liverpool on Saturday (13 May). She was given the accolade after successfully applying for a £250 bursary so that she could attend a foundation course on mindfulness and use the knowledge she gained to help others.

Mandy was presented with the award by Robert Sowney, Chairman of the RCN Foundation, during the Royal College of Nursing Congress.

“It was lovely to win the award,” said Mandy, who is currently completing her nurse training while working as an assistant practitioner. “I applied for the bursary so that I could learn new skills to benefit the people I work with and enhance the support I am able to give service users.

“Having completed the mindfulness course, I am now able to talk about the benefits of mindfulness and understand the difficulties some people find applying mindfulness in everyday life.

“Mindfulness can have a positive impact on people’s wellbeing and play an important part in maintaining good mental health. I will share the knowledge I gained from the course with service users, carers, staff, family and friends and hope to go on to attend a train the trainer course so that I can continue to help others improve their mental health and wellbeing.”