Staff from Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) have been nominated for regional excellence awards in recognition of their contribution to supporting learning and education among colleagues. Four individuals and three teams from the Trust are in the running for a Practice Education and Learning Support Award 2015, which will be presented during a ceremony on Monday, 16 March, at Dunston Hall, Norwich. Run by the Norfolk and Suffolk Workforce Partnership, the awards commend excellence and recognise individuals and teams who have made an outstanding contribution to the overall growth, development and education of pre-registration healthcare students and learners. The nominees from NSFT are: Mentor / Practice Teacher Award Melanie Grose, Criminal Justice Mental Health Liaison Practitioner, Criminal Justice Mental Health, Ipswich Ronnie Simpson, Staff Nurse, Blickling Ward (Dementia), Julian Hospital, Norwich Learning Support Award: Foundation degree & outstanding contribution to learning Steve Birt, Care Pathway and Discharge Nurse, Assessment and Treatment Service, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk Learning Support Award: Apprenticeships James Lunny, Team Administrator, Education and Development Team Award Mental Health Liaison Team, Fermoy Unit, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King's LynnFrank Curtis NSFT Library and NSFT Research Team, Hellesdon Hospital, Norwich Sandringham / Blickling Wards, Julian Hospital, Norwich As well as celebrating achievement, the awards also highlight the importance of education in practice and the workplace, and help share best practice across Norfolk and Suffolk. Jane Sayer, Director of Nursing, Quality and Patient Safety said: “We are delighted that so many of our staff and teams have been nominated for one of these prestigious regional awards. They have all made an outstanding contribution to developing our workforce while raising awareness of the importance of education in practice.” Among the staff nominated from NSFT is Team Administrator James Lunny, who has been recognised for his work supporting apprentices after using his own experience of completing two NVQs to offer guidance to help them gain their qualifications. He said: “I’m really pleased that I’ve been nominated for this award. I try to be a role model for the apprentices in our team and use my experience of the NHS and completing NVQs myself to help them wherever I can.” In addition staff on the Sandringham and Blickling Wards, at the Julian Hospital, have also been nominated after volunteering for an innovative pilot project called 'Collaborative Learning in Practice' (CLiP). The initiative uses a coaching model to help student nurses develop their skills during placements. The project has seen the whole multi-disciplinary team coach students to take a direct lead in patient care to maximise their learning and create an exceptional learning environment for students and staff.