A NEWLY qualified nurse who trained at Winchester’s Royal Hampshire County Hospital has been named student midwife of the year. at.

Keri Manley was presented with the award at The Lights theatre in Andover last week (September 18).

Extracts from her nomination read: “I have seen Keri develop into an amazing midwife. Keri is keen to learn, enthusiastic and passionate about caring for women and being part of the team.”

Ms Manley and nearly 70 other newly qualified nurses and midwives, who trained at Hampshire hospitals, attended the Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust ceremony, marking their graduation to qualified staff.

The nursing and midwifery students studied at Surrey, Southampton and Bournemouth universities, completing their placements at various hospitals including the RHCH, Andover War Memorial Hospital and Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital.

The Taverner Award for student nurse of the year, presented by Hampshire Hospitals Chief Nurse Donna Green, was a joint award to Vida Asamoah, for her ‘all round excellence’, and Sophie Jasper for being ‘the most natural nurse’ her mentor had had the pleasure of working with. Both nurses completed their placements at Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital.

The Taverner award was donated by a nurse who trained in Winchester in the 1950s who donated her nurse badge and provided funding for an award to be given to ‘exceptional student nurse’ of the year.