Gary wins Nursing Times award

Gary, centre, receiving his award. Professor John Playle is to his left and Jenni Middleton, Editor of Nursing Times, to his right
Gary, centre, receiving his award. Professor John Playle is to his left and Jenni Middleton, Editor of Nursing Times, to his right

Gary Winters has won the award for Student Nurse of the Year: Mental Health at the Student Nursing Times Awards 2014.

He received his award at an inspiring awards lunch, held at the London Hilton on Park Lane on 1 May. The awards support the whole student nursing profession and celebrate the achievements of the student nurses who are shaping the future of nursing. This year 670 student nurses were nominated with 127 becoming finalists. In the mental health category the judges were looking for an outstanding student who offers excellent care and support to this client group in treating or helping them to manage their mental health problems. Gary was presented with his award by Professor John Playle, Dean, School of Human and Health Science, University of Huddersfield.

Greenwich resident Gary, who works for us as a health care assistant, was seconded to take up his studies as a student nurse at Greenwich University.

Gary, 38, first joined Oxleas in 2005 as a project worker in complex needs in Greenwich. In 2007 he joined the mental health charity Rethink, before rejoining Oxleas in 2010.

Wilf Bardsley, our Director of Nursing and Governance, said: "I am delighted for Gary. His compassion and commitment always shines through, so it's no surprise that he's won this award. I have no doubt he will go on to have a successful and rewarding career in nursing."

Published on 6th May 2014