A student nurse wearing blue scrubs smiles at the camera.
Emma Grady has been shortlisted for a Student Nursing Times Award.

 

An outstanding Edge Hill student has been shortlisted in the Student Nursing Times Awards. 

Emma Grady, who helped set-up a ground-breaking social platform to connect students during lockdown, is in the running for the Outstanding Contribution to Student Affairs award. 

Delighted by the news, Emma said that if she won it would be “for all the students at Edge Hill who are doing amazing things” in the University community. 

The 34-year-old from Chorley said she was facing stiff competition from the other nominees and claimed it was an honour just to have been recognised. 

“I’m quite shocked but really proud because I feel like this is for all the students at Edge Hill who are going above and beyond but not shouting about it.” 

The mum-of-two, who is just starting the last year of an integrated Mental Health Nursing and Social Work Masters degree, has gone above and beyond to improve student experience while studying at Edge Hill. 

In addition to co-founding the Integrated Health and Social Care society, which has organised guest speaker events and fundraisers, Emma was also a key organiser in a World Mental Health Day event which welcomed Joe Rafferty, the Chief Executive of Mersey Care Foundation Trust, as a guest speaker. 

Emma, a healthcare support worker for the Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Trust, was also pivotal in the creation of The Student Social Work Hub, a virtual group set up by seven students from across the country to help students connect and share best practice during Covid-19 lockdown. 

The platform has been highly commended by an array of professionals including chief and principal social workers and international social work organisations. As well as capturing the student voice and sharing learning resources, the Hub collaborates with professionals who send in their work, write for the group and provide access to unique learning materials. 

Still expanding and developing, the Hub now has more than 10,000 followers. 

“The project is still going really well,” Emma said. “We’ve now set up The Jobs Hub where lots of different councils can advertise vacancies because we realised there was no one place students could go to look for work in this profession. 

“I really hope the Hub becomes a permanent fixture – we’ve put so much into it but we’ve also got so much out of it, and I want that to continue for future students too.” 

The winners of the 2021 Student Nursing Times Awards will be announced on Thursday 4 November. 

Nursing Times editor Steve Ford said the awards “provide us with a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the achievements of the next generation of nurses and all those individuals and organisations who support them. 

“Huge congratulations to all our shortlisted entrants and thank you to everyone who has taken the time to enter.” 

The University’s Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine is one of the largest providers of health and social care education in the North West and home to the new Edge Hill University Medical SchoolNursing and Social Work are just two of a variety of course options available.