University midwifery student from Sheffield wins national award

Rosie Hotchin (second left)
Rosie Hotchin (second left)
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A student from Sheffield has been crowned ‘Student Midwife of the Year’ in a national competition.

Rosie Hotchin, aged 26, who studies at Sheffield Hallam University, was selected from a shortlist of hopefuls from around the country.

In selecting her as the winner, judges said: “Our winner demonstrated excellent communication skills from the outset and was able to demonstrate a broad perspective of midwifery.

“This students’ passion for excellence is exemplary.”

The Student Nursing Times Awards are held annually to recognise talented student nurses who are excelling in their studies and deemed to be going the extra mile.

The winners were announced in a ceremony at the London Hilton on Park Lane.

Sheffield Hallam University is one of the UK’s leading providers of nursing and midwifery education.

The university provides education and training for midwifery and all fields of nursing, including adult, child, mental health and learning disabilities.

Rosie, who is originally from Warwickshire but has been living in Sheffield for the last eight years, has undertaken placements across South Yorkshire as part of her course.

She said “I felt overwhelmed to be nominated for this award, so to go on and win it is a real privilege considering all the excellent student midwifes across the country.

“The lecturers at Sheffield Hallam, the mentors at my placements and the other students have all been an inspiration.

“I got into midwifery to ensure that all women, regardless of background, should receive exceptional midwifery care. So I hope this award can help me go on and achieve that.”

Head of Nursing and Midwifery at Sheffield Hallam University, Dr Toni Schwarz, said: “We’re all delighted that Rosie won this prestigious award.

“Sheffield Hallam is one of the largest providers of nursing and midwifery training in the country, with cutting edge multi-million pound training facilities to match.

“Around 3,000 students are training to become qualified healthcare professionals within Sheffield Hallam at any one time.”

In total two Sheffield Hallam University students were shortlisted for the Student Nursing Times Awards.

As well as Rosie, David Donovan was nominated for Student Nurse of the Year specialising in Mental Health.