Student Nurse Award finalist: Holly Phillips

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Andrew Parker Student Nurse Award in association with the RCN Fellows finalist: Holly Phillips

Third year, learning disability, University of Cumbria

The horrifying experience of a mum, whose son had multiple learning disabilities, using a toilet before a routine hospital appointment made Holly determined to fight for better facilities. With a colleague, she began a campaign for fully accessible toilet facilities in her trust. She gathered evidence by collecting patient experiences through structured questionnaires, focus groups and meetings. After giving a presentation to its Equality of Access to Healthcare Group, University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust agreed to install a fully accessible facility in all the trusts hospitals. Holly now hopes to gain facilities in the Lake District to make visits accessible.

Picture credit: John Houlihan

The Andrew Parker Student Nurse Award in association with the RCN Fellows is supported by Nursing Standard and sponsored by the Royal College of Nursing.

The Royal College of Nursing


In 2016 the Royal College of Nursing celebrates a centenary as the voice of the profession. From its original educational and professional objectives, the college has grown into the largest professional union for nursing with more than 430,000 members including nurses, midwives, healthcare support workers and students. It continues to campaign across the UK and internationally, influencing policy and practice for the benefit of nursing staff and their patients. Sponsoring the Andrew Parker Student Nurse Award tonight is just part of the colleges commitment to supporting nursing excellence for 100 years more.