Student Midwife of the Year 2016 awarded to Christ Church student

04 May 2016

Final year Canterbury Christ Church University student midwife, Natalie Corden, has won the prestigious Student Midwife of the Year Award at the 2016 Student Nursing Times Awards.

Natalie is near to the end of her studies at the University and carried out a placement at the William Harvey Hospital in Ashford as part of her degree. During her time at Christ Church, Natalie has been elected onto the Royal College of Midwives Student Midwife forum as an England representative, presented at the student Royal College of Midwives conference and keeps a blog reflecting on her journey into midwifery and her growth as a practitioner.

The judging panel, made up of senior and influential figures from the health sector, selected Natalie to win the award recognising her outstanding work and passion for midwifery. The panel said: “Natalie came into midwifery to make a difference having had her own personal experience that inspired her journey into midwifery. She is enthusiastic, passionate and this has led her to engage at a local and national level. She will challenge others to ensure that the women she cares for have a positive experience.”

Natalie said: “I feel honoured to be recognised as the Student Midwife of the Year in these national awards. It was an accolade to be shortlisted amongst some amazing student midwives from all over the country so to win was a wonderful surprise.”

“I love being a student midwife as it is a privilege to be with women and their families during the special life event of pregnancy and birth.

Debra Teasdale, Dean of the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing at Canterbury Christ Church University, said: “I am absolutely thrilled and delighted that Nat's contribution as a student has been recognised by this award, it is immensely well deserved. It is a positive acknowledgment of her journey into her professional career which will inspire our current student midwifery body and many others. “

The annual awards recognise and reward educational establishments committed to developing new nursing talent as mentors, lecturers and providers of placements. The awards also pay tribute to students who have demonstrated the academic achievement, clinical prowess and personal qualities that will make them excellent nurses.

Jenni Middleton, Editor of Nursing Times, said: “If you are training to be a nurse or are already a nurse, you are a pretty exceptional person. It is an incredibly tough job. It is an amazingly rewarding profession. And it takes someone incredibly special to do it. It takes skill, it takes knowledge, it takes hard work, it takes dedication, and it takes commitment to be a nurse. At Nursing Times, we want to support nurses to be the best they can be. Our Nursing Times Awards winners and Student Nursing Times Awards winners are role models of what hard work, commitment and talent can see you achieve.”

Natalie was also recognised at the British Journal of Midwifery Practice Awards ceremony earlier in the year, achieving second place in the Student Midwife of the Year category.

Find out more about studying Midwifery at Canterbury Christ Church University on the website. 

Notes to Editor

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With 17,000 students across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • 95% of our UK undergraduates were in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
  • We are one of the South East’s largest providers of education, training and skills leading to public service careers.

*2013/14 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey


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