LSBU Student's Mental Health Work Celebrated at RCM Awards

22 May 2023

London South Bank University (LSBU) Nursing and Midwifery student, Rachel Brackpool, has been awarded the ‘Student Midwife Travel Award’ at the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) Awards.

Third year student Rachel was recognised for supporting and empathising with fellow students at LSBU. Working with the midwifery community, which she helped to set up in her first year, she holds regular check-ins with fellow students, allowing them to share their experiences, get support and be guided to additional support if they’re struggling with their mental health and wellbeing.

The RCM Awards commend and highlight the best in teamwork and evidence-based practise projects, discovering outstanding individuals who have made a positive impact on women, families and their newborns, showcasing world-class midwifery standards.

The Student Midwife Travel Award enables Rachel to travel in or outside the UK for her midwifery placement and bring back reciprocal learning for her peers.

LSBU students and staff have now won four national awards in 2023. In May 2023 at the Student Nursing Times Awards 2023, LSBU’s Amba Morrell won the Student Midwife of the Year award and Tim Walsh won Student Nurse of Year award. In February 2023, Musharrat Ahmed-Landeryou, LSBU Associate Professor in Occupational Therapy, won the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT) Merit Award.

Rachel Brackpool, Third Year Midwifery student at LSBU, said,

“It’s an immense privilege to be recognised at the RCM Awards and to see my work being celebrated. Being there for others is incredibly important, especially for students with neurodiversity, and being able to create a community at LSBU means we’re able to share our experiences and create a positive environment on the course.”

Professor Louise Barriball, Dean of the School of Nursing and Midwifery at LSBU, said,

“Rachel is a fantastic example to other students across LSBU and midwifery and has gone out of her way to enhance other’s university experience. Having a community where students can discuss the problems they’re facing and work together to overcome these is incredibly important, particularly when placements, workloads or everyday life can sometimes seem overwhelming.”