Kingston University

Building trust in nurses among young people with learning difficulties

The Nana Xmas project, led by Kingstons’ associate professor Theresa Nash in collaboration with St Philip’s Special School in Chessington and StoryAID, was awarded Teaching Innovation of the Year at the 2019 Student Nursing Times awards.

As part of the project, the university’s third-year nurses buddied up with Year 11 pupils from the school to create and perform a story about the life of student nurses in the 1950s. The project allowed the students to develop the interpersonal skills needed to work with young people with learning disabilities and the school pupils to develop their creativity and self-confidence and build greater trust in nurses.

Following the success of the project, the buddy nurses are training their fellow students in how to work with young people with learning disabilities while a community day to help socially isolated people at National Trust property Ham House has been planned.