Trainee Nursing Associate and Recipient of 2018 University of Hertfordshire Dean's Award,
Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
Ian Costello is a trainee Nursing Associate in a medium secure forensic learning disability unit, employed by Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust, part of the Hertfordshire and West Essex STP, and his FdSc Nursing Associate programme is delivered by the University of Hertfordshire. Ian had 15 years’ experience working as a Healthcare Assistant. Ian was elected by his peers to be their student representative, and after advocating the role with such passion and dedication, he was selected by Health Education England to sit on the national implementation group and has spoken at local, regional and national events. His achievements include receiving a Dean’s award in the category of ‘Professionalism, Employability and Enterprise’ 2018 and ‘Professional of the year 2018’ by Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust. Ian is an ambassador of the Nursing Associate role and throughout his training, he has shared his skills and experience on placements. Returning to the Trust with new skills, which are now used to compliment the Registered Nurses, bridging the skill gap between Healthcare Assistants and Registered Nurses. Ian intends to be a mentor for future cohorts, and aspires to undertake additional training to be a Registered Nurse.