Graduate’s award for care

Simon Pulin award winner Siobhan Leith from Ellon and midwifery lecturer Connnie McLuckie
Simon Pulin award winner Siobhan Leith from Ellon and midwifery lecturer Connnie McLuckie

An Edinburgh Napier University graduate from Ellon has been recognised for her outstanding caring skills at her recent graduation ceremony.

Bachelor of Midwifery graduate Siobhain Leith, 21, received the Simon Pullin Award and £250 at the ceremony which took place at Edinburgh’s Usher Hall on October 28.

The award was created by the university in memory of senior nurse Simon Pullin who played a key role in Edinburgh Napier’s Compassionate Care Programme up until he passed away in 2011.

The programme encourages nursing and midwifery students to go further than just looking after the health of the patient.

Siobhain said: “I feel a bit overwhelmed to have won this.

“I had done an assignment earlier in the year that I was particularly proud of and felt this was the foundation of compassionate care and I was blessed to hear one of my lecturers was thinking about me for this award.

“It was a lovely feeling, knowing someone believed in me.”

Siobhain added: “I now have a job as a band five midwife within the community.

“I have visions of being a midwifery lecturer in the future, along with providing some kind of special support for women, like natal hypnotherapy.”

Mental Health graduate Kerry Hayward from Berwickshire also won the award.

Edinburgh Napier’s lead nurse in compassionate care, said: “Siobhain and Kerry are worthy winners of the Simon Pullin Award. They have both shown outstanding person-centred compassionate skills.”