23 / 10 / 2013 9.37am
The achievements of this year's Mary Seacole award winners are being celebrated today (24 October 2013), for their work in providing excellent patient care while reducing inequalities, at a ceremony in London hosted by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN).
The awards, created in 1994 honour Mary Seacole, the pioneering Jamaican-born Victorian who nursed soldiers during the Crimean War. They provide funding to specific health care projects aimed at improving the health outcomes of people from black and minority ethnic (BME) communities.
Up to £12,500 of funding to help enhance effective leadership and communication was available for winners of the ‘leadership’ awards, while up to £6,250 was available for each winner in the ‘development’ category. The awards are designed to support the winners in undertaking a year-long project to benefit the health needs of people from BME backgrounds.
The NHS Employers organisation is proud to provide funding with the Department of Health, which was awarded in association with the Royal College of Midwives, the Royal College of Nursing, Unison and Unite/CPHVA.
Dean Royles, chief executive of the NHS Employers organisation, said: “The Mary Seacole Awards winners are a shining example of what you can achieve with innovation, dedication and hard work. These awards will help inspire others into the NHS and to sustain the invaluable contribution of BME groups in healthcare. These staff receiving the award will help redefine healthcare by developing new services and better engagement with the community. NHS Employers is proud to be supporting such a respected award.”
The winners of the Mary Seacole Leadership and Development Awards received funding for the following projects:
Mary Seacole Leadership Award:
- Calvin Moorley, Senior Lecturer, School of Health, Sport and Bioscience, University of East London
Project: Project: Stroke aftercare among the black and Asian populations in East London: towards a cultural sensitive framework
- Perfect Tiritega Mawaka, Community Hospitals Manager, North East London Foundation Trust
Project: A study to understand the lived experiences of the individual of black ethinc background living with dementia in the United Kingdom (UK)
Mary Seacole Development Award:
- Kate De Freitas, Clinical Midwife, Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust
Project: Responding to a changing demographic horizon through the exploration and development of midwives cultural competency training
- Jackie Haden and Fiona Allen, Deputy Designated Nurses - Safeguarding Children and Young People
Project: To support awareness raising of safeguarding children from BME communities
- Sarah Rutherford, Lecturer, Manchester Metropolitan University
Project: An exploratory study of the factors that impact on BME support workers access to Assistant Practitioner training programmes
- Shirley Baah-Mensah, Modern Matron, North East London Foundation Trust
Project: Developing Black and Ethnic Minority Nurses as Leaders in the health profession