The Mary Seacole Awards

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02 / 3 / 2016 Midnight

Applications are now open for the 2016 Mary Seacole Awards.

The Mary Seacole Awards provide an opportunity for individuals to be recognised for their outstanding work in the black and minority ethnic (BME) community.  There are two award programmes and the applications for each can be downloaded below.

Please send your completed application form to Amy Cole by 20 May 2016. If you are shortlisted, you'll be asked to attend an interview. If you are thinking of applying and would like to find out more please contact Amy Cole to find out about workshops in your region. You will also find the presentation used at these workshops of interest and this is available to download here: Pre-application Workshops.

Mary Seacole, a Jamaican-Scottish nurse and businesswoman, was a celebrated Victorian heroine due to her bravery in nursing soldiers in the Crimean War (1853–6). The Mary Seacole Awards were created in her honour and provide the opportunity for individuals to undertake a specific health care project, educational or development activity that benefits and improves the health outcomes of people from BME communities.

The awards are funded by Health Education England and are awarded in association with Royal College of Midwives, Royal College of Nursing, Unison and Unite. Continued support is provided by NHS Employers and the Department of Health.


The 2015 winners were announced at a special awards ceremony on 22 October.

Mary Seacole Leadership Winners 2015

  • Joanne McEwan – Health Visitor, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
    Protect and Prevent Girls from female genital mutilation (FGM) is an app to assist health professionals in practice.
    FGM affects women from BME backgrounds. The app will help health providers to identify girls at risk of FGM, empower them with information to enable discussions, and provide guidance for best practice. Ultimately it will assist in protecting girls from FGM and direct FGM survivors to appropriate support and medical services.
  • Aissa Edon -  Community Midwife Team Leader, The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Trust 
    What are the psychological and psychosexual needs of women who have undergone FGM in the UK?
    Most women affected by FGM live in 29 African countries and parts of the Middle East and Asia. Much is known about the inequalities BME communities experience when accessing health services and for FGM women, care is often reported to be variable depending on location. While physical need is well documented;, little is known about the psychological and psychosocial needs of women affected by FGM. It is essential that this area is researched.

Mary Seacole Development Award Winners 2015

  • Raj Adgopul – Specialist Community Public Health Nurse, VH Doctors Limited, UK care Pathway App
    This app will help recent migrants or visitors to the UK to navigate the healthcare system appropriately. A significant proportion of those who fail to access healthcare, either totally or functionally, are from minority ethnic communities. There is also a rise in the number of unnecessary attendance at emergency services where economic migrants have settled.
  • Gergana Nikolova – Senior Midwife, Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust, Online Antenatal and Postnatal Education Program
    The project aims to support the black and minority ethnic communities by providing them with a new educational model offering evidence based information in their own environment and their own language. Encouraging access to sensible materials and matters, provided in an acceptable manner and promoting new or unfamiliar available services.
Judith Ormrod – Lecturer (Nursing) at School of Nursing, University of Manchester
Increasing the knowledge and competency of student nurses to provide culturally competent care to clients who have experienced or are at risk of experiencing FGM/C.
By introducing and increasing the knowledge base of student nurses from child, adult and mental health branches it is hoped a heightened awareness of providing culturally sensitive care will improve the experience of NHS care from the client / patient’s perspective in a variety of settings.

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