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Urgent care nurse to become mayor of London borough

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Queen’s nurse Yemisi Osho will become the new mayor of the London Borough of Waltham Forest at a ceremony later this week.

Her official election will take place at the council’s next annual general meeting, after the current mayor steps down. A ceremony will then take place at Walthamstow Town Hall on 25 May.

“This is a remarkable achievement”

Crystal Oldman

Ms Osho is an urgent care consultant and service transformation project Lead at Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust.

She became a Queen’s nurse in January 2012 and was elected as a Labour councillor for Lea Bridge ward in 2014.

Ms Osho received the Queen’s nurse title while a matron in Stratford when she was credited for her work supporting patients in the community with long-term conditions via a “virtual ward”.

The title is bestowed by the community nurse charity the Queen’s Nursing Institute.

Dr Crystal Oldman, chief executive of the QNI, said: “This is a remarkable achievement and we are thrilled to see Yemi being elected to this position.”

Ms Osho’s election will see her become the second nurse to take on the role of mayor this month.

As previously reported by Nursing Times, an experienced recovery nurse has already been elected as the new mayor of Ipswich in Suffolk.

Sarah Barber, 45, has succeeded to the role after just one year as a Labour councillor.

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