Nominations are now open for the inaugural round of a new award launched in tribute to a London nurse who took his own life after being unfairly sacked.
The accolade will be given annually to a nurse who shows clinical excellence and support for colleagues, in memory of Amin Abdullah.
“What we are trying to do is we want to keep Amin’s memory alive”
Mr Abdullah, 41, died in February 2016 by setting himself on fire outside Kensington Palace, just days before he was due to attend a hearing to appeal his dismissal from Charing Cross Hospital.
An investigation into Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust’s disciplinary process concluded Mr Abdullah was “treated unfairly” and that charges held against him were “completely unjustified”.
The trust’s chief executive, Professor Tim Orchard, subsequently admitted Mr Abdullah should not have been dismissed. He vowed to commission a full overhaul of the trust’s disciplinary procedures.
Mr Abdullah’s partner, Terry Skitmore, fought hard to secure the independent investigation.
Amin Abdullah and Terry Skitmore
Source: Terry Skitmore
Mr Skitmore has now launched the Amin Abdullah Award in partnership with consultant neuropsychologist Dr Narinder Kapur, who was also unfairly dismissed from his hospital job in 2010.
The pair have funded the award for the next five years but hope money can be raised to keep it going thereafter.
“What we are trying to do is we want to keep Amin’s memory alive,” said Mr Skitmore, who was in a relationship with Mr Abdullah for 12 years.
Mr Abdullah had himself won an award for clinical excellence and was disciplined for trying to support a colleague after concerns were raised about them by a patient.
The award is open to any qualified nurse working in the NHS and winners will receive a certificate and prize of £1,000.
Further details on how to nominate a nurse can be found here.
The independent investigation, led by consultancy firm Verita, made several recommendations to Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust in the wake of Mr Abdullah’s death.
Source: Terry Skitmore
Mr Skitmore said he was keeping a close eye on the trust to ensure changes were made and he was hoping to see lessons shared nationally through NHS Improvement.
Reflecting on what has been achieved so far, Mr Skitmore said: “I’m not religious but I hope [Amin] can see we have cleared his name.”
Donations to the Amin Abdullah Award fund can be made here.