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Mary Seacole winners announced

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The work of nurses and midwives who have contributed to improving the health of black and ethnic minority communities was celebrated this week at the annual Mary Seacole awards.

Six nurses, midwives and health visitors were recognised for their contribution to BME healthcare in an awards ceremony on Tuesday hosted at the London headquarters of the union Unison.

The winners of this year’s Mary Seacole Leadership and Development Awards were announced at the ceremony, while last year’s winners gave presentations on the projects they had carried out over the past 12 months.

The event was attended by health minister Dr Dan Poulter, NHS Commissioning Board chief nursing officer Jane Cummings and other senior nurses from the NHS and trade unions.

Their diverse projects ranged from improving clinical engagement and outcomes for BME individuals with mental health problems and a pilot study of Hepatitis C among Eastern European migrant workers in Lincolnshire, to improving sexual health outcomes for vulnerable under 18 year olds in BME groups.

The awards provide winners with the opportunity to undertake a year-long project to benefit the health needs of people from BME communities.  There are two award programmes:  The Mary Seacole Leadership Awards, which are up to £12,500 each, and the Mary Seacole Development Awards, which are up to £6,250.  

The Department of Health, NHS Employers, Unison, the Royal College of Nursing, the Royal College of Midwives and Unite, jointly fund the awards.  

They were created in 1994 and mark the significant contribution of Mary Seacole to nursing in the 19th century, notably her treatment of wounded British soldiers during the Crimean War.

Speaking at the ceremony, Dr Poulter said: “Nurses and midwives have some of the most demanding and important roles in the NHS, commanding our respect and support.

“As a doctor, I have had first hand experience of the direct impact that they have on patients and it is a testament to the NHS that nurses and midwives are still showing the same sort of drive and determination as Mary Seacole did.

“She is an enduring role model and these awards demonstrate that we have a new generation of exemplary role models who are driven to improve practice and give intelligent and compassionate care,” he added.



Mary Seacole Leadership and Development Awardees 2012-13

Mary Seacole Leadership Awards

Dr Gloria Likupe, Lecturer, Faculty of Health and Social Care, University of Hull.

Project:  “Developing a communication model for ethnic minority elders and health care workers”

Mrs Fiona McGregor, Sexual and reproductive health research nurse/honorary research associate for women’s health, UCL, Central and North West London Foundation Trust.

Project: “Developing a policy based on NICE to improve sexual health outcomes for vulnerable under 18 year old BME groups in a community reproductive sexual health service”

Mary Seacole Development Awards

Desiree Campbell-Richards, Diabetes Research Nurse, Barts Health NHS Trust, London

Project: An exploration of factors influencing diabetes outpatient attendance amongst Bengali, Pakistani and African patients in an Inner London Borough

Kelly Hylton, Gateway Worker (Registered Mental Nurse), Six Degrees Social Enterprise CIC, Salford.

Project: Improving clinical engagement and outcomes for BME communities experiencing common mental health problems in primary care using an approach called Take Control”

Anita John, Practice Development Matron, Head and Neck Directorate, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

Project:  Understand the barriers and incentives to diabetic retinopathy screening among South Asian population in Nottinghamshire

Olwyn Lidster, Community Psychiatric nurse – substance misuse services, Bradford District Care Trust.

Project: Improving health outcomes for Gypsy and Traveller communities



Mary Seacole Award Winners to be presented 16th October 2012

Mary Seacole Leadership Awards

Sarah Amani, Youth Mental Health Network Lead for NHS South of England (East) and Team Manager, NE Hants & Surrey Heath Early Intervention in Psychosis Team 

Project “REACH OUT Project – Exploring the factors affecting access to mental health for the Nepalese community in Rushmoor, NE Hampshire”

Marsha Jones, Clinical Lead-Maternity Inpatients, Barts Health, Newham University Hospital

Project “Improving Postnatal Care and Experience in Hospital for Black and South Asian women by exploring health care workers capabilities”

Mary Seacole Development Awards

Grahame Fraser, Specialist Practitioner District Nurse, Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust

Project:  “The identification of perceptions that influence blood pressure monitoring and management for young Black Caribbean Seven Day Adventist congregants”

Val Freestone, Community Psychiatric Nurse, Milton Keynes PCT

Project: “Raising Awareness of Milton Keynes Dementia Service’s Within The BME communities”

Karen Murray, Hepatitis C Nurse Specialist, Lincoln County Hospital

Project: “Pilot Study: Hepatitis C and Eastern European Migrant Workers in a Rural County”

Nana Quawson, School Health Advisor, Barts Health, Community Health Services

Project: “Health & Well-Being In The Family”


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  • Well done to all award winners. I am sure the " Black and ethnic " groups deserve good care, like everyone else and should be treated the same. Why is this care singled out and why M. Seacole award? Is there a Florence Nightingale Award? Afterall, Flo started proper nurse training and developed the Queens Nurses,ie Community nurses. She receives very little acknowledgement, these days, probably because she was upper class. Reverse snobbery, I call it (I am from a working class family and working class area-heavy industrial, where if one got a job in the factory, all asipations had been met) Ms Seacole was paid for her services, at the front line, which she rendered unto the OFFICERS. It is reported that she was not trained and used enchantments as part of the "care".
    This does not detract, in any way, from the work my colleagues have done to win these awards but it is good to know the truth about the past and those venerated

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