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This year's Mary Seacole winners unveiled

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Nurse and midwife research on improving treatment for asylum seekers and the challenges faced by black and minority ethnic nursing degree students are among the winners of this year’s Mary Seacole Awards.

Six nurses, midwives and health visitors were announced as award winners today at a ceremony at the Royal College of Nursing.

The winners of the two leadership awards will receive a bursary of £12,500, and the four development award winners receive a bursary of £6,250. See below for the full list of winners:


Mary Seacole Leadership Awards

Esther Craddock, Education & Training Adviser, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

Project: “Enhancing the Mental Health Carers’ contribution to Healing”

Stacy Johnson, Lecturer, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Physiotherapy, University of Nottingham

Project: “An exploration of critical issues for students from black and minority ethnic (BME)  groups when developing access, recruitment and retention practices for all degree nursing education in the UK”

Mary Seacole Development Awards

Sarah Bennett, Specialist midwife, St James University Hospital

Project: “An exploration of midwives experiences of caring for women seeking asylum”

Naomi Douglas, Children’s Centre Health Visitor, Community Health Oxfordshire

Project: “Befriending Breastfeeding: a home based antenatal pilot for South Asian families”

Mylene Freires Advanced Nurse Practitioner for Venous Access, Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

Project: “Development of a nurse-led Port-a-Cath insertion service for patients with sickle cell disease on red cell exchange programme”

Opal Greyson, Hepatitis Nurse Specialist, Bedford Hospital NHS Trust 

Project: “To improve access to Hepatitis C Testing for the Sub Asian Community”

The announcements were made by NHS Employers director for core services Gill Bellord and deputy chief nursing officer for England David Foster. Health minister Anne Milton also presented certificates to four award winners from last year who had completed their projects.

Dr Foster said: “The high calibre of applications for the awards is reflected in the awards made today, which will undoubtedly, enhance the careers of the individuals and contribute to the improved health gain of the BME communities.”

The awards recognise nurses, midwives and health visitors who undertake a year-long project, which benefits the health needs of people from black and minority ethnic communities.

They are jointly funded by the Department of Health and NHS Employers, working in partnership with the Royal College of Nursing, Unite, Unison and the Royal College of Midwives.



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