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UHNM nurse wins Royal College of Nursing national award

A nurse from University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust (UHNM) has scooped a regional award as part of black history month celebrations for making a difference to staff and patients.

Manju Mathews, a Urology and Anaesthetic Nurse at County Hospital in Stafford, was nominated for a  Royal College of Nursing (RCN), West Midlands Black History Month Making a Difference Award by UHNM Chief Nurse Ann-Marie Riley.

Today Ann-Marie said: “I nominated Manju for the amazing support she has provided to international nurses both professionally and outside of work. Manju utilises her own experiences in helping others to integrate and to ensure the nurses feel included and valued. Her compassion for others exceeds expectations.

“Winning this award highlights the impact Manju has on her colleagues. A huge congratulations to her on this great achievement.”

As part of Black History Month 2022 celebrations, the RCN West Midlands Region approached colleagues to ask them to nominate individuals who had made a difference in the delivery of healthcare.  Those nominated had to be from the black, asian or minority ethnic nursing community, or have made a real difference as an ally on behalf of the black, asian or minority ethnic nursing community.

Manju, who has worked at UHNM for 20 years, said: “It was a great surprise to receive the ward and I’m very honoured that RCN panel of judges chose me to receive it. It is an incredible moment for me.

“I will continue to do the same in the future to the best of my ability especially to support our overseas nurses. It is a daunting experience coming to another country on your own and leaving your family and friends behind. I know that situation very well myself and that’s when staff need support and guidance in professional and personal aspects.

“Thank you so much once again, I feel very proud to receive this award.”

The awards were presented in person at the RCN Black History Month Conference, which took place at the Midlands Art Centre, Birmingham, on 11 October 2022.