Sam Jude, Feltwell Ward Manager, at Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn (QEH) has been shortlisted for the BAME Nurse of the Year award as part of the National BAME Health & Care Awards 2022.
The National BAME Health & Care Awards celebrate Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) staff and networks in UK health and social care who make significant improvements in BAME career development support and forge better care initiatives health for their communities.
Sam was nominated for his outstanding contribution to the British Indian Nurses Association (BINA), where he is Executive Director for the East of England Region, and for his active role in supporting Indian nurses in King’s Lynn and in the surrounding area.
Marimouttou (Coumar) Coumarassamy, Associate Director of Operations at Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health NHS FT and Founder and Chair of BINA nominated Sam and said: “Sam is a values-based nurse leader and always goes the extra mile to help the nursing community – something he usually does in his spare time – and we need more leaders like him for the betterment of our BAME nursing community.
Coumar added, “I am incredibly proud and privileged to work with values-based leaders like Sam, and I wish him the best.”
Chelsea Kirk, Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at QEH, said: “I am incredibly proud of Sam and all the work he has done. Sam is the Chairman of QEH’s BAME Network, where he strives to bring about change to support our patients and staff. It’s fantastic to see Sam recognized for all his hard work.
Sam from QEH said: “I am very honored to be shortlisted for the award. The last two years have been difficult, but despite the challenges, it is great that all the efforts made to develop and promote work around equality, diversity and inclusion have been recognized.
“This has only been possible through the collaborative effort and teamwork within the QEH team and beyond. Special thanks to the British Indian Nurses Association for their invaluable support over the years .
The awards ceremony will take place in London on June 9 and QEH wishes Sam the best of luck.
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