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Date of release: 20 August 2021

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As regular readers of my blog will know, I love an award! So I can’t think of a better way to start this edition by shouting out about The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust’s three nominations for the Nursing Times awards.

Two nurses are finalists going for individual awards in the ‘Overseas nurse of the year’ category – Karen Glover and Maureen Peter-Dike. Also, the organisation’s award-winning Clinical Fellowship Programme, which is now being rolled out at our partners, Walsall Healthcare, has been shortlisted in the Workforce Team of the Year category.

Karen, arrived in the UK in 2013 from South Africa, and since starting at the Trust in July 2016, has had a meteoric, record-breaking rise from Healthcare Assistant to Matron for Trauma and Orthopaedic over New Cross and Cannock Chase Hospitals. She received the Silver Award at the Chief Midwifery Officer Awards in May from Ruth May, Chief Nursing Officer for England.

The mother of two has shown huge determination to achieve her goals. Having come from Cape Town, South Africa, it took two years to receive her Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) pin. The NMC weren’t satisfied with her references even though she had her own midwifery practice for 14 years. So she traced her tutors online back to the mid-1980s when she qualified, and once those references were submitted, finally gained her pin. Since then, she has progressed through the bands to become Matron. As well as Trauma and Orthopaedics, she is also responsible for patient services.

Latest News: Karen and Maureen

Karen is hugely passionate about staff development and is an inspirational leader. She is now lending support to our buddying system at Walsall, helping the 267 international nurses to settle in. Karen attended Walsall’s buddying introduction event this week and plans to share good practice with her Wolverhampton colleagues.

Maureen, currently on maternity leave after the birth of first baby Michelle in January, has had a really positive impact on the organisation since coming to work for the Trust in April 2019 after nursing in various wards at a teaching hospital in south west Nigeria.

As well as being a full-time staff nurse on the stroke unit, Maureen volunteered to help new colleagues settle in to life in Wolverhampton. Teaching on the OSCE course, she has helped around 100 international nurses to gain their Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) qualification, as well as setting up a welfare group that involved her showing new staff around the hospital and taking them on trips around the city to familiarise them with public transport and shopping.

The Trust is no stranger to national recognition. Last December the Clinical Fellowship Programme (CFP) won two Nursing Times Workforce Summit Awards – Best UK Employer for Nursing Staff and the Best Diversity and Inclusion Practice category. At the same time, the organisation was also shortlisted as a finalist in the categories for Best International Recruitment Experience category and Workforce Team of the Year.

It is hoped that following last year’s live streamed event – which I watched with staff at New Cross Hospital – that this year’s ceremony will take place in person, at The Brewery in London on Wednesday, November 17th, when Karen and Maureen and the CFP team will find out whether they have won.

Good luck to all!

Take care,

A Teaching Trust of the University of Birmingham