Cerdic Hall, the coordinator of the East London – Butabika Health Partnership wins the prestigious ‘International Nurse of the Year Award’. Sponsored by the Nursing Standard, the award recognises nurses whose international work has made a difference to the healthcare of people outside the UK.
Photo left to right: Cecilia Anim, Deputy President, Royal College of Nursing, Jane Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer for England, Cerdic Hall, Primary Care Mental Health Liaison Nurse, East London NHS Foundation Trust, Fiona Phillips, Host
The winners were announced at a ceremony hosted by TV presenter, broadcaster and journalist Fiona Phillips on Tuesday 12th March at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. The evening was attended by over 300 people including key figures from the nursing and healthcare profession.
Cerdic has coordinated the Butabika-East London Link from soon after its inception in 2005. East London NHS Foundation Trust have provided training and service development in the areas of the Psychiatric Clinical Officer role, user involvement, drug and alcohol services, inpatient care, train the trainer programmes to teach skills in responding safely to aggression and violence, Occupational Therapy, Child & Adolescent Care, and Community Mental Health Services.
The Link was also responsible for an international ‘first’, with the Heartsounds Tour, which involved a group of mental health service users from the UK travelling to Uganda in 2008 to meet their counterparts and promote greater involvement of their peers in mental health service development.
Runner up in the International category was Senior nurse Colleen Lloyd. Colleen is part of a larger team forming the THET funded Wessex-Ghana Stroke Partnership, supporting colleagues from Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra, Ghana, over several years to develop the first specialist stroke unit in West Africa. The project, launched in 2006, included a team from across the Hampshire and East Dorset region and a Ghanaian team consisting of doctors, nurses and physiotherapists, as well as a wider multidisciplinary team.