A learning disability nurse in the East Midlands credited with transforming the lives of vulnerable people has died after receiving treatment for Covid-19.
Augustine Agyei-Mensah has been remembered as a highly valued colleague and a dedicated family man to his wife and four young children who was “proud” of his Ghanaian heritage.
“He was committed to making a difference and giving people a second chance”
He had worked as a learning disability nurse at Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust since 2014, having qualified the year previously from the University of Hertfordshire with a dual learning disability nurse and social work degree.
In his career, Mr Agyei-Mensah – known to his colleagues at Gus – worked closely with teams in speech and language therapy and psychology to support patients with a variety of complex cognitive and sensory needs.
Prior to embarking on his clinical training, Mr Agyei-Mensah worked for Southwest Trains from 2003 to 2007 in customer services and on performing platform duties.
Paying tribute, Angela Hillery, chief executive of Northamptonshire Healthcare, said: “Augustine epitomised what we stand for here at NHFT. He was committed to making a difference and giving people a second chance.
“Augustine cared for some of the most vulnerable in our society; lives have been transformed because of him.”
She said the trust was “committed” to support Mr Agyei-Mensah’s family through this time.
In a statement, Mr Agyei-Mensah’s family said: “Augustine was a caring husband and loving father to four children. We are devastated by his loss.
“He was a dedicated, hardworking and proud NHS worker who will be missed by all who knew him.”
Colleagues at the trust have set up a fundraising page in his memory and at the time of publication had raised more than £8,000 to support his family.
To commemorate the nursing staff who have lost their lives during the pandemic, Nursing Times has created a dedicated memorial page, which can be viewed here.