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A nurse leader and diversity champion has accepted a prestigious award on behalf of all NHS Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) nurses and midwives for their response in the coronavirus pandemic.
The Baton Awards celebrates female trailblazers from diverse racial groups and this year had a unique award dedicated to the contribution of thousands of BAME nurses and midwives.
“I feel privileged and honoured to accept this award on behalf of all my colleagues from diverse groups”
During a virtual ceremony earlier this week, Karen Bonner, chief nurse at Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, was presented with the award.
Ms Bonner (pictured top) was highly commended in the 2019 Nursing Times Awards for her work in diversity and inclusion, and until recently was a trustee of the Mary Seacole Trust.
She is also a member of the NHS England Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) strategic advisory group.
“I feel privileged and honoured to accept this award on behalf of all my colleagues from diverse groups whose lives were sadly cut short during the Covid-19 pandemic, and those who continue to work on the frontline caring and protecting patients,” said Ms Bonner.
“As NHS nurses, midwives and healthcare workers, we do what we love, in service of others.”
Ruth May, chief nursing officer for England, said: “In this year of the nurse and midwife I am delighted to see Karen receive this very special award.
“The commitment and contribution of BME nurses and midwives to health and care in England – from Mary Seacole in the past, right through to Karen today – is something I pay unending thanks and respect for.”
Baton Awards founder Dr Diahanne Rhiney said: “We are delighted to be able to recognise the selfless contribution of the nurses and midwives who, through their hard work and dedication, embody the very essence of what the Baton Awards represent.”