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Physiotherapist wins nursing conference award

23 October 2019

Black History Month (October) got off to an award-winning start for Consultant Physiotherapist, Dr Billy Fashanu who won a Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Award at a Valuing Overseas Nurses conference on 4 October 2019.

Billy who has been working in the Trust for 24 years said: "As I am not a nurse, I reluctantly accepted this award on behalf of all the hard-working nurses of BAME background at Southend Hospital. This award really is for everybody. And it's a great honour to work with my nursing colleagues every day. It makes such a big difference to staff morale when the hard-work and various contributions that BAME staff makes in the NHS, are recognised by institutions like the Royal College of Nursing".

The Valuing Overseas Nurses conference was a celebratory event with speakers from several hospitals in the eastern region. Southend Hospital nurses were represented by Simi Ncube (Practice Development Nurse and co-chair of BAME), Bernard Hadebe (Research and Development Nurse Lead), and Denise Townsend (Director of Nursing). They were accompanied by Louise McIver, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Lead (MSE & Southend), Dele Kadiri HR Operations MSE & Southend) and Billy Fashanu (Consultant Physiotherapist & Co-chair BAME).

Billy was also a runner up in this year's Southend Hospital Heroes Award in the Care with Compassion category which was also held earlier this month.

Denise Townsend, Director of Nursing at Southend Hospital nominated Billy for the RCN Award which recognises Black Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) staff who have made significant contributions to the health service. Billy is an active and key member of the BAME Network at Southend Hospital and has made significant contributions to the group. The event was held at Kings House, Bedford.