Emmanuel Asimah, Staff Nurse in Acute and Urgent Care at Winchester Hospital, has won the Royal College of Nursing South East Region’s Black History Month ‘Making a Difference Award’ 2022.

The awards form a key part of the region’s annual celebration of Black History Month in October. This year the region has been celebrating international nursing staff.

60,000 members from across the region were invited to nominate colleagues who had made a real difference in the delivery of healthcare. 

Emmanuel Asimah - winner of RCN Black History Month award.jpgOn receiving his award, Emmanuel said: “It is a great honour today to be recognised for the hard work which fellow RCN reps like me put in place to make sure our members are given the necessary support and encouragement they need, especially in the case of international nurses.

“I believe everyone deserves better and should be given the opportunity to influence positive change in their own lives and those around them, and that has been my goal.”

Cess Wigley, Black History Month Lead Coordinator in the region, said: “We are delighted to present this award to Emmanuel in recognition of his exceptional achievements. Emmanuel received nominations from several of his colleagues, showing the far-reaching impact he has had in supporting and inspiring his peers.

“He was commended for being an outstanding leader and mentor, supporting international nurses through his role as International Nurse Ambassador at Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, addressing issues about accommodation and work-related pressures.

“Also highlighted were his dedication, care and compassion to his patients, and his commitment to his colleagues through his RCN roles in his local branch and as a steward, influencing positive decisions at the trust and motivating others to take on active roles.”