England’s top nurse recognises three King George Hospital nurses for their work during the pandemic
- Credit: Archant
The country’s top nurse visited King George Hospital for a virtual meeting to see the wards and congratulate three nurses who received awards for their service during the pandemic.
Ruth May, chief nursing officer for England visited the hospital, run by Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust (BHRUT) on Friday, November 13.
It was the first time she’d undertaken a virtual visit, using technology to see the wards, and to congratulate three nurses she’d recognised with silver Chief Nursing Officer awards.
Among those receiving the award was Kalvinder Jandu, senior sister on the gynaecology ward.
She was praised for leading her team through immense change during the pandemic, all while acting up as the matron.
You may also want to watch:
The ward was changed to a medical ward, meaning Kal and her team were faced with very different challenges, while caring for male and female patients.
She was nominated for the award by the Trust’s director of midwifery, Sue Lovell, who said: “Kal has supported staff who were not as familiar with the patient medical requirements, while ensuring appropriately skilled staff were always available.
- 1 Childhood sweethearts to open 'Brick Lane-style' deli in Barkingside
- 2 Ex-council staff who was sacked after bailiffs turned up at his work loses unfair dismissal claim
- 3 'Like prisoners in our home': Parents of attacked 13-year-old speak out
- 4 Walk It Out founder launches women's boxing classes
- 5 Thirteen-year-old boy attacked in Ilford
- 6 Restaurant apologises after allegations of verbal abuse between staff
- 7 Vulnerable woman dies burning charcoal for warmth after gas and electricity are cut off
- 8 Covid patient numbers rebound at Barts Health hospitals
- 9 Hundreds arrested after police crackdown on county lines
- 10 Mercato Ilford 'delayed again' as council pushes for Christmas opening
“She’s been an advocate for her staff, going over and above her role by continuing to provide support even when not on duty. She was also faced with making difficult decisions, which she never shied away from.”
Also receiving the award were; James Avery, director of nursing and chief nursing information officer, who set up a multidisciplinary workforce hub which helped manage the workforce during the pandemic, particularly with high staff absence levels; and Michele Elliot, director of nursing for anaesthetics and surgery, who oversaw critical care, including increasing beds in large numbers during the first wave of Covid-19.
Kathryn Halford, chief nurse and deputy chief executive, said: “She was really interested in how we’re supporting our staff wellbeing during this time, as well as what changes we’ve made while dealing with the pandemic, and how these have affected our teams.”