Black History Month: Barking and Dagenham nurse wins award

A Barking and Dagenham nurse has won an award recognising her ‘outstanding’ contribution to healthcare in London.

Aderonke Ajidahun, a haemophilia clinical nurse specialist at St Thomas’ Hospital in south London, was named a Rising Star as part of Royal College of Nursing London’s celebrations of Black History Month.

The accolade recognises nurses and healthcare support workers from London’s Black, Asian, and minority ethnic nursing community who have made an outstanding contribution to the capital’s health and care system.

A Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust spokesperson described Aderonke as “a strong patient advocate who supports people to have a voice and to express any concerns”.

She also advises staff on developing their careers and mentors youngsters from diverse backgrounds to consider a career in nursing and healthcare, they added.

Aderonke said: “I am so delighted to be receiving this award as it recognises the work that I do both in the trust and outside the organisation.

“This will certainly encourage me to do more with empowering and supporting the career progression of colleagues and people from my community.”

Black History Month runs until the end of October.

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