East Grinstead hospital team lead up for national award
The specialty team lead for plastic and reconstructive surgery at Queen Victoria Hospital in East Grinstead has been shortlisted for a national award.
Kokila Ramalingam has been shortlisted in the category “Compassionate and Inclusive Leader – Role Model”, in the National BAME Health & Care Awards (BAMEHCA).
Kokila who works in the hospital’s operating theatres, has been recognised for her proactive approach in anticipating the needs of patients coming for surgery; her bravery and consistency in challenging more senior clinical staff to meet required standards; her gentle determination; and her commitment to supporting incoming overseas nurses.
Kokila said she was ‘thrilled and excited’, adding: “We are a small hospital trust and I am passionate about helping everyone feel included and supported, whether they are staff or patients. Being shortlisted also motivates me to work even harder to fulfil the vision of QVH’s BAME Network - empowering staff to achieve their potential through creating positive change.”
Steve Jenkin, chief executive at Queen Victoria Hospital, added: “We are delighted that Kokila has been shortlisted for this national award. It is important that those we care for and work with can benefit from a positive, inclusive culture, where diversity is respected and valued, and thank Kokila for her passion and determination to make a difference.”
The awards will be held virtually as five separate events taking place between 15 April and 13 May.