Operating theatre team lead shortlisted for national award

Wednesday 7th April 2021

Operating theatre team lead shortlisted for national award

Kokila Ramalingam, specialty team lead for plastic and reconstructive surgery, at Queen Victoria Hospital, has been shortlisted for a prestigious National BAME Health & Care Award.

Shortlisted in the category “Compassionate and Inclusive Leader – Role Model”, 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.

One in five nurses, more than one in three doctors, and one in six of all NHS staff are from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds. The annual National BAME Health & Care Awards (BAMEHCA) recognise the hard work of professionals from ethnic minorities in the UK’s health and care sectors, and the positive and sustainable differences made to the lives of people from ethnic minorities, staff, patients, users of services, or communities.

More recently, Kokila has become co-chair of Queen Victoria Hospital’s “BAME network”, looking at development opportunities, wellbeing, resilience and education for all staff, to help the organisation have conversations that matter and recognise where changes can be made.

Speaking about being shortlisted for this award, Kokila said: “I am really thrilled and excited about this nomination and would like to thank everyone who suggested me. 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.

For more information contact the QVH Press Office at qvh.communications@nhs.net.