A nurse based at The Royal London Hospital has been named a Rising Star during the recent Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Black History Month celebrations.
Sabiha Malik received the Rising Star award for her equitable approach to transforming neonatal safeguarding and discharge processes during the height of the pandemic.
As a nurse on the neonatal unit, Sabiha recognised the heightened need for clear communication, in an uncertain environment with many different cultures and languages. During the peak of the pandemic when babies were only allowed one visitor for safety reasons, Sabiha took a lead role in communicating between hospital teams, community and social services to make transitions from the hospital to the home a safer and better experience for babies and their family.
Deborah Jackson, senior nurse for neonatal services, said: “Sabiha treats everyone with respect no matter who they are - she has been a leading light in ensuring that all are equal, and no-one feels alienated due to their ethnicity and or race. Sabiha involves everyone with a total unbiased approach.
“We are thrilled to see her recognised as a true star, as we believe she has well and truly already risen.”
Lucie Butler, director of nursing and governance at The Royal London Hospital said: “Being in one of the most diverse populations in the country, it is essential we build an inclusive environment in which everyone is welcomed, valued and empowered. I commend Sabiha on her work to improve the experience of our patients and embed an inclusive culture - she is truly deserving of this award.”
Congratulating the winners, RCN Regional Director for London, Lisa Elliott, said:
“Our winners this year are trailblazers, calling out unacceptable behaviour while inspiring colleagues to bring about real improvements in their workplace culture. They used their own lived experience to create more engaging ways to deliver more personalised care to their patients.”
The RCN Rising Star awards recognise nurses, nursing support workers and midwives who make an outstanding contribution to health and social care.