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Lead nurse at Royal Berkshire Hospital wins RCN South East Black History Month ‘Making a Difference’ Award

Bernice with award

Lead renal nurse, Bernice Bore at the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust was nominated for the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) 2020 South East Black History Month ‘Making a Difference’ Awards and recently learnt that she had won.


As part of RCN’s Black History Month 2020 celebrations, the Royal College of Nursing South East Region asked members to nominate individuals who had made a real difference in the delivery of healthcare.


Those nominated had to be from the black, Asian or minority ethnic nursing community, or have made a real difference on behalf of the black, Asian or minority ethnic nursing community. Black History Month and the awards present the Royal College of Nursing and their members with the unique opportunity to recognise and reward nursing staff who have made a real difference to patients and/or colleagues.


Jessica Higson, Director of Nursing said: “Bernice was recognised for her excellent leadership and the depth of compassion she demonstrated to colleagues and families who were bereaved. We were incredibly grateful for the inspirational leadership Bernice has shown over the last few months particularly during the height of the pandemic but also her commitment to work, and how she sensitively supported her peers and a bereaved family of a colleague who sadly passed away.”


The nomination was also submitted for the support Bernice gave to the wider renal team’s amazing work during COVID-19 who were severely affected by the pandemic, and for continuing to support her team on Battle Day bed unit during this time.


Bernice supported an initiative along with the team from the intensive care unit to establish bedside haemodialysis in the unit as well as on a day ward which helped manage the additional inpatients. The renal team also created separate outpatient pathways for COVID positive and negative patients to ensure patient safety was maintained. The wider renal team has done incredible work during this pandemic supporting their patients.


Caroline Ainslie, Chief nursing officer added: “This is fantastic news and so well deserved. Bernice has demonstrated incredible compassion to her team and patients during the COVID-19 period. We are incredibly proud of her.”


Due to the current challenges around COVID-19 the awards this year will be streamed live on Microsoft Teams event. Bernice was presented with her award by Caroline Ainslie, Chief nurse and Jessica Higson, acting director of nursing for networked care.



October 2020


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