Sam Jude.

A ward manager has been shortlisted for a BAME Nurse of the Year Award.

Sam Jude, Feltwell ward manager, at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn, has been named in the National BAME Health and Care Awards. 

The awards celebrate black, Asian and minority ethnic staff and networks across British health and social care who are making significant improvements in BAME career development support and forging better healthcare initiatives for their communities.

He was nominated for his outstanding contribution to the British Indian Nurses Association (BINA), where he is an executive lead for the east region, and his active role in supporting Indian nurses locally.

His nominator, Marimouttou (Coumar) Coumarassamy, associate director of operations at Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust and founder and head of BINA, said: “Sam is a value-based nurse leader and always goes the extra mile to help the nursing community – something he usually does in his own time – and we need more leaders like him for the betterment of our BAME nursing community.” 

Mr Jude said: “I am very honoured to be shortlisted for the award. The last couple of years have been challenging but despite the challenges it is great that all the efforts put into developing and promoting the work around equality, diversity and inclusion has been recognised. 

“It has only been possible through the collaborative effort and teamwork at Team QEH and beyond. A special thank you to the British Indian Nurses Association for their invaluable support through the years.”

The  awards ceremony takes place on June 9 in London.