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Ariel shortlisted for BAME Nurse of the Year

27/04/2021

We are delighted that Ariel Lanada, Divisional Educational Lead for the Neurosciences, Orthopaedics, Trauma, Specialist Surgery, Children's and Neonates Division of Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, has been shortlisted for the title of BAME Nurse of the Year in the National BAME Health and Care Awards.

The Awards were launched in 2019 by an enthusiastic group of volunteers from the health and care sector, in collaboration with Colourful Healthcare CIC, to champion the importance of recognising BAME talent and innovation.

As well as his role in Practice Development and Education, Ariel is Chair of the OUH Black Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Network at Oxford University Hospitals, President of the Filipino Nurses Association UK, Chairman of the Filipino Community of Oxfordshire (FilCom Oxford) and an Associate Lecturer at Oxford Brookes University.

In his roles both within the Trust and beyond, he has been instrumental in supporting his colleagues and the Filipino community in Oxfordshire through what has been an extremely challenging and traumatic period.

He has also helped our International Nurses' Programme - the team which has successfully taught and supported 337 nurses since March 2020 throughout the COVID-19 pandemic - with follow-up support sessions for our newly arrived international nursing staff, whose contribution has been so vital this past year.

Cynthia Okpala, Staff Nurse in Cardiology at the John Radcliffe Hospital, wrote to Ariel after passing her Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) exam (designed to assess the ability of nurses and midwives to competently apply their professional nursing or midwifery skills and knowledge in the UK).

"You accommodated me and gave me the opportunity to practise," Cynthia wrote, "Words have failed me to express how grateful I am."

Find out more about the National BAME Health and Care Awards

Sign up to watch the Awards Ceremony live online on Thursday 6 May at 5.00pm

You can also follow the OUH BAME Network on Twitter @Bame_OUH

Best of luck, Ariel!