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Trust nurse chosen as face of NHS London Black History Month campaign

22 October 2020

Ken Wakatama, Clinical Nurse Specialist at Broadmoor Hospital has been chosen to represent West London NHS Trust as part of an NHS London campaign to mark Black History Month.

NHS London has today revealed 36 prominent individuals to be ‘the faces’ of NHS Trusts in the capital.

An online map of the city tells the stories of the inspiring black Londoners who have been nominated by NHS staff for their important contribution to their NHS Trust, local area or wider society.

On this recognition, Ken said: “It’s a privilege to have been chosen as one of the faces of NHS London’s important campaign, raising awareness of the amazing contribution black people make in the NHS. I’ve been honoured to have a rewarding career in mental health nursing. I love my job and I’m really passionate about delivering the best care for my patients.”

Janine La Rosa, Head of Equality and Inclusion for NHS London said: “As Londoners and members of the NHS workforce, we have a rich history that shapes our current experiences and that is something to be proud of.

“There are many stories untold which is why it’s important we hear and celebrate them together, not just for Black History Month, but all year round.”

Black History Month runs through October to acknowledge the history and contribution that African and Caribbean communities have made to the UK. The virtual online map can be accessed here.

Earlier this month, London’s NHS published a new Workforce Race Strategy to improve the experiences of black and minority ethnic (BME) workers in the capital.