Royal A&E nurse wins regional award for BAME contributions

Edna Panambo, Senior A&E Sister at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital, has won the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Outstanding Contribution to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Health and Social Care Award.

The award forms part of the RCN North West's annual event to celebrate the rich history and contribution of BAME nursing staff across our region and in the NHS and Social Care.

Colin Hont, Deputy Chief Nurse at Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “I am so proud of our A&E Senior Sister Edna Panambo, who has been awarded for her outstanding contribution to the experience of BAME staff.

"Edna arrived in Liverpool 20 years ago, and this RCN award highlights her passion in building vital recruitment networks with the Philippines to enhance our nursing team. She continues to go the extra mile to support our new staff members, as well as their families in the community, once they have joined the Trust.

“Edna is an inspiring leader to all the team within the Emergency Department, while also being kind, patient and encouraging.”

Edna said: "I was extremely surprised to receive this award, I thought I was attending a safety meeting! I was in tears and for me an award is a bonus. Thanking the Lord first of all, our Lead Jenny Taylor, my AED family, our consultants, our matrons and the Trust Board for their support, trust and confidence in my leadership in a stressful department, especially during this pandemic. I would say teamwork makes the dreamwork."