08 Dec 2015
Edward Vandi, nurse and team leader at Broadmoor Hospital, was named Nurse of the Year at a the 2015 Nursing Times Awards.
Edward, 50, from Tilehurst in Berkshire, was singled out for his incredible efforts at the height of the Ebola outbreak, travelling 3,000 miles from home to help sufferers in Sierra Leone. Part of a 30-strong contingent of NHS workers stationed at a treatment centre in Port Loko, his medical skills and ability to speak the Temne dialect made him an invaluable part of the team.
The biggest challenge for Edward was providing psychological support to sufferers and their families, and to combat the stigma around Ebola victims within a complex traditional culture. He said: “I saw people die every day. But the people fighting Ebola is what kept me motivated to continue. We made a difference.”
The Nursing Times Awards, which occurred last night at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London, is held annually to profile good practice and to recognise hard-working nurses who often go unrecognised. The awards also aim to raise the profile of the profession, highlighting the quality of work being undertaken by nurses in all specialties and settings.
This recognition comes at an exciting time for Edward, who only last week also won the Pride of Reading Health Worker of the Year award.
Leeanne McGee, director of high secure and forensic services at West London Mental Health Trust, said: “We are all delighted that Edward’s incredible work is being recognised. As a nurse in Broadmoor he is always dedicated and compassionate, but the work he did in Sierra Leone is truly indescribable. He has helped a huge number of people during his placements, putting his own life in danger to care for people in a desperate situation. Congratulations Edward on a truly well-deserved award!”