Ken Wakatama, Clinical Nurse Specialist at Broadmoor Hospital, was chosen as one of the faces of the NHS in London for Black History Month 2020.
Faces of NHS London tells the stories of inspiring black Londoners nominated by NHS staff for their important contribution to their NHS Trust, local area or wider society.
Ken has been a qualified Mental Health Nurse for over 25 years. He began his career working for the Barnet Health authority as a staff nurse for 2 years in the Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU). Ken joined us in 1996 as a Staff Nurse working primarily in the high dependency unit and intensive care service.
"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."
"l've had the privilege of working across all the clinical settings in the mental health services in the high secure setting of Broadmoor Hospital including working as a Team leader, a Clinical Nurse Manager, periodically Acting Senior Clinical Manager and I regularly provide cover in the capacity of Site Manager. I also facilitate the training and development of all staff in Broadmoor Hospital as part of my job role.
I’ve gained a wealth of knowledge and experience in the management and care of a complex group of patients with extensive mental health difficulties which has led to my current role of Senior Clinical Nurse Specialist in reducing Restrictive practices where I have the opportunity to advise on and influence practice.
During my employment I have had the opportunity had numerous training and development opportunities; gaining a BSc for Violence reduction, I have represented the Trust in Conference and I also am part of external review of care and treatment in other areas of the Trust - and with other Trusts."