We’re really proud of consultant nurse Lindiwe Fynn on being awarded the Silver Nursing Award by Dame Ruth May, Chief Nursing Officer for England.

Lindiwe, who has 21 years’ service in the NHS, was nominated for her strong clinical leadership within the forensic community service and for her work in combatting racism.

Since joining the NHS, Lindiwe has experienced a number of challenges relating to her ethnicity; experiencing racism and discrimination from both service users and professionals. 

Whilst these incidents have been difficult and distressing for Lindiwe, rather than focussing on the negative, she uses it as a means to empower the wider team to acknowledge and speak up about their experiences, thus fostering an open and inclusive workforce.

Lindiwe epitomises the values, knowledge and experiences needed to role model to junior team members; coaching people to become the very best nurse possible.

The news was announced to Lindiwe during an all staff virtual engagement event last week, and just ahead of national Race Equality Week.

We have a Zero Tolerance approach at LSCft, which reinforces the message that we will not accept any discrimination, bullying or pre-judgement towards any members of staff or service users in any circumstances. We will support our colleagues to recognise, report and address any instances that do occur.

A tearful Lindiwe said:

“I am so humbled, honoured and thankful. I am grateful to have worked in the NHS for the last 21 years and work every day with such amazing people.”