Congratulations to Pearl Sakoane, a student nurse at King’s College London who won the Edith Cavell Leadership Award on 1 April at the Cavell Nurses’ Trust Scholarship Awards at Fishmongers Hall, London.
The Edith Cavell Leadership Award, sponsored by NHS Professionals, was awarded to Pearl who is studying adult nursing. She was granted £2,000 travel scholarship funding after demonstrating leadership ability and willingness to develop this in her future career. Pearl also demonstrated that she is able to identify and share good practice, which consequently brought about improvements in patient care.
Pearl said: “I was inspired to be a nurse by my mum, who fought to finish her training in an unstable South Africa. Her attitude to caring for people was powerful. When my mum was living through the end stages of cancer, she received outstanding nursing care. So to win this award is amazing, it’s the next part of my family’s nursing story.”
Sue Holmes, Head of Business Development at NHS Professionals, said: “NHS Professionals are extremely proud to be part of such a prestigious award. Pearl demonstrated strong leadership and we look forward to finding out more about what she plans to do with her travel scholarship.”
The awards, now in its fourth year, are especially poignant as 2015 marks 100 years since the execution of Edith Cavell in German-occupied Belgium. In the presence of Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal several awards were given to student nurses and midwives who demonstrate the values WW1 Nurse Edith Cavell.
In a letter written to support the centenary appeal, HRH The Princess Royal said: “Cavell Nurses’ Trust do vital work each year in supporting nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants ensuring that Edith Cavell’s legacy of caring and learning lives on.”
We will be talking to Pearl this week to find out about the award process and what her plans for the future are.