Royal College of Nursing award won by staff nurse and City alumna, Fartun Ali for her outstanding achievement in pre-registration student nursing and midwifery.

By Mr Shamim Quadir (Senior Communications Officer), Published (Updated )

The annual RCN Foundation Impact Awards recognise excellence in nursing and midwifery throughout the UK. They are a celebration of the exceptional work undertaken by nurses, midwives and healthcare support workers that takes place every day throughout the UK.

At a ceremony in London, Fartun Ali, who is a staff nurse at the John Howard Centre, East London NHS Foundation Trust (ELFT), received an Impact Award for her outstanding achievement in pre-registration student nursing and midwifery.

Fartun previously received the Foundation’s Margaret Parkinson Into Nursing grant to support her with her studies, enabling her to spend time looking into various research areas for her MSc in Mental Health Nursing at City, University of London, while putting what she learned into action at ELFT, and becoming a newly qualified nurse focusing on helping those with mental health problems.

Fartun was one of eight inspirational award winners for 2023 who were selected from recipients of RCN Foundation education grants which have supported them in enhancing their practice and creating an outstanding contribution to patient care throughout the UK.

Her award was presented by Dame Ruth May, Chief Nursing Officer NHS England and comedian, Shaparak Khorsandi.

Speaking to ELFT about her win, Fartun said:

I’m really proud to have been presented with an RCN Foundation Impact Award. This is something I would not have been able to achieve without the guidance from my brilliant colleagues.

I believe the grant, along with the learnings from my studies and support from staff have made me become a more confidence nurse, which I hope to bring to the healthcare profession in the future.

Fartun talks about how her Into Nursing grant helped her achieve her goals, and could help others too.

To view the full list of Impact Award winners, visit the RCN Foundation’s website.


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