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Masline is in the running for a very special nursing award

An inspirational member of the Sanctuary Care team is celebrating after being shortlisted for a very special nursing award.

Masline Chitura joined Sanctuary Care in 2016 as a physical health nurse at our newly-acquired mental health hospital Butterworth in London. Initially reticent about leaving the NHS she took that leap of faith and thrived – and today she is Head of Clinical Improvement.

Following the surprise nomination, Masline is delighted to have made the shortlist for the Julie Bolus Rising Star Nursing Award, run by the Good Governance Institute (GGI).

She says: “It’s so exciting – I don’t think it has sunk in properly yet! feel very proud to work for Sanctuary Care and to showcase our nurses.

“I feel really humbled and have so much respect for everyone that has been nominated – even if I don’t win I am so grateful to everyone that has supported me.”

Masline was born in Zimbabwe and came to the UK in 2000, pursuing her dream to become a nurse.

Her nomination highlights how she has exceptional clinical skills and a thirst for knowledge and is passionate about nurturing potential.

With her support, one of her colleagues completed a Masters degree to become a Mental Health Nurse. She was there every step of the way, encouraging him to take extra NVQs, helping him to apply to university and juggling his shifts to support his studies.

She is also doing two Masters Degrees – one in Infection, Prevention and Control and another in Clinical and Healthcare Workforce Education.

Jane Earl, our Director of Nursing and Quality said: “Masline is passionate about using knowledge and evidence-based research to deliver the best outcomes for our residents, while instilling that passion in our nurses.”

The award has been established in memory of Julie Bolus, a highly experienced nurse, NHS executive director and NHS non-executive director, who passed away in April.

It will be presented to a UK nurse who is seen to be a rising star – showing the passion, care for patients and focus on the best outcomes for citizens that Julie did, at a virtual ceremony on 25 November.

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