Trini specialist nurse gets Jubilee Award
A UK-based Trinidadian nurse has been awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal Diamond Jubilee Award in London for his work with prostate cancer patients.
According to a story carried online by Soca News, Suresh Rambaran was hailed for his part in raising the profile of prostate cancer in United Kingdom-based Afro-Caribbean males.
The award event was hosted by the Windrush Nurses and Beyond Foundation and took place at the Dorchester Hotel on July 25, 2013.
Apart from his nursing expertise in this area, Rambaran has been working for the last ten years for the charity Prostate UK, on its helpline providing information and emotional support to men living with and beyond a diagnosis of prostate cancer, Soca News stated.
He also gives awareness talks in the community.
The ceremony at the Dorchester was attended by several Caribbean high commissioners, with Baroness Howells making individual presentations to 12 nurses for their work in the National Health Service and voluntary sectors.
Rambaran told Soca News that he “very honoured” to have been chosen to receive the award for his work as a nurse in the NHS and voluntary sector.
“Over the past years, I have been championing the improvement of service provisions for BME (Black and Minority Ethnicities) people in the UK, in order that it is more culturally appropriate,” Rambaran said.
“As a cancer-specialist nurse, I have worked in raising cancer awareness among the BME communities, and with the charity Cancer Equality started Ethnic Minority Cancer Awareness Week (EMCAW), which is held in the first week in July to raise cancer awareness.
“In my current work with Prostate Cancer UK over the past ten years, I have been active in raising prostate cancer awareness among the African Caribbean men—who are three times more likely to develop prostate cancer compared to white men,” he added.