Filipino nurse Ariel Lañada wins Nurse of the Year award for UK pandemic work

Ariel Lañada UK Nurse of the Year award
Filipino nurse Jose Ariel Lañada is one of the two winners of the Black Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Nurse of the Year award in the United Kingdom. Photo from Oxford University Hospitals.

Filipino nurse Jose Ariel Lañada of the Oxford University Hospitals has been named the United Kingdom’s Black Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Nurse of the Year for his outstanding work during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lañada was declared a joint winner of the award in the National BAME Health & Care Awards during a virtual ceremony on May 6, 2021.

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Originally from Iloilo City in the Philippines, Lañada was recognized for being “instrumental in supporting his colleagues and the Filipino community” in Oxfordshire during the global health crisis.

Ariel Lañada is currently the Divisional Educational Lead for the Neurosciences, Orthopaedics, Trauma, Specialist Surgery, Children’s and Neonates (NOTSSCaN) Division of the National Health Service (NHS) Foundation Trust.

“I am incredibly honoured to receive this award. It has been a pleasure and a privilege to be able to support my colleagues and the Filipino community,” Ariel Lañada said in a press release.

Aside from his role in Practice Development and Education, Lañada also serves as the President of the Filipino Nurses Association UK, chairman of the Filipino Community of Oxfordshire (FilCom Oxford), and an Associate Lecturer at Oxford Brookes University.

“This has been an incredibly challenging year for everyone, and the teamwork demonstrated both in our hospitals and across the community has been wonderful to see. It has never been more important to support each other, and be there for each other.” Lañada added.

The National BAME Health & Care Awards recognize and celebrate the achievements of BAME staff and support networks from across the health and care fields in making significant improvements in career development.

Filipino nurses Charito Romano and Minnie Klepacz both received British Empire Medals for their outstanding work amid the COVID-19 pandemic in the United Kingdom.

SEND CONGRATULATIONS in the comments below to Filipino nurse Jose Ariel Lañada for winning the United Kingdom’s Black Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Nurse of the Year award for outstanding work during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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