|Ms. Mylene Freires(Left)|
Ms. Mylene Freires was awarded the 2010 Mary Seacole Development Award for her project on the development of nurse-led Port-a-Cath insertion service for patients with sickle cell disease on red cell exchange program.
Ms. Frieres, an advance nurse practitioner for venous access at London's Guy's & St. Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, received the recognition at a ceremony held at the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) headquarters in London in the presence of the Rt. Hon. Anne Milton, MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Public Health.
Ms. Freires, a graduate of the Silliman University College of Nursing, is the first Filipino to receive this highly coveted national award. She hails from Panabo, Davao del Norte.
The Mary Seacole Leadership and Development Awards recognize nurses, midwives, and health visitors around the United Kingdom who make an outstanding contribution to patient care through development and leadership.
The Development Award, worth £6,250, allows recipients to undertake a project that benefits the health needs of people from black and minority ethnic communities.
The Leadership Award, worth £12,500, enable nurses, midwives, and health visitors in leadership positions to undertake a project to improve patient care.
The awards were created in honor of the nurse, Mary Seacole, who made a significant contribution to nursing in the 19th century, including nursing wounded British soldiers during the Crimean War. They are funded jointly by the UK Department of Health and NHS Employers who work in partnership with the RCN and the Royal College of Midwives (RCM).
The other recipients of the 2010 Mary Seacole Development Awards were Sarah Bennet of St. James University Hospital, Naomi Douglas of Community Health Oxfordshire, and Opal Greyson of Bedford Hospital NHS Trust.
"The positive contribution of Filipino nurses and health care workers in the United Kingdom is highly appreciated by the British Government. Their care and compassion are sought after by patients. Our nurses are truly ambassadors of goodwill of the Philippines," remarked Ambassador Enrique A. Manalo in his report to the DFA.
There are 60,000 Filipino health care workers in the UK, including 30,000 Filipino nurses.
The Filipino community in the UK is estimated at 250,000 and is organized into various professional, regional, and educational associations, including the Silliman University Alumni Association-United Kingdom Chapter of which Freires is an active member of its Board of Directors.