Posted on: 20 January 2020

On Thursday 16 January 2020, Sandra Ifidon Osagiede, a mental health nurse at CNWL, was one of the selected guests at the launch of the Year of the Nurse and Midwife and Florence Nightingale’s 200th birthday celebrations at the House of Lords.

Sandra divides her nursing role between the Grenfell Health and Wellbeing Service and nursing in the criminal Justice system

The event was hosted by Baroness Mary Watkins of Tavistock. Guest speakers included The Rt. Hon Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock and the Chief Executive  of NHS England Sir Simon Stevens.

Sandra said, “I was invited as I previously completed the Florence Nightingale Foundation leadership programme NHS70 for 70 in 2018/2019. Professor Greta Westwood highlighted my nursing role in the Grenfell Health and Wellbeing service to the audience.”

“When I applied for this programme I never thought it would offer me the opportunity to network with healthcare leaders in the House of Lords. I am grateful to CNWL for facilitating these experiences, and I would like to thank Louise Morton (one CNWL’s Nursing Directors) for her continuous support and mentoring. I would encourage anyone to step out of their comfort zones and take part in leadership programmes, as this will lead to new heights.”

Dame Yvonne Moores, Chair of the Florence Nightingale Foundation said: “This is an important year for our profession and a chance to recognise and celebrate the role of nurses and midwives. Florence Nightingale was a great health and social reformer and believed in advancing the skills and profile of the professions.”

“Nurses and midwives are the future in the delivery of healthcare – The Florence Nightingale Foundation will continue to develop leaders who will go on to become pioneers of healthcare delivering innovative and evidence-based practice.” 

More at The Florence Knightdale foundation.