Oxleas nurses are Rising Stars of 2021

Two of our inspirational nurses have today (1 October 2021) been announced as Rising Stars of 2021 by the Royal College of Nursing. 

Jesca Gudza, emigrated from Zimbabwe to help children in care in Bexley and John Owiti’s expertise, drive and determination has been instrumental in the development of an inaugural global health partnership which shares learning and expertise across continents. 

The winners of the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Rising Stars of 2021 were announced to kick off October’s Black History Month celebrations. 

The Rising Star Awards recognise nurses and healthcare support workers from London’s Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) nursing community who have made an outstanding contribution to the capital’s health and care system. The theme this year is anti-racism: literacy and transformation. 

Both Jesca and John were recognised for championing culture change and acting as role models; educating and mentoring colleagues to create more inclusive and supportive working environments; and for using their own experience to bring about meaningful improvements in services, particularly for patients from a BAME background. 

Rising Star winner and Looked After Children’s Nurse, Jesca, said: “It is an honour to be recognised as one of RCN London’s Rising Stars. As a black nurse originally from Zimbabwe, I hope my award shows other nurses from abroad that our contribution does matter and that we are valued members of London’s nursing community.” 

Rising Star winner, John, who is Substance Misuse and Dual Diagnosis Lead at Oxleas, said: “I am delighted and honoured to have been nominated for, and won an RCN London Rising Stars Award, 2021. This award highlights the importance of diaspora nurses’ engagement with mutual learning and shared expertise through global health partnerships to improve on healthcare systems both locally and abroad.” 

Director of Nursing, Jane Wells, nominated both Jesca and John for the awards. She said: “I am incredibly proud of the commitment Jesca and John have given to supporting nurses globally, reaching out, encouraging development and providing opportunities for development. Despite all the challenges of the pandemic, they have continued to look for opportunities to support others." 

Our Rising Stars

Hear from our Rising Stars Jesca Gudza and John Owiti, talking about how they found out about their award.

Our Rising Stars 2021 from Oxleas NHS.

Published on 1st October 2021