Consultant Anaesthetist Dr Chi Davies has been shortlisted for a national Lifetime Achievement Award in NHS England’s NHS 70 Windrush Awards.
The awards were held ahead of the 70th anniversary of the NHS on July 5th, and named after the cruise liner Empire Windrush, which arrived in the UK with passengers from the West Indies.
Many passengers were among the first to work in the newly-formed National Health Service which launched just two weeks later.
The awards celebrate the contributions and diversity of Black , Asian and Minority Ethnic people in the NHS, from the Windrush generation of 1948 to today’s workforce, represented by 202 nationalities.
More than 11,000 members of the public, patients and staff submitted nominations and Chi, who has spent 32 years working in the NHS, was one of four people shortlisted for the Lifetime Achievement Award.
This award recognises the work of people who have dedicated much of their working life to the NHS.
Chi was nominated for the significant contribution she has made to the NHS, not only through her work as a Consultant, but also through other achievements such as leading on both the new Canterbury Day Surgery Centre and the Channel Day Surgery Centre at William Harvey Hospital in Ashford.
Last year, Chi also spent three months on an unpaid medical trip to help improve healthcare in Nigeria, building a 20-bed hospital in Enugu. The hospital is now providing much-needed care for a deprived area of the community. Chi is now a regular visitor to Enugu.
Dr Chi Davies said: “I found my trip and my work very rewarding, a chance to help others and I enjoyed the adventure.
“I now have even more appreciation for what we have in the UK in our NHS.”