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Sheffield Children’s Nurse meets King Charles III at Buckingham Palace event

Jinu stands outside Buckingham Palace/ Jinu's invitations to the event
08 December 2023

A Mental Health Psychiatric Nurse at Sheffield Children’s’ Becton Centre for Children and Young People met King Charles III at an event at Buckingham Palace as part of His Royal Highness’ recent birthday celebrations.

Jinu Anthony was chosen to represent Sheffield Children’s at the event, which celebrated the important work of International Nurses and Midwives from across the UK. Jinu said: “We received a message about an event happening at Buckingham Palace and out of all of the International Nurses across Sheffield Children’s, I was nominated to go. I was so thrilled! I couldn’t believe that I was going to be able to have this opportunity that not many get.”

The event held at Buckingham Palace recognised the diversity of cultures present amongst the UK’s international nursing and midwifery community and included over 400 International Nurses and Midwives from all over the country. Jinu was excited to meet colleagues from across the UK and was honoured to be representing Sheffield Children’s. She said: “It’s not every day that you get such an invitation to Buckingham Palace, I couldn’t believe it! It was an honour to represent Sheffield Children’s at the event and being able to share this experience with international nursing colleagues from different regions made it even more special.”

As a Mental Health Psychiatric Nurse, Jinu works alongside her team at Emerald Lodge to support children and young people aged 8-13 with a range of mental health conditions. Having been at Sheffield Children’s for just one year, Jinu helps these children and young people to return to their communities. Jinu said: “I get to work with them and help them to assimilate back into their communities. After working with our children and young people for a little bit of time, we begin to see their progress and they start interacting with us and sharing their difficulties. It is quite rewarding to see them go back home at the end of their treatment after having overcome their fears and struggles.”

After arriving at Buckingham Palace, Jinu was given the chance to introduce herself to King Charles III, with his Royal Highness taking a keen interest in the work that Jinu and her team have been doing at Sheffield Children’s. King Charles III was especially grateful for the sacrifices made by International Nurses and Midwives across the country. Jinu said: “After introducing myself, I received a handshake from King Charles III. I’m originally from India, and His Majesty appreciated that many international nurses had chosen to leave their families and home countries in order to serve the NHS. He thanked us for our service and was very gracious.”

Yvonne Millard MBE, Chief Nurse at Sheffield Children’s, said: “We’re so proud of our diverse international nursing community at Sheffield Children’s. We feel very fortunate that nurses from all over the world come to us and make crucial contributions to the delivery of excellent healthcare to our patients and families. For them to be recognised as part of these royal birthday celebrations is very special, and we’re really happy that Jinu was able to experience this event.”

Jinu was very grateful for the opportunity to visit Buckingham Palace. She said: “Everybody was very emotional. My family and friends were over the moon. I have only been at Sheffield Children’s for one year, so I’m excited to see what happens over the next 12 months!”

We’d like to thank Jinu for sharing her story with us and can’t wait to see what the next year brings.

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