The International Community Nurse of the Year Award celebrates the contribution of international nurses and recognises one outstanding nurse who has been working in England as a registered nurse for the last 1-5 years.

Criteria for Award Nominees

  • Registered nurse (NMC)
  • Trained and registered as a nurse outside of the United Kingdom, Channel Islands and the Isle of Man
  • Resident in England and working as a Registered Nurse for a minimum of one year and less than six years
  • Working in any community setting – including a community hospital, general practice and adult social care/care home
  • Been in post for a minimum of one year and in a substantive position (either part-time or full-time)

Evidence of Success

  • Shows evidence of commitment to community nursing (e.g. education and learning, continuing professional development)
  • Demonstrates excellent patient care at all times (e.g. patient and/or peer feedback to employer/manager)
  • Contributes to a service improvement benefiting patients, carers and/or staff
  • Demonstrates professional integrity, acts as a role model and supports other team members.

How to Nominate Someone

Nominations for 2024 will open in the second half of the year. 

Previous Award Winners

  • 2023 – Noor Ul Haq

International nurse is being presented with an award certificate

Noor Ul Haq joined Leeds Community Healthcare Trust in 2021 after working in a care home when he first arrived in the UK. Since joining the trust, Noor has worked as a trainer with nurses, clinical support workers, and nursing associates in the integrated Neighbourhood teams. In early 2023, Noor left that position to join the Clinical Education team and take on the role of Pastoral Support Officer. He works closely with the International Nursing Steering group to coordinate the cohorts of new Internationally Educated Nurses, working with them to ensure they feel settled and welcome in their new teams. Noor has first-hand experience of what it is like to arrive in a different country, settle his family, adjust to a new healthcare system but also how to utilise all the skills he has developed in his previous working life. Noor contextualises healthcare in the community with the different experiences our nurses bring with them from other countries.

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