Mebrak Ghebrehiwet, a nurse in the BEH Eating Disorders Service, wins the top prize in the Health Hero Awards
Date: 22 October 2021
Mebrak, who qualified as a nurse just four years ago, was congratulated by the Prime Minister for her 'heroic' work in transforming care for patients with eating disorders.
She was nominated by Daily Mail readers for her efforts to help patients during the pandemic. Mebrak, who works in Iris Ward, Blossom Court at St Ann’s Hospital, said she was “overwhelmed” to win the top prize and hoped it would shine a spotlight on the efforts of all staff working in mental health wards.
Mebrak said: “I am originally from Eritrea and arrived in the UK at the age of 14. I felt extremely alone and I am aware of what it's like to feel an outcast or to think that nobody understands you.
“There were times where I really struggled and those years made me aware of mental health issues which is why I wanted to work in this area.”
Mebrak was nominated for her work in devising ways of minimising the use of restraint on patients who were not eating. Her thoughtful initiatives, such as printing off menus in advance to help reduce patients' anxiety around food, has contributed to a significant reduction in the use of restraint on the ward.
Many patients and their families singled out Mebrak for her acts of compassion, which included spending her own money to buy them books or soft toys.
Steve Cook, Managing Director of Specialist Services said: “We are all really proud of Mebrak and delighted to see a mental health nurse recognised with this prestigious award!”
Mebrak, who qualified as a nurse just four years ago, was congratulated by the Prime Minister for her 'heroic' work in transforming care for patients with eating disorders. She was nominated by Daily Mail readers for her efforts to help patients during the pandemic.