Ipswich nurse invited to 10 Downing Street to celebrate the NHS

Published:
13:57 July 15, 2022



A ‘compassionate and kind’ nurse from Ipswich has been invited to 10 Downing Street because of her work to improve the experience of people in mental health care.

Priscilla Nzounhenda, matron of the psychiatric intensive care unit at Lark Ward, Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) in Ipswich, was invited to a garden party on July 4 to celebrate 74 years of the health service.

Priscilla chatted with Prime Minister Boris Johnson and former Health Secretary Sajid Javid.

She said: “It was surreal, standing in the doorway of No 10 where the world leaders were standing and then walking into the hallway I thought I was dreaming.




Priscilla Nzounhenda, NSFT matron, outside 10 Downing Street.
– Credit: NSFT

“When the invitation came from number 10, I was really moved. I feel so grateful and really humbled to have been chosen.”

She was nominated by Lisa Nobes, Director of Nursing at the Suffolk and North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group, and NSFT Chief Nursing Officer Diane Hull.

Diane said: “Priscilla is compassionate, thoughtful, kind and clinically believable.


Amanda Pritchard, Chief Executive of NHS England, with NSFT matron Priscilla Nzounhenda at 10 Downing Street.

Amanda Pritchard, Chief Executive of NHS England, with NSFT matron Priscilla Nzounhenda at 10 Downing Street.
– Credit: Timothy Hammond

“Her enthusiasm is contagious and her ability to enthuse and inspire is renowned. She is a very special person and a wonderful nurse.”

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