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Doreen Black - A Nurse...A Leader...An Inspiration

Doreen Black is currently the Matron for Oncology and Haematology in the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust (RWT).


She is determined, loyal and conscientious who continually strives to improve patient care through developing staff and services. She excels at taking on challenges in departments and making subsequent improvements through inspiring the team to embrace change. She has continuously developed and nurtured the staff she has managed with many of them going onto senior roles in the Trust


 She gained her RGN qualifications in 1990, completed her Honours Degree in Health Studies in 1999 and Masters in Business Administration in 2004. In 1995, Doreen joined RWT as a Senior Staff Nurse in Gastroenterology, becoming the Ward Manager 2001, helping to restructure and redesign the ward into an area of excellence. Doreen was part of the team who initiated the development of a nurse-led service in Gastroenterology which won a national award for management of long term conditions. The ward remains one the best performing wards in the Trust with a strong and dedicated team of nurses from all ethnic backgrounds. Doreen became a Matron in 2015 and has recently moved to support the Oncology and Haematology directorate. Doreen has supported the Trust in international recruitment, recognising the need to embrace new ideas. She is passionate about supporting overseas nurses in the UK to help them settle and feel confident in a different working environment. Doreen believes that happy and motivated staff deliver high levels of patient care.


Doreen is not afraid of a challenge, viewing it as an opportunity to excel and make a difference. This was demonstrated when she led a work stream in the Trusts ‘Creating Best Practice’ program to develop the information available for general registered nurses looking after patients with mental health needs. There were many barriers to overcome and necessitated working with the Mental Health Trust. The Trust now has a dedicated webpage with links to all the information you may require. Patient safety is paramount for Doreen and if a risk assessment is required then Doreen is often the first to be considered and subsequently undertake the task to an optimal level. Doreen was also an pivotal member of the 2016 & 2017 flu campaigns having vaccinated members of staff, encouraging many more and was an active member of the Trust steer group ensuring this project was a success.


Doreen was elected as a Shadow Staff Governor for Nursing and Midwifery and represented the interests of members and partner organisations in the local health economy. She was pivotal in shaping the future strategy of the organisation and provided leadership advice. Doreen has recently taken on the role of cultural ambassadors for the organisation to ensure that equality at work is maintained at all times for black and ethnic minority staff.


This nomination is submitted as recognition of how her leadership has inspired so many nurses to be the best that they could ever be regardless of their ethnicity or demographics.

edited on Apr 13, 2018 by Maria Tan

Lasandra Thompson Apr 12, 2018

So agree with this nomination as she as inspire me to be the best I can all the time not just for me but my patients. Doreen push you in the right direction as she always see the potential in you before you do. Doreen you are an inspiration a role model and a very good matron. You takes pride in your wogk and in others. Patient care always comes first for you. You always stand up gor your staff and supported them when they need it. For every bridge that build you for a foundation therefore I am saying you are a rock and a good foundation for any nurse who wants the best they can be as a nurse. Love who you are as a person.

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Thanks for your comment Lasandra. Remember to log back in when the support stage starts on the 27th April to give this nomination a thumbs up! Spread the word also and get your colleagues to support on the 27th of submit their own nomination.

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Deborah Edwards Apr 30, 2018

This nomination is very deserved. I became the Band 7 of a team in 2015. The team needed modernisation and in real need of support to feel valued and needed. I also needed support in achieving this for the team and the Trust. Doreen really helped us all to achieve this. She supported us in developing the team, taking on new roles to improve the service and patient care. She is a wonderful role model, always approachable, understanding, kind and caring. She carries an air of authority that is respected by myself and the team. Without her support and determination to help us be bigger and better we would not be the team we are today. I am proud to have worked for her.

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ian perry Apr 30, 2018

Doreen is a superb leader who puts patient care first and foremost. As she has been promoted she has left a cadre of well trained staff behind here who have been empowered by her leadership.
One of the best leaders I have ever met.

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Carolyn Musgrave Apr 30, 2018

Doreen Black has been my Matron over the last 5 years. I have voted for her as she has encouraged me to believe in my abilities and gently challenged me to push myself to achieve more. I would never have believed I had the ability to write an article to be published or have my service entered for an award. She also has very high standards and supports us all to reach them with a smile on her face. She is honestly the best manager I have had throughout my career (and I'm 54!!!!)

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Rose Baker May 1, 2018

Doreen is the ultimate professional nurse, she is passionate, caring and courageous. She always embraces challenge, nothing is too much trouble. She is an excellent role model both for nurses and women in management and leadership roles. She juggles her work and home life perfectly. Always being there for the people that need her. She is truly inspirational

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Rebecca Wilson May 1, 2018

Doreen has worked along side me as a fellow Band 7 and then as our supporting Matron. She believes in what could be deemed old fashioned standards like manners, appearance, professional conduct. Our working lives are so busy and it is so easy to let these standards falter. Doreen maintains courage in her convictions and I believe truly cares, not just for our Patients but the Teams that look after them too. It is with admiration that I support this nomination. Good luck Matron Black.

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Clair Hobbs May 2, 2018

Doreen is the epitome of a nurse. She really is truly inspirational. A courageous leader, always patient focused and will not lower her standards for anyone. She has and remains an absolute pleasure to work with and we are lucky that she is so dedicated to her profession and the Trust she works in. She would never allow her integrity to be compromised and given how wonderful she is; she remains honest and humble and true to her profession. Such a deserved nomination.

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Sundeep Chahal May 2, 2018

I have worked with Matron Black since 2010 when I was just a student who was about to qualify, she welcomed me on to her ward and set an example of what a nurse should be, passionate, safe, caring, empathizing, and a beacon for recognising and maintaing outstanding standards that would be fit for the care of one of my relatives or myself. She has been an exceptional mentor and role model who I will always look up to, a strong and passionate individual. I have always wanted to strive to my best potential and she has encouraged and supported me throughout my Nursing Journey. I believe and know that there is no one else more deserving for this recognition. Because of her I have evolved from a Student to a Band 5 nurse, to a Charge Nurse and a specialist nurse, I appreciate all that she has done for me and our Ward.

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LDillon May 2, 2018

Doreen is an inspirational individual - as a nurse and as a leader. I have learnt a great deal from Doreen and have adapted the qualities and values she holds within my own role. She empowers others to provide the best possible care for their patients and empowers nurses and individuals to be the best version of themselves. She is supportive and has a passion for patient safety and quality but also a passion for her staff/team. Well deserved!

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Helen Ashwood May 2, 2018

Definately agree with this nomination Doreen is a very supportive matron

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Diane Barrett May 2, 2018

Having known Doreen as a Student nurse, newly qualified staff nurse and later re-meeting her as a Matron she has never changed in her work ethic, professionalism and in her ability to bring fun into the workplace.
She has always been a joy to work with and for.

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Jodie O'Hagan May 2, 2018

Doreen is a fantastic role model and a great asset to the trust. Doreen has fantastic leadership skills and high standards which ensures that patients receive the highest quality standard of care. Doreen is a role model to many nurses as she has achieved so much through hard work and dedication. I believe that she really deserves the recognition.

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Merle Douglas May 2, 2018

Doreen is an exceptional Matron. she is so calm collective and is not afraid of any challenges that come her way. I feel highly honoured to have been given exceptional guidance in preparing me in my current role. I have never considered myself as a leader but Doreen has given me the insight to believe in myself, especially during tough times.
she truly deserves this accolade for allowing me personally to develop and really understand the achievements that have occurred within the rheumatology speciality.

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Sebastian Smith - Cox May 2, 2018

I agree with this nomination. For several years she has been a stand out example of compassionate leadership often missing within our noble institution. Her innovative works and positive outlook have inspired many like myself to pursue a career within the NHS, with her reputation for putting patient care at the centre of her services only surpassed by her record for empowering then developing those around her.

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William Stephens May 7, 2018

Doreen Black would be a worthy person for this Leadership accolade. I have known Doreen for well over thirty years in both her personal and professional life. She is a sincere, solid and steadfast person. In fact, when I think of Doreen, the words that comes to mind are: 'down to earth, plain and decent'.
And if there were a 'Team' of people or words which Doreen's Servant Leadership approach and style engender, then the following eleven words would be true of Doreen Black and her Team viz
Unambiguous, Unassuming, Unbowed, Uncomplicated, Undaunted, Understanding, Understated, Undeterred, Unflappable, Unsung, Unswerving.
For Doreen, 'NHS' means: Nourishing, Healing, Serving...the Nation!

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Sonia Patterson May 7, 2018

It is with great pleasure to nominate Doreen Black for consideration for the BME Inspirational Leader Award. Doreen has always continued to demonstrate her leadership skills by always inspires her fellow colleagues and friends to achieving the best of their ability and beyond regardless of their ethnicity and background. Doreen is an excellent role for her colleagues, friends and the younger generation and her ambitions, intelligence, helpfulness and accomplishments complement precisely a well deserved nominee for this award.

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Marcia Cunnison May 7, 2018

I would have no reservations in nominating Doreen Black for this award. Doreen has always prided herself in delivering a standard that is exemplary. Bringing an air of professionalism in everything that she commits herself to. The dedication to her job is second to one, paving the way for black professionals, showing that anything is possible. She has been a true inspiration to her colleagues and friends alike.

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Marcia Cunnison May 7, 2018

I am pleased to have the opportunity to nominate Doreen Black for this award. Doreen faces challenges head on and is tireless in her focus on creating an environment that is safe, supportive and conveys quality. When she is involved you have a confidence that aims will be achieved, you will learn something and everyone involved will feel that she have given you her undivided attention throughout. It has been a priviledge to know her for over 20 years and admire her commitment and diligence as a mother a daughter a sister and a friend. Who treasures each role equally.

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elva mcbean May 8, 2018

I have known Matron Black for all of my nursing career from student nurse to Band 7 and she has always been inspirational to me . She has always encouraged me aim high and the staff to strive to do our best at all times. She is an excellent role model and an phenomenal leader who has helped pioneer some of the National/ Trust Award Winning Initiatives ie Nursing Led Paracentesis Unit and Creating Best Practice. Patient safety is at the heart of all Doreen accomplishments and this is alway delivered with care and compassion .She would be a worthy and deserving winner for all her years of dedication to the NHS and New Cross Hospital .

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(Account removed) May 18, 2018

This idea has been moved back to the previous phase

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(Account removed) May 18, 2018

This idea has been advanced to the current phase

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