Taurai Matare was named RCN Nurse of the Year 2019 for transforming her unit’s care pathways and workforce.

The ‘one in a million’ matron, who specialised in ophthalmology almost by accident, has developed her unit at Whipps Cross University Hospital in London into a one-stop shop for eye patients, offering gold standard care provided by a highly skilled nursing workforce.

Ms Matare’s passion for patient care, innovative ideas for transforming the patient experience, determination to overcome obstacles, and dogged insistence that her trust put her department on its priority list saw her crowned RCN Nurse of the Year 2019.

Ms Matare, also known as Tara, was chosen as our overall winner after taking out the Leadership category, which is supported by RCNi journal Nursing Management.