Thomasian Alumna May Parsons was named one of the Health Service Journal’s Top 50 Most Influential BAME leaders in Health.
Parsons is one of the BAME individuals who significantly helped improve care for patients and impacted the future of healthcare in the United Kingdom.
The term BAME, which stands for Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic, is used to refer to all ethnic groups that are not white ethnic groups. It has nothing to do with one’s nationality or affiliation.
George Cross awardee May Parsons gave the world's first dose of the Covid-19 vaccination to Maggie Keenan in 2020.
Parsons obtained her nursing degree from the University in 2000 and worked at the UST Hospital until 2003. The same year, she began working at the University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire National Health Service (NHS) Trust.
The UK-based Thomasian Alumna nurse received a Certificate of Commendation from the UST Vice-Rector during her courtesy call to the University in 2022.
In a press conference held the same day, she shared her experiences while studying UST and serving on the front lines during the pandemic. Parsons also suggested that the government should ensure that nurses are paid enough to keep them working in the Philippines during her talk.