Maggie Galbarczyk, was praised for her knowledge, skill, sparkle and drive, and for not being held back by her blindness at the awards ceremony held in London.
Presenting the award, HSJ editor Alastair McLellan told the audience: “We wanted to do our bit to combat this tide of negativity towards NHS staff from EU countries; to celebrate their role in the service.”
He added: “The NHS has always relied on people from around the world to help it deliver for its patients and even accounting for planned welcome increases in home grown staff, it always will.”
The HSJ EU Staff Award, sponsored by NHS Employers, was launched in the wake of the referendum on 23 June to recognise the contribution that workers from around the European Union make to the NHS.
For more on the EU Award visit the HSJ website.