West Herts safeguarding team wins NHS Parliamentary Award!

A local NHS team nominated by Richard Harrington MP has won an award recognising the excellent service that they provide to patients in West Hertfordshire.

Richard Harrington MP said “Congratulations to the West Herts Hospitals NHS Trust Safeguarding team who are winners of the 2019 NHS Parliamentary Award in the Health Equalities category.

I would also like to congratulate the Carers Support Team who were East of England regional winners for the Volunteer of the Year Award. It was a pleasure to nominate them for the excellent service they provide to families of sick children.”

Tracey Carter, chief nurse at West Herts, said: "This is a real honour to be recognised for the work we carry out in the NHS in west Hertfordshire and an amazing achievement which recognises the hard work and dedication of the safeguarding team.

The team work in partnership with Hertfordshire police to provide invaluable healthcare and safeguarding care for potential victims of trafficking."

Michelle Mulvaney, lead nurse for safeguarding at West Herts, said: "I am very proud that the West Herts safeguarding team has been recognised with this prestigious award.This gives us a great opportunity to talk about this vital partnership work protecting potential victims of human trafficking and slavery. The team have worked with a very vulnerable, hard to reach group of women who require healthcare, protection and safeguarding. It is vital that this work continues to ensure potential victims are given access to healthcare and support which is often not readily available to them."

MPs were asked earlier this year to nominate teams or individuals they believed had made the biggest improvements to health services in their constituencies across ten categories.