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West Herts safeguarding team wins NHS Parliamentary Award!

Posted: 10 July 2019

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Congratulations to the safeguarding team at West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust (WHHT) who are winners of a 2019 NHS Parliamentary Award. As East of England regional winners, the safeguarding team went through to the national awards in the Health Equalities category. The winners were announced in the House of Commons on Wednesday 10 July.

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."

The trust would also like to congratulate the Carer Support Team at West Herts who were East of England regional winners for the Volunteer of the Year Award. They were nominated by MP for Watford Richard Harrington for the excellent and innovative service they provide to anxious families facing the challenges of having a sick child in hospital. The invaluable work of the team enables NHS staff to concentrate on what they do best - making patients better.

Launched in March, the NHS Parliamentary Awards called on MPs to find and nominate those individuals or teams they thought had made the biggest improvements to health and care services in their constituencies across 10 categories.

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  1. For more information, please contact the communications team on: 01923 436280 or email: communications@whht.nhs.uk. For out of hours media enquiries please call the Watford General Hospital switchboard on 01923 244366 and ask for the on call communications manager.
  2. West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust serves people from across Hertfordshire, north London and further afield. It operates from three hospitals; Watford General, St Albans City and Hemel Hempstead. The trust has a catchment area of over 500,000 people and is one of the largest employers locally, with around 5,000 staff and volunteers.
  3. For more information about our hospitals, visit www.westhertshospitals.nhs.uk. You can also join our followers on Twitter (twitter.com/westhertsNHS) and find us on Facebook (facebook.com/westhertsNHS).