RMC’s work on supporting the Prevention of Violence Against Women and Girls is finalist in awards.
Wolverhampton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Wolverhampton Domestic Violence Forum and Wolverhampton Refugee & Migrant Centre were a finalist for the 2020 HSJ Patient Safety Awards 2020
Wolverhampton CCG, Wolverhampton Domestic Violence Forum and Wolverhampton Refugee and Migrant Centre were finalists in the work for Empowerment of Hard to Reach Communities in the Prevention of Violence Against Women and Girls at this year’s HSJ Patient Safety Awards, recognising their outstanding contribution to healthcare.
Wolverhampton CCG, Wolverhampton Domestic Violence Forum and Wolverhampton Refugee and Migrant Centre were shortlisted despite the tough competition from hundreds of applicants. They have been selected based on their ambition, visionary spirit and the demonstrable positive impact that they/their project has/have had on patient and staff experiences within the health and/or social care sector.
This project was a response to a perceived unaddressed need for women and men from new arrival and more established BAME communities in Wolverhampton to become more aware of violence against women and girls (VAWG), to know how to report, to have more confidence in reporting and to know who to report to, to reduce occurrence of VAWG activities and to provide support for victims.
The project was made possible by the partnership working of funders NHS England (Safeguarding), Wolverhampton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Wolverhampton Domestic Violence Forum and the Refugee and Migrant Centre Wolverhampton and Black Country. Between them the partners were able to provide: funding, curriculum, facilitation, coordination and access to participants.
The project evaluation heard stories first-hand from individuals with direct experience of violence and provided an understanding that these same individuals have, sometimes as a direct consequence, also been compelled to claim asylum in a foreign country, and that despite all those adverse experiences are grateful that they participated in this project and were motivated to move on and help others.
“We are delighted to have been shortlisted for Empowerment of Hard to Reach Communities in the Prevention of Violence Against Women and Girls, recognising the collaborative efforts and dedication of our staff members for over 12 months to successfully implement and evaluate this project. We are committed to delivering improved outcomes for our patients, and to be chosen among the other incredible nominees is a wonderful achievement. This nomination has been a tremendous boost to staff at Wolverhampton CCG and those of our partners for this project at Wolverhampton Domestic Violence Forum and Wolverhampton Refugee and Migrant Centre. I am sure it will bolster our continued efforts to improve our services.”Sally Roberts, Chief Nursing Officer, Deputy Chief Officer, Black Country and West Birmingham CCGs