The Worcestershire Integrated Sexual Health (WISH) Outreach Team at Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust have been named as finalists in the Worcestershire Health and Social Care Awards.
The team work with vulnerable and hard to reach people across Worcestershire and support them to access sexual health care.
They have been shortlisted in the Health Care Team Award category in this year’s awards for their commitment to working together to deliver improved patient care.
Comprising of sexual health nurses, community support workers and administrators the team support complex patients who would otherwise struggle to access sexual health services.
This includes people experiencing homelessness, young people at risk of child exploitation, adults with learning disabilities and women post birth.
Earlier this year they launched Shoutreach, a WhatsApp messaging service for young people aged 21 and under in Worcestershire who are struggling to access mainstream services.
Jackie Griffin, Worcestershire Integrated Sexual Health Outreach Team Lead and Safeguarding Lead said: “We are humbled and so pleased. It is amazing to be recognised and highlights the hard work and commitment of a very special team who are dedicated to provide a service for vulnerable people. The nomination is also for our patients who we are proud and privileged to work with and be part of their journey. Every day we make a difference to people who are unable to access mainstream services supporting and empowering them.
“Our Sexual Health Outreach Team never lose their sparkle. Always changing ways of working to help patients. Often asking the unthinkable to make things better and never giving up on improving services for our communities.
“Congratulations to all the fantastic finalists and good luck!”
The awards are set to take place today, Thursday 14th September at The Abbey Hotel in Great Malvern where the winners will be announced.
To find out more about the service, please visit the Sexual Health Outreach webpage.