Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust and its partners have been successfully shortlisted for a prestigious national award that celebrates organisations which have innovated, impressed and made a real difference to how the NHS provides care for patients.
Lancashire Care’s Hate Crime Strategy Leadership Team, which is based at Guild Lodge in Preston, and their partners, including Lancashire Constabulary, have been shortlisted in the “Wellbeing at Work” category at this year’s NHS Parliamentary Awards.
The partnership has been shortlisted in recognition for taking a firm stance against hate crime and the support they provide to staff who fall victims of hate related incidents.
Over the past 12 months, the team has been working hard to engage with staff by holding a number of listening events for people to share their experiences, discuss what they wanted to improve after an incident experience and what the appropriate outcomes should be for both victims and perpetrators.
Following the events, the Trust established a joint procedure with Lancashire Constabulary which mirrors the government’s four-year action plan (Action Against Hate 2016) and incorporates five key elements.
So far, the key improvements following the implementation of the Hate Crime Strategy include consistent reporting of incidents, processes for supporting victims, work-based trauma support, perpetrator support, developing intelligence and ongoing collaborative working with police.
Tackling Hate Crime is also a key priority within Lancashire Care’s Recruitment and Retention Plan and Safeguarding Vision 2019-2022. Following its success, the Trust has shared this strategy with other local NHS Trusts.
James Harper, Mental Health Care Group Manager at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, said:
“We are absolutely delighted to have been shortlisted for the NHS Parliamentary Awards 2019 and to have been recognised nationally for this initiative. Reducing hate crime and providing the best support to staff who are involved in hate related incidents is a key priority for the Trust and we have been working extremely hard to ensure that our staff feel as though they can speak up and listened to.
“We are really proud of how far the Hate Crime Strategy has come, and we look forward to this piece of work being rolled out across Trust, so that we can ensure that we support our staff as best as we can.”
PC Ashley Gibson, Community Cohesion Unit, Lancashire Constabulary
“This achievement shows the importance of working together in a multi agency approach to tackle hate crime. Hate crime is an issue which can affect all areas of life and we are pleased that our hard work over the last 12 months has been recognised. Working in collaboration with partners, enables victims to have the confidence to not only report crime, but ensures that we are also able to provide better support and outcomes for victims of hate crime.”
Ben Wallace MP for Wyre and Preston North said:
“I am delighted that the Hate Crime Strategy for Secure Services at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust has been shortlisted for the Wellbeing at Work Award category in the NHS Parliamentary Awards 2019. I am even more pleased to learn that the team has also won the Regional Champions Award in the same category.”
The winners will be announced at the NHS Parliamentary Awards at the House of Commons on 10 July 2019. For more information about Guild Lodge please visit www.lancashirecare.nhs.uk/guild-lodge or for more information about the awards visit www.england.nhs.uk/nhs-parliamentary-awards/.