Nursing Times award in sight for Teenage Pregnancy project.

Janet Oxley, Specialist Nurse at Barnsley Integrated Sexual Health, has been shortlisted in the ‘Nursing in the Community’ category for her work on the ‘The Teenage Pregnancy Pathway’ (TPP)

TPP is a multi-agency initiative developed by Janet to reduce the number of pregnant teenagers who go on to have subsequent pregnancies. The project combines contraception support with referrals from local authorities, social services and charities to support vulnerable young girls throughout their pregnancies.

Janet builds a relationship with all of her patients and ensures an appointment is made after the birth for contraception to be administered. To date, 77% of those who have delivered are now using contraception, preventing a second pregnancy.

Janet explains,

‘I’m so excited to be shortlisted for this award. There are so many dedicated people involved in the Teenage Pregnancy Pathway, and it’s all about helping the young teenage mums make choices for their future contraception.

“By offering a supportive infrastructure within Barnsley, teenagers have come forward not only to discuss pregnancy but other sexual health issues. Working with partners has helped to encourage a culture of openness and continues to challenge the stigma many young girls feel.”

In Septetber 2018 Janet will travel to London and present the Teenage Pregnancy Pathway to a panel of Nursing Times judges. The award ceremony will be held on Wednesday 31 October 2018.

To view all shortlisted entries, visit https://awards.nursingtimes.net/shortlist-2018