Wakefield sexual health project shortlisted for two awards

A project by Spectrum which is dedicated to the sexual health and wellbeing of commercial sex workers has been shortlisted for a HSJ Patient Safety Award and a RCNi Nurse Award.

Led by Elaine Gallagher, Spectrum’s Outreach Coordinator, the project builds trusting relationships with sex workers to deliver services such as STI testing, health promotion, pregnancy testing and contraception advice – whilst helping to identify and safeguard women at risk of abuse or harm.

As well as a finalist in the HSJ category for ‘Patient Safety in the Community’, Elaine’s leadership has been individually recognised for the RCNi ‘Healthcare Assistant Award’ which congratulates her personal dedication to the project.

Elaine said “It’s very exciting to be shortlisted for these awards and I’m so happy that the service we provide for local sex workers has been recognised.

“Sex workers are a hard-to-reach and vulnerable client group who face greater risks to their safety than many people in the general population. Many of my patients do not visit mainstream sexual health services due to fear of facing stigma, lack of trust in authorities and other health issues. The work we do out in the community ensures that they are safe.”

In May, Elaine will present the project to a panel of RCNi Judges before presenting again a week later to the HSJ judges. Winners will be announced at award ceremonies later this year.

To view all shortlisted entries visit:

HSJ Patient Safety Awards: https://awards.patientsafetycongress.co.uk/psa19shortlist

RNCi Awards: https://rcni.com/nurse-awards/finalists-category