Team helping teenage mums picks up prize at Best of Health Awards

Editor of The News 'Mark Waldron with Mia Wren from the Family Nurse Partnership. Picture: Mick Young
Editor of The News 'Mark Waldron with Mia Wren from the Family Nurse Partnership. Picture: Mick Young
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BEING a teenage mum can be a daunting challenge, but one group is there to give advice and support.

The Family Nurse Partnership, run by Solent NHS Trust, won the Community Team/Worker of the Year category, and was nominated by its manager Mia Wren, who was there to pick up the award on their behalf.

She said: ‘I’m thrilled and delighted the team won.

‘They are an amazing team and a committed bunch of nurses who feel passionate about teenagers and their babies.

‘It’s a tough job because you’re working with young, vulnerable girls who are pregnant and work with them through their pregnancy until their baby is two.

‘Often these girls are very vulnerable and you try and change the outcomes for the child and the mum.’

This year’s Best of Health Awards was held at the Portsmouth Guildhall.

Nominating the FNP, Mia wrote: ‘Mothers enrol in the programme early in their pregnancy and receive visits from a family nurse on a weekly basis just before and after the birth of their child until their child’s second birthday.

‘During these visits, mothers learn about their child’s health and development and receive support for their own wellbeing.

‘FNP has established evidence of providing long-term benefits for young mothers and their children, including improved children’s school readiness and a greater likelihood of mothers finding work and completing their education.

‘The nurses in the Portsmouth FNP team have shown great compassion, care and dedication for this extremely young and vulnerable client group.

‘They worked tirelessly to bring about lifelong changes for these girls aged between 13 and 19 and their babies.

‘They have developed trusting, honest and respectful relationships with these girls who are often homeless, not in education or employment.

‘The nurses are creative in the way they engage with the teenagers and as their manager I know the many hours of unpaid time that the nurses selflessly give these teenagers. They truly are unsung heroes.’

Runner-up in the category was the outpatients nurse team in Gosport War Memorial Hospital.

To find out more about the awards and how to nominate for the next awards, email priya.mistry@thenews.co.uk.

Radiotherapy team take team honour

THERE was huge excitement when this team was picked as winners at this year’s Best of Health Awards.

Radiotherapists at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham took the prize for Hospital Team of the Year.

The category, sponsored by Lalys Pharmacy, was presented by Dr Richard Hughes, a much-loved retired Portsmouth GP.

Tony Palmer, head of radiotherapy, said: ‘We’re in the deepest, darkest office, in QA, with no windows, so we are often forgotten about. So to be nominated and then win an award is brilliant. The team is truly fantastic.’

They were nominated by patient Pamela Hughes.

In her nomination, she said: ‘All the professionals working in this department are an excellent bunch who work so hard to make sure cancer patients receive the right doses and treatment plans, prepare radiotherapy machines and make sure they are operating around the clock.

‘They carry out research and are extremely dedicated. The team has never received a formal thank you and acknowledgment, this would make their day and be such a surprise.’

Runner-up in this category was the urology team.