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The ADViSE (Assessing for Domestic Violence in Sexual Health Environments) Programme, an initiative led by IRISi, has been nominated for the prestigious NHS Parliamentary Awards in the Health Equality category. This nomination underscores the programme’s remarkable efforts in addressing domestic abuse and sexual violence within sexual health settings, contributing significantly to reducing health inequalities and ensuring equitable access to healthcare services.

The NHS Parliamentary Awards recognise outstanding contributions to healthcare provision across various categories, each highlighting excellence and innovation in different areas of healthcare delivery. Charlotte Chappell, Head of Programmes at ADViSE, expressed the significance of this nomination, stating, “Being nominated for the Health Equalities Award is a testament to the dedication of our team and our partners and the impact of our work in addressing health disparities”.

The categories for the 2024 awards include:

  • The Excellence in Healthcare Award
  • The Excellence in Mental Health Care Award
  • The Future NHS Award
  • The Nursing and Midwifery Award
  • The Health Equalities Award
  • The Excellence in Primary Care and Community Care Award
  • The Excellence in Urgent and Emergency Care Award
  • The Excellence in Education and Training Award (new for 2024)
  • The Volunteer Award
  • The Lifetime Achievement Award

The Health Equalities category specifically focuses on initiatives or individuals who have made significant strides in reducing health inequalities and preventing ill health within their communities. This encompasses efforts to address disparities in healthcare access and outcomes among different demographic groups, including ethnic minorities, individuals living in deprived areas, LGBTQ+ individuals, women, and people with disabilities.

ADViSE’s nomination in this category reflects its commitment to bridging gaps in healthcare provision and supporting vulnerable populations. By integrating specialised training and support for clinicians, ADViSE empowers healthcare professionals to identify signs of abuse, respond effectively to disclosures, and facilitate access to essential support for survivors, regardless of their sex or gender identity.

The programme’s innovative approach has garnered attention for its ability to improve existing healthcare practices while prioritising inclusivity and accessibility. Through partnerships with local clinics and specialist domestic abuse services, ADViSE has been instrumental in reaching marginalised communities and ensuring that individuals from diverse backgrounds receive the support they need.

As nominations for the NHS Parliamentary Awards are evaluated, the ADViSE Programme stands out as a beacon of progress in the healthcare landscape, embodying the NHS’s core values of inclusivity, compassion and excellence in care delivery. If successful, the programme’s recognition in the Health Equalities category will serve as a testament to its impactful contributions to promoting health equity and improving outcomes for vulnerable populations.

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AVA
AVA
AVA

AVA is an expert, groundbreaking and independent charity working across the UK.

Their vision is a world without gender based violence and abuse. They aim to  inspire innovation and collaboration and encourage and enable direct service providers to help end gender based violence and abuse particularly against women and girls.AVA’s work is focused around those areas where they can make the best contribution to ending violence and abuse. They do this by making sure that survivors get the help and support they need in the here and now, through providing innovative training that has a proven direct impact on the professional practice of people supporting survivors of violence and abuse

developing a range of toolkits, e-learning and other material that supports professionals to provide effective and appropriate support to survivors of violence and abuse

using our influence and networks to ensure survivors voices are heard. We work closely with AVA in many areas including the Pathfinder project

https://avaproject.org.uk

SafeLives
SafeLives
SafeLives

SafeLives are a national charity dedicated to ending domestic abuse, for good. We combine insight from services, survivors and statistics to support people to become safe, well and rebuild their lives. Since 2005, SafeLives has worked with organisations across the country to transform the response to domestic abuse, with over 60,000 victims at highest risk of murder or serious harm now receiving co-ordinated support annually. SafeLives are members of the Pathfinder consortium.

http://www.safelives.org.uk/about-us

IMKAAN
IMKAAN
IMKAAN

Imkaan is a UK-based, Black feminist organisation. We are the only national second-tier women’s organisation dedicated to addressing violence against Black and minoritised women and girls i.e. women and girls which are defined in policy terms as Black and ‘Minority Ethnic’ (BME). The organisation holds nearly two decades of experience of working around issues such as domestic violence, forced marriage and ‘honour-based’ violence.

They work at local, national and international level, and in partnership with a range of organisations, to improve policy and practice responses to Black and minoritised women and girls. Imkaan works with it’s members to represent the expertise and perspectives of frontline, specialist and dedicated Black and minoritised women’s organisations that work to prevent and respond to violence against women and girls. Imkaan delivers a unique package of support which includes: quality assurance; accredited training and peer education; sustainability support to frontline Black and minoritised organisations; and facilitation of space for community engagement and development. They are a part of the Pathfinder Consortium.

https://www.imkaan.org.uk

The University of Bristol CAPC
The University of Bristol CAPC
The University of Bristol CAPC

The Centre for Academic Primary Care (CAPC) is a leading centre for primary care research in the UK, one of nine forming the NIHR School for Primary Care Research.  It is part of Bristol Medical School, an internationally recognised centre of excellence for population health research and teaching.

A dedicated team of researchers at the Centre work on domestic abuse projects and IRISi is a co-collaborator and partner on some of these projects including ReProvide, HERA and DRiDVA.

The Health Foundation
The Health Foundation
The Health Foundation

The Health Foundation is an independent charity committed to bringing about better health and health care for people in the UK. The Health Foundation’s Exploring Social Franchising programme aims to generate a deeper understanding of the potential of social franchising models for scaling effective health and social care interventions within the NHS.

We are one of four project teams participating in the programme to develop a social franchise to enable the sustainable spread of our intervention, the IRIS Programme. We receive funding and support from the Health Foundation, including technical expertise on social franchising, and attend programme learning events. The Health Foundation has also commissioned a programme-wide evaluation to support understanding of the use of social franchising in the UK health and care system. We and our franchisees will support the evaluation through co-designing data collection requirements, providing access to data as requested, hosting site visits and attending learning events.

https://www.health.org.uk

STADV
STADV
STADV

Standing Together Against Domestic Violence is a UK charity bringing communities together to end domestic abuse. They bring local services together to keep people safe

Most public services weren’t designed with domestic abuse in mind, and they often struggle to keep people safe. Poor communication and gaps between services put survivors at risk.

STADV aim to end domestic abuse by changing the way that local services respond to it. They do this through an approach that they pioneered, called the Coordinated Community Response. The Coordinated Community Response brings services together to ensure local systems truly keep survivors safe, hold abusers to account, and prevent domestic abuse.

Their model of a coordinated local partnership to tackle and ultimately prevent domestic violence is now widely accepted as best practice. They are also a part of the Pathfinder consortium.

http://www.standingtogether.org.uk

Spring Impact
Spring Impact
Spring Impact

Spring Impact is a not-for-profit social enterprise born out of the frustration of seeing social organisations constantly reinventing the wheel and wasting scarce resources. Spring Impact uses a combination of tested commercial and social principles and extensive practical expertise to support organisations to identify, design and implement the right social replication model to scale their social impact.

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