Safeguarding nurse shortlisted for national award

A Trafford nurse who specialises in safeguarding children has been shortlisted for a top industry award.

Safeguarding Families Nurse Liz Spencer, 44, from Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust, has made it into the shortlist for the ‘Student of the Year’ category of the Nursing Times Awards 2017 after being nominated by her tutor at Manchester Metropolitan University.

She is among eight finalists who travelled to London to give a presentation to the awards panel.

Liz is a former Trafford school nurse who worked full time while completing the course in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing.

After completing the course in October 2016, Liz went on to be appointed Safeguarding Families Nurse for the whole of Trafford.

In this role she trains other staff on warning signs that children could be at risk of neglect, abuse or other harm.

She said: “I’m so proud of myself for passing and I love my new role helping to protect vulnerable children and families in Trafford so to be nominated for an award is an added, but unexpected, bonus.”

Bernadette Dean, Safeguarding Lead Nurse for Pennine Care, added: “Liz has settled well into the safeguarding team and is proactive and creative, making a positive contribution to ensure that practitioners are supported in safeguarding children and families in Trafford. I congratulate her on her nomination and wish her luck at the presentations.”

The winners will be announced in an awards ceremony in London on April 27.

 For more information about community health services available in Trafford, visit www.penninecare.nhs.uk