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West London African Women’s Service team shortlisted for HSJ Awards

03 October 2012

The West London African Women's Service has been shortlisted for the Health Service Journal Awards in the 'Patient Centred Care' category.

Photo: Sagal Osman (Facilitator), Dr Lazara Dominguez (Consultant), Kathryn Mangold (General Manager & Directorate Nurse for Women’s Services), Katie Hopkins (Health Adviser), Gubby Ayida (Clinical  Director),  Debora Alcayde (FGM/Perineal Specialist Midwife) and Naomi Low-Beer (Consultant Gynaecologist)

The West London African Women's Service has been shortlisted for the Health Service Journal Awards in the 'Patient Centred Care' category.

The team was shortlisted for their unique service, which spans both the hospital and community care to meet the needs of women with female genital mutilation (FGM).

FGM is when the genitals have been cut for non-medical reasons and is illegal in the UK—an estimated 24,000 children are at risk of FGM. The service provides a range of care and treatment for women with FGM and the care is delivered by an all female team.

The team is made up of a number of different professionals including health advocate/language facilitator, obstetrician and gynaecologist, specialist midwife, genitourinary medicine doctor and a sexual health advisor.

The Health Service Journal Awards received the highest number of entries in their 31 year history this year.

The judging is taking place on Thursday 25 October and the winners will be announced at a ceremony on Tuesday 20 November.