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Chief Nursing Officer for England gives top nursing accolade to Pennine Lancashire safeguarding nurse

NHS East Lancashire and NHS Blackburn with Darwen Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are brimming with pride having learned that their Head of Children’s Safeguarding, Debbie Ross has been awarded a top accolade for nursing by NHS England’s Chief Nurse, Dr Ruth May earlier this month.

Debbie Ross CNO Award

L-R: Catherine Randall — Deputy Head of Safeguarding, NHS England (North region); Debbie Ross — Head of Children’s Safeguarding; Jackie Hanson — Director of Nursing & Care Professionals for the Healthier Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care System

Debbie, the first nurse recipient of the Gold Chief Nursing Officer badge in Lancashire and South Cumbria, has been awarded the badge at the recent national safeguarding conference in recognition of her outstanding performance and more generally for her contribution to nursing and children’s safeguarding.

NHS England’s Chief Nursing Officer, Dr Ruth May introduced Silver or Gold Chief Nursing Officer badges in January this year. These are awarded to nurses or midwives in recognition of those who have “excelled in their performance”. The Gold badge award is the third of its kind to be awarded to nurses nationally this year.

Debbie said of her award: “I’m obviously overjoyed and honoured to have received this award. I’m extremely lucky to work with a wonderful dedicated team of people all working to safeguard the welfare of children, including those looked after and to adults at risk.

“I really feel I am receiving this on behalf of the team and all of the wonderful people I have worked with throughout my career and who have supported me and taught me what outstanding practice looks like.”

Kathryn Lord, Interim Chief Nurse and Director of Quality at NHS East Lancashire CCG, said: “Debbie is an absolute credit to nursing and an extremely valuable member of our safeguarding team. Even in these challenging times, she continually strives to improve services and outcomes for children at risk of harm not only on a local but regional and national level. We are very proud of her.”

At this year’s conference, professionals responsible for Children and Adult Safeguarding in Lancashire and South Cumbria put the region on the national map for their work in providing high quality and effective safeguarding. In a reassuring presentation to the conference, and what will be a reassuring message for the public - safeguarding professionals in the region are working together to ensure that children and vulnerable adults are safeguarded and protected consistently and to a high standard across the region.

Jackie Hanson, Director of Nursing & Care Professionals for the Healthier Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care System, said: “I’ve known Debbie a long time and I’m delighted that she has been recognised for her outstanding contribution throughout her career in helping safeguard and improve outcomes for children. Debbie is incredibly dedicated to safeguarding any child at risk of harm. Her knowledge and skills as a safeguarding practitioner are at the highest level.

“The award to Debbie, and the recognition of the work undertaken by Lancashire and South Cumbria Safeguarding teams, continues a strong history of NHS East Lancashire and Blackburn with Darwen CCGs developing safeguarding leaders and contributing not only to improvements in safeguarding for children and adults but also to policy and practice at a regional and national level.”