A LOCAL Primary Care Network (PCN) is celebrating after being recognised for promoting equality of opportunity and BME progression.
Central Middlesbrough Primary Care Network were among those honoured at the Tees Valley BME Achievement Awards 2021 on 27th November. The awards celebrate the heroes and champions from the region’s Black and minoritised communities.
The annual ceremony, now in its twelfth year, was sponsored by Tees Valley Combined Authority and hosted by Nazir Afzal OBE.
The PCN collected the public sector award for their partnership work with Public Health South Tees (Covid Champion network) at the ceremony held at Jury’s Inn, Middlesbrough.
Dr Vaishali Nanda, Central Middlesbrough PCN Clinical Director and GP at The Discovery Practice Middlesbrough said, “We are extremely honoured to receive the Public Sector award. This joint working will create opportunities to address health inequalities in our wider population.
“The award recognises the continued effort we have made during the pandemic and our commitment to reducing health inequalities across our BME community.”
Tees Valley is home to over 43,000 Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) community members and their families.
Dr Nanda and PCN Manager Jennifer Wilson, have led teams of pharmacists and vaccinators across Middlesbrough, holding 20 pop up clinics so far. Working in collaboration with Cleveland Fire Services, they have been supported by local covid champions from local authority and public health. Tees Valley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has been a key partner in the process.
Karen Hawkins, Director of Commissioning, Strategy and Delivery, NHS Tees Valley CCG added, “It’s wonderful for Central Middlesbrough PCN to achieve this award.
“They are a great example of how by investing in trust and engaging local stakeholders and our communities creates positive relationships and change within and beyond the people they serve.”