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NHS Devon CCG’s Inclusion Team Wins Award For Inclusivity Work Supported By Living Options

Published 17th June 2022, in Blog, News, News & Updates

NHS Devon CCG’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion team has won the South West Health Equalities Parliamentary Award for work in understanding the experiences of ethnically diverse communities following the pandemic.

The Diversity and Inclusion team were also recognised for supporting the outreach vaccination programme with vaccine ambassadors which was supported by our Vaccination Champions Justine Smyth and Katherine Last, and Leila Manion, our Engagement Lead.

Judges recognised the CCG’s work on the vaccination outreach programme, which saw over 50,000 people from vulnerable communities receive their Covid-19 vaccination. The programme included a Vaccine Ambassador programme, using trusted community representatives to provide reliable information, to understand barriers to people having the vaccine and to help overcome them. Living Options Devon formed part of this initiative.

Judges said, “NHS Devon CCG’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Team has made a significant difference over the past two years, having a huge impact on Devon’s Covid-19 vaccination programme, helping thousands of people from communities with lower vaccine confidence to overcome worries or other barriers to getting vaccinated.”

Jane Milligan, Chief executive of the Integrated Care System for Devon (ICSD) and NHS Devon Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) thanked all organisations that support these programmes.

Read the NHS England Announcement