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Hastings Safe Space: nearly one year old!

Well, we didn't win at last week's HSJ awards but we are delighted to have been selected as a finalist - from a total of over 1,400 entries, ony 240 reached this stage. This is a fantastic achievement and a tribute to all our volunteers, first aiders and security staff. 

Hastings Safe Space - shortlisted for the Health Service Journal awards

Hastings Safe Space has now been operating for nearly 9 months on a Saturday night in central Hastings close to the town’s bars and clubs. Developed and operated by the NSMC, on behalf of Hastings and Rother NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), the service aims to reduce the demand for unnecessary A&E visits and emergency service call outs by treating young people suffering from intoxication or other minor injuries ‘on-the-spot’ in the Safe Space using our team of highly trained first aiders and volunteers.

Total Place approach on St Helena

The NSMC has been very fortunate over recent years to island hop and work on various different islands around the world, including the British Virgin Islands, Jamaica, and now St Helena. With the drive for place-based approaches to health, local authorities and Clinical Commissioning Groups could learn a lot from the approach taken by these islands, particularly St Helena and their natural total place approaches.

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