A nurse in Westminster City Council’s revolutionary Integrated Gangs Unit has won a national Nursing Standard’s award.
Dorcas Gwata saw off tough competition from across the country to win the Nursing Standard Mental Health Nurse Award for her work as part of Westminster Integrated Gangs Unit. The award recognises her dedication, creativity, flexibility and pioneering approach in engaging hard to reach gang members and supporting their mental health needs.
The council’s Integrated Gangs Unit, created in 2011, brings together specialists from the council, Metropolitan police, Probation service, voluntary sector and health services to provide a joined up approach to tackling gang issues. This innovative approach has seen impressive results, including a 59% reduction in serious youth violence in the Units’ first year.
Working with both young people and their parents Dorcas supports them to overcome mental health issue often meeting young people on the streets, in cafes, at home and in youth clubs, where they feel most comfortable.
Dorcas said of winning the award: “Winning the award is truly an honour but the strength of my work is a result of the whole team and how we work together to support people.”