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Natalie Wright and Rebecca White RLI UHMBT IK 2024

New ED Navigator joins the team in Lancaster

We are excited to announce that Rebecca White has joined us as the new Emergency Department (ED) Navigator at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT). Funded by the LVRN, Rebecca will be working with young people aged 10 to 25 to help reduce violence through early intervention and support.

Rebecca’s role is all about compassion, empathy, and making a difference. She says, “The aim of this role is to reduce violence in younger people in the Lancashire area through early intervention and support. When I am alerted to a young person in the Trust’s care who might benefit from additional support, I approach them to see why they have come in and ask them if they would like to talk about it. We have a chat and I let them know that there are various kinds of support that we can offer. Everything is done with the young person’s consent. We work together to build a bespoke plan for them with the aim of preventing further violence and other crimes. Ultimately, it is about making communities safer for everyone and improving the health and wellbeing of our young people.”

Rebecca’s work doesn’t stop when patients leave the hospital. She also supports young people at risk of criminal exploitation, offering a non-judgmental ear and ongoing help. Not everyone wants to involve the police after experiencing violence, and that’s where Rebecca comes in—providing support and guidance in a safe, understanding environment.

This initiative is part of LVRN’s commitment to creating safer communities and improving the wellbeing of young people across Lancashire. With Rebecca and other ED Navigators on board, we’re making strides towards a safer future for everyone.

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