Community Rose Clinic wins national award

Date: 20 Nov 2014

Category: Services

Bristol Community Rose Clinic wins HSJ Award

Bristol Community Rose Clinic has won the Primary Care and Community Service Redesign category at the 2014 Health Service Journal (HSJ) Awards.

Bristol Community Rose Clinic provides personal care and support for women who are experiencing problems as a result of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). Bristol Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) commissioned the clinic in 2013, which is run by Dr Katrina Darke, a GP experienced in supporting women with FGM and based at Lawrence Hill Health Centre.

The clinic also offers ‘opening’ surgery for women who have been ‘stitched’ or ‘closed’ as part of FGM.

Celebrating healthcare excellence

The Health Service Journal (HSJ) Awards, which took place on 19 November, is the largest celebration of healthcare excellence in the UK, highlighting the most innovative and successful people and projects in the sector.

Judges described the project as “a standout example of innovative working addressing a taboo subject”.


Bristol has led the way nationally in its work related to Female Genital Mutilation and we are very proud that the Rose Clinic has won this prestigious award.

The clinic has been commissioned as a result of demand in the local community and is proving very successful. Women from local communities have helped develop the service from the start and they remain actively involved in supporting it.

"We’re absolutely delighted to win this award which recognises the hard work which has gone into establishing the Rose Clinic as an important contribution to the community. We’ve worked incredibly hard over the past 8 years to raise awareness of FGM and we hope to build on this success so that we can eradicate FGM in a generation."

- Jackie Mathers, Designated Nurse for Safeguarding Children

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