Liz Royle, Head of Safeguarding and Designated Nurse for Safeguarding Children at Merton and Wandsworth CCG
“I entered the NHS workforce in September 1982 as a student nurse at the London Hospital. I went on to qualify as a midwife and then a health visitor before moving into my first safeguarding role in 2003 as Named Nurse for Child Protection. In 2010 I began to develop my knowledge and expertise in adult safeguarding in a post in Essex, managing a safeguarding team which included safeguarding children, adult and looked after children professionals. So I guess I’ve ‘clocked up’ almost 36 years of continuous service.
“My role as Head of Safeguarding / Designated Nurse Safeguarding Children is to make sure the CCG, in the commissioning of health services, has robust safeguarding arrangements in place to protect children, young people and adults who are at risk of exploitation, abuse or neglect.
“What I like most about working in health and care is that I am privileged to lead a team of very knowledgeable, experienced and caring professionals which is so very important given the challenges of working in safeguarding. My proudest memory is of qualifying as a nurse in 1987.”