Marino Latour, Designated Safeguarding Adults Lead for Wandsworth and Merton CCG
“I have worked for the NHS since 1992, starting as a volunteer. I then completed nurse training and worked as a first level qualified mental health nurse in a hospital in Kensington and Chelsea.
“I’ve worked 26 years in the NHS supporting older people with dementia and people with severe and enduring mental health needs both in the community, hospitals and prisons. I have also managed district nursing teams. Most of my career has been spent working around central and north west London.
“As the Designated Safeguarding Adults Lead, I ensure that Merton and Wandsworth CCGs are delivering their statutory safeguarding duties to make sure that people who are at risk of abuse and neglect are kept safe, protected from harm and receive high quality care.
“I have only worked in south west London for the past year but the CCGs and the area are a very friendly place to work. I feel empowered to make strategic decisions on behalf of the CCG with excellent support from my managers and directors.
“I have many examples of my proudest moments and favourite memories but I’ll just give a few. As a gay man I have never felt intimidated, judged or discriminated against by my colleagues or patients and I have always been able to deliver the right care which has been rewarding.
“It is also so rewarding to see people bounce back from being detained under the Mental Health Act to complete recovery and leading a healthier lifestyle. As the Chair of the Royal College of Nursing Inner London Branch and a Royal College of Nursing activist, I am also able to support nurses in various ways. I have also been to the House of Lords to represent the NHS.”