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Parents of murdered nurse back trust's new domestic abuse campaign

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The parents of murdered Blackpool nurse Jane Clough have backed the launch of a new domestic abuse policy for local hospital staff.

John and Penny Clough’s daughter was murdered at the age of 26 by her partner outside Blackpool Victoria Hospital in July 2010. Her partner, Jonathan Vass, worked for the trust himself as a paramedic.

“If we can get people to see the signs in their colleagues… it could make a massive difference to that person’s life”

Penny Clough

They have been supporting Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in formulating a campaign called “You Don’t Seem yourself”.

Mr Clough said: “When Jane became a victim we didn’t notice the signs to start with but we have become so much more aware now. We thought it always left a bruise but it doesn’t, there are so many more signs such as a change in personality that with hindsight we might have spotted.

“Jane was a different person during the abuse, constantly texting and becoming more isolated and looking back the signs were there but we Just didn’t spot them,” he said.

Ms Clough added: “If we can get people to see the signs in their colleagues and mention that there is help and support at hand at the trust and through other agencies it could make a massive difference to that person’s life.

“It is easy to have a policy but it is much more important to promote that policy and make it clear to everyone where to go and what help is available,” she said.

Nicky Ingham, director of workforce and organisational development at the trust, said: “This campaign will raise the awareness of what support is in place for staff and to provide staff with a simple but effective way of asking colleagues if they are okay. 

The trust is also launching a “Going the Extra Mile Award” in memory of Jane Clough.

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Readers' comments (3)

  • What an excellent thing this Trust is doing. I think "you don't seem yourself" should be rolled out to other Trusts across the NHS. A national "Jane Clough going the extra mile award" would mean this terrible tragedy is not forgotten and would help other people in similar situations.

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  • The comment about Texting was meant as he was always texting Jane, not that Jane was constantly texting him, as it seems to read. He would bombard her with texts asking where she was, what was she doing, who was she with etc, along with some threatening and menacing ones.

    John Clough
    (Jane's dad)

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  • How do we contact this Trust? I think it's an excellent idea and would love to roll it out in my organisation

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