The National Learning Disability and Autism Awards 2023 are an important part of our calendar.
This year we have two finalists, and the results will be announced at a gala dinner in Birmingham tonight, 30 June.
A finalist in the Frontline Leader (Not for Profit) category, Shem, based in Greater Manchester, would be a worthy winner.
Shem’s manager says of him:
I have had the pleasure of being Shem's manager for nearly five years and it has been amazing to watch him grow into the leader that he is. Shem has achieved outstanding outcomes for the people we support, their families and his staff teams. He manages specialist services that support complex behavioural needs. Some people have experienced lengthy admissions within assessment and treatment units and the Transforming Care agenda has supported their transition back into the community.
Shem is honest and reflective, which has created a culture of trust, respect and openness with the people he supports, families, his staff team and professionals within the wider area. He has created a culture of excellence and aspiration, which led to individuals building their confidence and contributing to their local communities.
Working in an outcome-focused way has helped prevent readmissions to hospital and helps each person through difficult times they may face. Shem's philosophy is to work closely and transparently with families as recognised experts in the care and support of their loved ones.
Good luck Shem!
Jess is a finalist under the Breaking Down Barriers Award (Team). We’re biased of course but we know she’d be a great choice for winner!
Jess’s nomination relates to her work co-designing and co-delivering accessible training covering the difficult topics of Loss and Bereavement.
Jess, who draws on our support and is also employed by MacIntyre, has worked with two co-trainers, Nicola Payne and Beth Britton, to design this training. Jess, Nicky and Beth worked over many months before delivering the training in March and May, with further sessions planned.
We describe Jess’s pivotal contribution to this successful partnership between MacIntyre and ARC England in this recent news item.
Good luck Jess!
Sending best wishes to all the worthy finalists in these prestigious Awards.