Two of the Trust's services are finalists in the Outstanding Health Services category in the National Autistic Society's prestigious Autism Professionals Awards.
The Trustwide autism project and The Northdale Centre were shortlisted by an independent panel of autism specialists, who were looking for high standards of innovation, creativity, impact and sustainability. The winners will be announced at a special ceremony on 7 March 2019 in Birmingham, as part of the National Autistic Society’s Professional Conference.
People with autism are more at risk from a range of mental health disorders, including anxiety, depression and psychosis, and therefore the Trust believe it is important that staff are able to identify autism and work effectively with service users with autism. TEWV aims to become more autism aware, informed and responsive to needs of people with autism through better access and clearer pathways to services.
The Trustwide autism project aims to ensure that there is a clear pathway to diagnosis across all its localities, that all staff (clinical and non-clinical) are trained in autism awareness, and that treatment pathways have autism-specific enhancements.
The Northdale Centre is the UK’s only autism specific medium secure NHS facility. It supports 12 adult males with a diagnosis of autism and a history of offending behaviour in a therapeutic, structured environment.
On a daily basis the team work to reduce the impact of autism and reduce risk of offending behaviours. The team has been praised for their compassion and commitment to service users and their individualised care and treatment plans ensure service users have the opportunity to reach their full potential and lead a life worth living.
The annual Autism Professionals Awards were launched in 2013 to recognise people, services and schools across the UK who are making a difference to autistic people and their families. By celebrating their achievements, the National Autistic Society hopes to increase public understanding of autism and inspire other people and organisations to make a difference too. There are 12 awards for individuals and organisations, covering education, health, social care, employment, and volunteering.
There are around 700,000 autistic people in the UK. Being autistic means someone sees, hears and feels in a different, often more intense way to other people, which can make the world a very overwhelming place.
Every autistic person is different and many people also have a learning disability, mental health problems or other conditions. With understanding and tailored support, autistic people can live full and rewarding lives – whether in education, work or living as independently as possible.
Jacqui Dyson, TEWV autism strategy manager said: “We are thrilled to have been shortlisted for this award, there has been a significant amount of work that has gone into developing the Trustwide autism project. We have worked closely with service users and their carers, as well as our experts by experience to develop the project and deliver staff training. We have had excellent feedback to date and being shortlisted recognises the extensive work that has already taken place in our ambition to be the most autism-friendly NHS organisation in the North of England.”
Carol Povey, Director of the National Autistic Society’s Centre for Autism, said: “We run the Autism Professionals Awards each year to recognise and celebrate the people, projects and organisations doing amazing things for autistic children, adults, or their families.
“All the finalists should be commended for impressing the judges and standing out among so many excellent nominations.
“By celebrating their achievements, we hope to improve public understanding of autism and inspire other people and organisations to make a difference too.”
Find out more about autism, the Autism Professionals Awards and the Professional Conference by visiting: autism.org.uk/professionals
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