The Trust has won a prestigious accolade at the National Autistic Society’s Autism Professionals Awards.
Staff from the TEWV autism project were given the Outstanding Health Services Award at a special ceremony at Birmingham Town Hall, in recognition of the work they are doing to ensure that there is a clear pathway to diagnosis across the Trust, that all staff are trained in autism awareness, and that reasonable adjustments to treatment pathways are available.
The annual awards recognise people, services and schools across the UK who are making a difference to autistic people and their families. This year’s awards, which took place following the first day of the charity’s 10th Anniversary Professionals Conference, were hosted by Carrie Grant, a broadcaster and vocal coach, and Sarah Hendrickx, an autism consultant, trainer, coach and author. They handed out 12 awards to individuals and organisations involved in education, health, social care, employment, and volunteering.
The winners were chosen by an independent panel of autism specialists, who were looking for high standards of innovation, creativity, impact and sustainability. 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.
The Trust aims to be the most autism-friendly NHS organisation in the North of England and a significant amount of work that has gone into developing the Trustwide autism project. The project team have worked closely with service users and their carers, as well as experts by experience to develop the project and deliver staff training.
There are approximately 700,000 autistic adults and children 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 has their own strengths and varying needs, from 24-hour care to simply needing clearer communication and a little longer to do things at work and school. Without the right support or understanding, autistic people can miss out on an education, struggle to find work and become extremely isolated.
TEWV autism strategy project manager, Jacqui Dyson said: “We are delighted to win the Outstanding Health Services Award at the National Autistic Society’s Autism Professionals Awards. The award is testament to the significant amount of work that has gone into delivering the project. We recognise the challenges that people with autism can have when attending appointments or communicating with staff and we want to make all of our staff aware of this and provide them with the knowledge and tools to be able to make necessary changes that will improve people’s experiences.”
Carol Povey, Director of the National Autistic Society’s Centre for Autism, said: “Well done to all of our winners and finalists.“I know that it was tough for the judges to choose between so many excellent nominations. Seeing so many inspirational professionals together made me really excited for the future of great support for autistic children and adults.
“Support and services for autistic people are still nowhere near as available and high quality as they should be. But today’s winners and finalists show that there is some really fantastic work going on across the UK. By sharing their achievements, I hope we can inspire other professionals and organisations and give them some ideas about how they can do their bit to create a society that works for autistic people.”
Find out more about autism, the Autism Professionals Awards and the Professional Conference by visiting: www.autism.org.uk/professionals.
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