Double success as Consensus wins at the LD & Autism Awards 2021
Consensus is celebrating success twice-over after picking up two awards at the prestigious National Learning Disabilities & Autism Awards 2021 held in Birmingham on Friday, 29 October.
The team from our residential service Pendle Gardens led the way with their award for Supporting people with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities (PMLD), presented by the event’s celebrity host Reverend Kate Bottley. They were also delighted to see Consensus CEO Eddie Morgan collect his own accolade at the ceremony, the Jim Mansell Award for Outstanding Contribution. This is presented annually to an individual considered by the judges to have made an exceptional and long-term contribution to the lives of people with a learning disability and/or autism.
The independent judging panel considered 11 influential finalists from across the health and social care sector nominated for this award before reaching their conclusion: “Eddie is an amazing CEO with a great outlook, passionate about his staff team and the people they support. Eddie loves getting involved in the service and is well known by his team and the people he supports. Eddie can often be seen rolling up his sleeves to work alongside his support workers.”
Eddie said: “I’m delighted that the efforts and successes of Consensus are being recognised nationally. We are only able to provide excellent standards of support to so many people thanks to the dedicated and talented team of support workers, specialists and managers that I’m privileged to work with. When we win awards, we’re giving prospective families, new commissioners and even prospective employees the reassurance that we’re their best choice. Vitally, we’re also giving our teams and the people we support important recognition for their achievements.”
Each year, in the Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities category of the National Learning Disabilities & Autism Awards, the winner of this award goes to providers and teams demonstrating innovative and inspiring practice that achieves positive outcomes for people with PMLD. In drawing up their shortlist of nine nominees for 2021, the judging panel looked for evidence to show how person-centred collaborative and creative support can have a profound impact on the lives of people with PMLD. The Pendle Gardens team and their Service Manager Adam Beswick stood out for their work together to provide specialist support and accommodation in Lancashire for people with learning disabilities, who have a range of complex needs including autism, mental health issues and behaviours requiring specialist risk management approaches.
In the view of the judges: “Adam is a truly inspirational leader, who has set up the service at Pendle Gardens through the pandemic. The transition work that he and the team have done is over and above and has proved highly successful. A great team filled with positivity and with a focus on a high-quality service.”
Adam agrees his team deserved to be recognised for their dynamic working, positive risk taking and person-centred planning over the past year: “I could not be prouder of my team and how they have overcome the challenges that any new team faces, especially during a pandemic. We have successfully supported people to be discharged into a community setting following long-stay hospital admissions where often it is deemed that this would not be possible. We have pushed the boundaries and limitations and are leading the way in which community support should be delivered.”
In addition to these two accolades for Eddie and for colleagues at Pendle Gardens, Consensus were also shortlisted as finalists in three more award categories:
- The Learning Disability Nurse Award – Liz Smith
- The Employer Award – Consensus Support
- Employer of People with a Disability Award – Consensus Support
Congratulations and well done to all our finalists, and especially to our worthy winners.
About the Awards
The National Learning Disabilities & Autism Awards celebrate excellence in the support for people with learning disabilities and autism, and pay tribute to those individuals or organisations who excel in providing quality care.
They celebrate the successes of individuals, teams and businesses throughout the UK who really do make a positive impact on the lives of the people they support, whether they are frontline staff such as care workers and care managers or those who have made an impact in other ways such as training and innovation.
Organised by the specialist social care publication Care Talk, the awards are supported by the Department of Health, Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) and Voluntary Organisations Disability Group (VODG).
There are a total of 17 award categories available for nomination, which represent all areas of care for people with learning disabilities and autism within the care sector, whether it be young or older people, supporting people in their own homes, the residential care sector, or the voluntary sectors.
All shortlisted nominees are invited to attend an interview with an independent panel of judges, who then select the finalists and winners in each category.