Good luck to our 17 finalists at the Learning Disability & Autism Awards

June 13, 2022

As headline sponsor for the LD & Autism Awards, which celebrates excellence in the support for people with learning disabilities and pays tribute to those individuals or organisations who excel in providing quality care, Consensus wish the finalists across all the categories the best of luck as they head to the Awards ceremony and Gala Dinner on 8th July where winners will be announced.  

We are delighted to announce our finalists across the award categories, encompassing our colleagues and supported individuals.

The Support Worker Awardrecognizes the crucial role of the support worker in providing high quality support for people with a learning disability and/or autism with evidence of commitment to person centered approaches and supporting people with dignity and respect. We have three amazing finalists in this category:

  • Steph Foley – Support worker at Pendle Gardens, Barrowford
  • Nicholas Kikabi – Support worker at Wallace Crescent, Carshalton
  • Louise Fells – Support worker at St Marys Court, Harlow

The Manager Awardcelebrating a manager who has demonstrated a high level of expertise, exceptional skills in leadership and management, great support for colleagues and a positive commitment to person centred support. We have two managers who are finalists:

  • Shayne Mills – Service manager at Norwich Road, Ipswich
  • Emily Ruiz – Service manager at Frinton House, Bexhill
Shayne and Emily

The Frontline Leaders Award – awarded to a supervisor, senior care worker, team leader or a first-time manager who has shown clear commitment to improving the delivery of care and support within their team. Our finalist is Jodie Griffiths from Royal House.

The Social Care Covid Hero Awardrecognises an individual, team or employer who has gone above and beyond in response to the Covid-19 crisis. We are happy to say our finalist for this award are all our supported individuals from Frinton House, our residential service in Bexhill-On-Sea.


The Trainer Awardacknowledges the importance of trainers in ensuring that colleagues are equipped with the skills and knowledge needed to provide really good support. Our finalist is Carol Corstin, Head of Learning and Organisational Development.

The Lord Rix Supporting Older People with Learning Disabilities Awardcelebrates excellence in supporting older people with a learning disability or autism. The judges are looking for evidence from providers and individuals who are positive about older people, provide excellent person-centred support and promote independence, dignity and respect. Teams at two of our services are finalists:

  • Ty Hendy – The Hollies, Swansea
  • Pendle Gardens, Barrowford

The Learning Disability Nurse Award acknowledges the important role that specialist nurses have in promoting the emotional, physical and psychological health of the people they support. We have two finalists for this category:

  • Selina Wain –Operations Manager
  • Liz Smith –Service Manager at the Gables, Ely
Liz and Selina

The Employer Award – seeks to acknowledge and celebrate an exceptional employer who is committed to their employees delivering an excellent service. Employers should be able to provide considerable acumen and entrepreneurial flair whilst at the same time having a sustained track record of delivering high quality care and managing change improvement. We are thrilled to say that Consensus is a finalist for this award.

Our Quality Checkers Team

Employer of people with a disability Awardpresented to an organisation who employs and supports employees with learning disabilities or autism. It recognizes a business or charity that demonstrates true values of respect, equality and accessibility for their employees who have a learning disability and/or autism. Our very own Consensus Quality Checkers Team are finalists in this category, a team of individuals who live and work within our services as valued employees who bring their lived experience and expertise to improve services from within.

The Making a Difference Award – celebrates a person or provider who has promoted inclusion and community cohesion through their work or role in the community – particularly where this has helped make a positive change in peoples lives. We have two finalists for the Making a Difference Award:

  • Amber Charlton – Behaviour Practitioner
  • The Team at Vale House, Bolton

The Peoples Award presented to an individual or team of people with learning disabilities and/or autism. This award celebrates individuals or organizations who offer exceptional encouragement and support for individuals with learning disabilities and/or autism and provide support services, personal development and inclusion. Our finalist is the wonderful supported individuals of Tandridge Hill Farm, Surrey.

Tandridge Hill Farm Supported Individuals

We are also sponsoring and will be judging the highly commended ‘Outstanding Achievement Award’.

Eddie Morgan, Chief Operating Office of Consensus says, “I was humbled and proud to be the recipient of this accolade in 2021, and to be affiliated with this year’s award of recognising someone who is making a long-term and remarkable difference to the lives of people with a learning disability and/or autism”.

The Awards Gala Dinner will be held on July 8th at the ICC Arena in Birmingham in partnership with Care Talk – best of luck to everybody nominated and all the amazing contributions.

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