11. Leading Practice in Learning Disability & Mental Health Services Award

This person will strive to make a difference to the life experiences of the people with whom they work. They will:

  • be aware of historical attitudes towards people who have learning disabilities and the long term impact this has upon the perceptions of the wider community today. Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the nature and impact of mental health issues have on individuals and the key people in their lives.
  • demonstrate  the way they support the use of person centred approaches
  • understand the importance of respect, dignity and ‘aspirations’ and support in ways that aims to extend boundaries of expectation
  • work with individuals to establish a greater richness, quality of life and wellbeing. Support individuals and their families to take as much control over their lives as they are willing or able to
  • support others to promote equality and secure the rights of the individuals they support.
  • act as a role model to colleagues, continuously promoting person / child centred ways of working in the organisation, and promote respect, dignity and wellbeing of individuals using services in all of their work.
  • keep abreast of emerging practice and be prepared to challenge outdated or poor attitudes and practice
  • Examples of the nominees work should be recorded, together with outcomes.

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