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Trust staff recognised in Learning Disability Champion Awards

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Every year University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust celebrates staff who have gone above and beyond to support people with a learning disability in the hospital, in the Learning Disability Champion Awards.

Nominations for the awards come from patients, family, support providers and the Learning Disability Liaison Team.

Saoirse Read, Learning Disability and Autism Liaison Service Manager at UHP, said: “We’ve been busy handing out the awards this week in appreciation of all the hard work and compassion that has been shown during another challenging year.”

The Learning Disability and Autism Service had hoped to host its fifth annual champions awards event in person, however felt it was a safer option for all involved to do this virtually.

Staff were recognised for their commitment to producing easy read materials, making reasonable adjustments to ensure patients get treatment in a timely manner, as well as visiting user groups in the community to seek their opinions on materials.

Individuals have been nominated because they are good advocates and show kindness, empathy and sensitivity when caring for patients with a learning disability.  

Patient Marlene Ryder nominated Team Tavy (Medical Assessment Unit) who says the team were kind and patient with her: “I liked them when they had a laugh with me”, she said.

Congratulations go to: MAU/Tavy Ward, Tracey Branson, Dr Gemma Hayes, SHiP, Nick Bosanko, Vaccination Team at Home Park, Heather Blenkinsop, Stuart Quarterman, Jenny Hurley who each received an award.


Learning Disability Champion Award Winners 2021

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Tavy MAU

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Stacey on behalf of Tracey Branson


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Jenny Hurley

Photo of Heather

Heather Blenkinsop


Photo of Vaccination Team

Vaccination Team

Photo of Lindsay and Claire

Lindsay and Claire 


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Stuart Quarterman

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DUG Awards



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