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Staff Recognition Awards 2019

Inclusion Award 2019

Presented by
Oxfordshire Community Services Director, Emma Leaver
and Head of Inclusion, Mo Patel

The Inclusion Award acknowledges a person or team that promotes equality, diversity and inclusion for service users, staff or the community. This individual or team will have contributed to and enhanced the environment through a sustained and passionate commitment to inclusion.

WINNER

Georgina Boyling
Behavioural Healthcare Assistant, Learning Disability Service, Oxford

Her nomination said:

“Indestructible dedication, commitment and passion for deaf inclusion; Georgie’s burning desire to make things better for deaf people in society and in the workplace is clear for all to witness.”

On the record

Georgie has been a behavioural assistant in the intensive support ream for just over four years, working with clients who have a learning disability and behaviour that may challenge services.

However, her association with the NHS stretches back to 1979 as a trainee audiologist, becoming senior paediatric audiologist until meningitis robbed her of her hearing in 1997.

Now profoundly deaf she uses both lipreading and sign language to communicate.

Her hearing loss didn’t hold her back though.

Georgie explained: “Following my meningitis I re trained as a Hearing Therapist at the City Lit in London in 1998 and was Team leader for Adults with learning disabilities and hearing difficulties at South Buck NHS Trust. I worked in this role until 2009 when due to ill health I was forced to take a medical discharge.

“I’ve lived in the hearing world as a hearing person and now for the last 22 years, l am a deaf person in a hearing world, so I have experienced first-hand the difficulties a deaf or hard of hearing person faces every day.”

Having faced difficulty accessing things like training, meetings and general information in a way that her hearing colleagues did not Georgie has strived to raise awareness by giving deaf awareness training; information regarding loop systems and hearing aid technology along with helping colleagues devise good communication guides.

“Deafness is very much a hidden disability which can often go un noticed be ignored or forgotten . It can result in isolation, lack of confidence, dependency on others and affect someone’s quality of life. By raising awareness I wanted to break down the barriers this disability can often bring.”

“Deafness is very much a hidden disability which can often go un noticed be ignored or forgotten . It can result in isolation, lack of confidence, dependency on others and affect someone’s quality of life. By raising awareness I wanted to break down the barriers this disability can often bring.”

Georgina Boyling

WINNER

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Wintle Ward
Warneford Hospital, Oxford

Their nomination said: “This team has worked incredibly hard to improve their service, their approach to care has supported an improvement in accessibility to people with a learning disability or autism. Well done team and keep up the fantastic work!”

Andrea Savidge
Community Staff Nurse, School Nursing Service, East Oxford Health Centre

Her nomination said: “Andrea has not only noticed a healthcare need, but investigated and worked and in partnership with other agencies to provide great patient centred care, which is inclusive and adaptable.”

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