Learning disability and autism staff at Oxford Health are celebrating after a staggering five individual members of staff and one team have been shortlisted for The National Learning Disabilities & Autism Awards 2019.

Sian Cripps, a community nurse, and Kim Ashwin, Mental Health Liaison Nurse at the trust who supports people with a learning disability or autism when accessing mental health services at the trust have both been shortlisted for the Making A Difference Award, recognising an outstanding person who works creatively and passionately to ensure people with a learning disability have equal access and involvement in their community.

Jorik Mol, autism experience group lead (pictured), has been shortlisted for the Great Autism Practice Award, awarded to the person whose overriding goal of good autism practice is to enhance the quality
 of life for individuals, families and supporters by making reasonable adjustments or providing support developing strategies to increase happiness and wellbeing in people with autism.

The Intensive Support Team, led by manger Noel Burke, has been shortlisted for the Breaking Down Barriers Award, which celebrates an individual
 or organisation which has worked to make sure people get clear information and are able to contribute their views and experiences.

Community nurses Ruth Barber Mclean and Jacqui Berry have both been shortlisted for the Learning Disability Nurse Award, which acknowledges the important role specialist nurses have in promoting the emotional, physical and psychological health of the people they support.

Service Director for Learning Disability Services Liz Williams said: “We are thrilled that the excellent work of our staff has been recognised thus far and look forward to seeing who wins on the night the awards.”

Regional winners of the National Learning Disabilities & Autism Awards will be announced at a gala event in June. Winners from the four regions of the UK will then be entered into a grand final which will take place in October.