12 October 2018
Mental health learning disabilities unit recognised at national awards ceremony
Caption: (left to right) AWP's Chief Operating Officer,
Mathew Page, Daisy Service Manager, Dan Wilkins, Daisy Team
Manager, Jo Blyth-Thomas and Interim Deputy Chief Operating
Officer, Sarah Branton
A bespoke care unit for people with complex learning
disabilities has been recognised for its work to support people to
reach their full potential, as part of a national awards
The Daisy Unit, which is part of the Green Lane Hospital site in
Devizes, is operated by Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health
Partnership NHS Trust (AWP).
The unit and its staff were shortlisted for a National Mental
Health 2018 Award in the category of Learning Disability and
Autism, which is supported by NHS Improvement.
On Thursday 11 October members of the team travelled to
Liverpool for the awards ceremony and were delighted to receive a
Daisy Service Manager, Dan Wilkins, said: "We were thrilled to
have been shortlisted for this award and to have received a Highly
Commended is a huge honour. This achievement demonstrates the hard
work and dedication of the team who provide the service.
"We strive to understand the uniqueness of each individual and
provide a totally person-centred environment which enables them to
be managed safely and effectively but with the freedom to come and
go as they please."
The Daisy Unit, which opened in January 2017, is a purpose-built
unit that was designed by residents and clinicians and provides
care home facilities within a building that is registered as a
hospital. It was designed to provide a community model of care for
complex service users enabling them to reach their full potential
and its development was part of a national drive to close learning
disability hospital placements.