Consensus Support CEO Eddie Morgan explains why it’s important to recognise colleagues who go ‘over and above’ to ensure excellence in health and social care.
“As a leading provider of support and accommodation for people with learning disabilities, we are proud to be the headline sponsor of the National Learning Disabilities & Autism Awards 2022.
“Through this year’s sponsorship, we feel extremely privileged to be able to help honour those, across health and social care, who have worked in exceptional ways to ensure independence and quality of life for the people they support. These awards are highlights in the care sector calendar and I know how much this recognition means to colleagues and teams who have been nominated, shortlisted and gone on to become finalists and champions in the past.
“People who work in adult social care are the most valuable asset for any organisation in this sector, making a real difference to the lives of the individuals they support every single day of the year. Across the UK, my Consensus Support colleagues provide person-centred support in a range of settings to over 650 adults with learning disability, autism and complex needs, including Prader-Willi Syndrome. Whether in our residential, supported living or centre-based services, we encourage every individual to have a life of opportunity, choice and success.
Going the extra mile
“When I visit our services, it’s clear to see the ways that these colleagues go over and above in their roles to ensure Consensus Support maintains our values and mission. Those values are what unite and guide us to deliver the best for the individuals we support: choice and respect, ambition and imagination, reliability and professionalism, honesty and integrity, responsibility and accountability, inclusive and supportive. They underpin our purpose, define what we do and how we do it, inspiring us to achieve high standards and driving us to exceed them.
“The people who work for us come from all sorts of backgrounds. They bring with them a rich array of experience and skills to offer; they may be starting out in their career, or changing direction, or looking for opportunities to climb the career ladder. We also recruit people for their attitude and personality, and they all have one thing in common; they share our values and commitment to delivering the highest quality care and support.
“Everyone at Consensus Support puts the individuals we support at the heart of what we do, always seeking to ensure the best outcomes for them. That’s never been more evident than in the amazing ways we responded to the challenges of working through the pandemic over the past two years. Those unprecedented pressures were coupled with the issue of recruitment and retention becoming a key focus for all adult social care organisations in the UK – it’s been well documented how much the whole care sector is suffering in this respect, to the point where some service providers may fear they will be facing threats of closure due to lack of staff to support people in their care.
Health and social care at its very best
“We’re passionate about enabling the individuals we support to live a meaningful, fulfilling life – involving them fully and using person-centred planning to help them to achieve their goals. So whether someone is living in one of our services, or simply needs a little extra support within their local community or with daily routines, we provide the support they need.
“We have an outstanding track record and so we share a special affiliation with the aims and ethos of the National Learning Disabilities & Autism Awards. In addition to our overall sponsorship, I am delighted Consensus Support is also sponsoring the Award for Outstanding Contribution category, which distinguishes someone who the judges recognise has truly made a lasting difference to the lives of people with a learning disability and/or autism.
“These awards showcase health and social care at its very best. I am grateful that Consensus Support has this opportunity to be a leading part of them and provide recognition for the great work, tremendous commitment and dedication of people in our sector.”
To nominate for the awards visit www.nationalldawards.co.uk/nominate