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Wast Hills Hospital Wins National Award

Our team at Wast Hills Hospital in Kings Norton, Birmingham have been recognised for their excellence at the prestigious National Learning Disabilities and Autism Awards, praised for their ability to enhance quality of life and increase happiness and wellbeing in the people they care for.

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Wast Hills received the ‘Great Autism Practice Award’, which is presented ‘to a team or individual who demonstrate evidence of good practice in their services and support to people with autism’.

The award nomination noted that ‘the Wast Hills staff team are all aware of the cornerstone of supporting individuals with Autism, stepping into their world to provide support and feel privileged in having developed the skills to be able to do so, rather than expecting service users to fit in to any mould that may not be the best application of their potential.’

Amy Childs, Manager at Wast Hills, said:  “We are all incredibly proud that Wast Hills has won this award.  It is particularly satisfying that it recognises that we are providing support that is person-centred and enables each individual to communicate their needs and desires in a way that is comfortable for them.”

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Sharena Record, our Director of Operations for the Midlands area, said:  “The whole team at Wast Hills thoroughly deserve this award.  There is wonderful work going on every single day at Wast Hills and I am delighted that it has been recognised in this way.”Mel Ramsey, our Chief Executive Officer, said:  “I am absolutely thrilled for Wast Hills.

“I am so very proud to be working with such a fantastic team of people who are making such a positive difference to the lives of the people we support.”Wast Hills is an independent hospital providing specialist support and services for adults on the autistic spectrum with associated complex needs. Click here to read more about Wast Hills.

The National Learning Disabilities and Autism Awards celebrate excellence in the support for people with learning disabilities and Autism and aim to pay tribute to those individuals or organisation who excel in providing quality care.

Danshell Chairman In Prestigious Sector Debate

Efi Hershkovitz - Danshell Chairman    

Chairman of the Danshell Group Efi Hershkovitz joined key senior health and social care professionals for a lively and informative debate entitled ‘How to maximise leadership potential in UK health and social care arena’.

The discussion, one of Health Investor UK’s round table events, in conjunction with Compass Executives, was led by the publication’s managing editor Vernon Baxter and focussed on how to identify and develop talented staff and attract the best people into the sector.

Efi Hershkovitz said:  “It is very revealing to sit down with my peers across the sector and discuss these issues and to discover that we all face the same challenges.”

Asked during the dialogue if Danshell found it hard to find people with the balance between ambition and drive and the softer skills of empathy and judgement, Mr Hershkovitz said:  “Empathy is number one and even for care assistants and nurses, we actually have a scoring mechanism to find the empathy within their applications through psychological profiling.

“I am also involved with every appointment of a manager.   For me the home managers are the most important people in the organisation and I tell them in our conferences that their job is much more important than mine.

“If people want to work purely for money they shouldn’t work in the care sector.   They need to come for the challenge, they need to come for the empathy and yes, money might come if we can achieve certain things but at Danshell we’ve rigid systems in place and we sometimes lose people that are ‘talents’ because of that.”

Summing up the session Sam Leighton-Smith of Compass Executives said:  “The overriding trend from my perspective is that the talent is there but the time to invest in developing it is short.

“There is clearly a gulf between health care and social care in terms of infrastructure and resources to nurture tomorrow’s leaders.”

Danshell recognises outstanding employees

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Danshell has acknowledged the fantastic contributions made by members of its team.

The Danshell Staff Recognition Awards honoured staff who have gone above and beyond in supporting both service users and colleagues.  

A number of awards were presented during a gala dinner, held at the Marriot Hotel in York.  The winners were:-

  • Family Carer Choice Award 2016 - Lisa Gardner, Service Manager at Oaklands in Hexham.
  • Unit Support Individual of the Year 2016, Julie Lonsdale, Business Support Administrator for Scottish services.
  • Service Manager of the Year 2016 - Sibusiso Mudimbu, Service Manager at Old Leigh House in Essex
  • Outstanding Newcomer 2016 – Evelyn Griffiths, Care Support Worker at Redlands in Darlington.
  • Nurse of the Year 2016 - Nicola Darby, Deputy Manager and Nurse at Yew Trees in Essex.
  • Support Worker of the Year 2016- Kirsty Kerr, Senior Care Support Worker at, Ranaich House in Dunblane.
  • Outstanding Team of the Year 2016 - Hope House Staff team from Hartlepool.
  • Outstanding Clinical Contribution 2016 - Susan Wood, Occupational Therapist for Danshell’s South East services
  • Directors Special Recognition Award 2016 - Sandra Ashton, Mental Health Act Manager for all Danshell services.

Mel Ramsey, Chief Executive Officer at Danshell, said:   “I have recently joined Danshell and one of my first jobs was to read through around 700 nominations for the staff awards.

“It was a fantastic way to get to know the business and the staff and I was blown away by the achievements of our employees.   The awards night was inspiring and I’m really proud to be working with such an amazing team.”

 Efi Hershkovitz, Executive Chairman of Danshell, said:   “I believe that people should be recognised for their hard work, and going above and beyond in what they do.  The awards celebrate people who have been nominated by their peers for their hard work and dedication in providing an exemplary standard of care. 

“However, there are many more individuals carrying out sterling work in our services and I would like to personally congratulate every single member of the Danshell team for their achievements this year.”

Positive Choices 2016

Positive Choices is a large annual conference primarily aimed at Student Learning Disability Nurses. It always promises big names from the learning disability sector exhibiting and holding talks on important topics such as Transforming Care. This year was no less impressive.

The event was held in Nottingham University’s Engineering and Science Learning Centre on the 31st April - 1st March. The first day saw many of the Student Nurse attendees visiting the exhibition stands, discussing with each of the organisations about their future prospects, current studies, and of course grabbing a few free pens and sweets. Over the course of the two day event, there were a number of inspirational talks and performances on important topics in the learning disability sector. This included talks on Transforming Care held by Jane Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer for the NHS Commissioning Board, ‘Inclusion Superheroes and Leadership’ by Helen Laverty, Professional Lead for Learning Disability Nursing at the University of Nottingham and organiser of Positive Choices, and a fantastic performance from MiXit, an inclusive performance group who sing and act, which received a standing ovation.

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The whole event was a great success and we would like to thank everyone who attended and came to speak to us, we would especially like to thank Helen Laverty for organising such a fantastic event. A service user from one of Danshell’s services in the North East, who attended the event, thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience, saying “I can’t wait for the next one”  before it had even finished!

It was fantastic to meet so many passionate LD Student Nurses and we hope to work alongside some of you and see you develop in your careers in the near future.

If you wish to find out more about some of the nursing conferences we have organised later in the year please email to find out more.


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