Andrew BirkenshawLearning disability services and staff at Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust have been shortlisted for a number of awards at the National Learning Disability and Autism Awards 2017.

The awards celebrate excellence in the support for people with learning disabilities and aim to pay tribute to those individuals or organisations that excel in providing quality care.

The Care Trusts Waddiloves health clinic team, which provides health support to people with learning disabilities including dental clinics, psychologists and dieticians, has been named as a finalist for the Great Autism Practice Award.

Health facilitation nurse, Andrew Birkenshaw who is based at Waddiloves, which provides health support for adults with learning disabilities across Bradford and Airedale, has been shortlisted for the Learning Disability Nurse Award 2017 along with Sue Gibson who has been shortlisted for the Support Worker Award.

On being shortlisted, Andrew said: “The whole team is delighted to be finalists for the awards.

“We are passionate about supporting people with learning disabilities access healthcare so they can have their physical health needs met and it’s great that this work is recognised.

“Having Waddiloves allows us to plan treatment with a number of specialists all in one place, meaning that we can carry out more than one treatment at the same time which is useful for patients who might have anxieties towards accessing treatment as they only need to attend the once.”

The Learning Disability Nurse Award acknowledges the important role that specialist nurses have in promoting the emotional, physical and psychological health of the people who they support.

The Support Worker Award recognises the crucial role of the support worker in providing high quality support for people with a learning disability and/or autism.

The team will find out if they have been successful next month at an event in Birmingham.