Two Staff Members Recognised

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Two Staff Members Recognised

07 Jun 2024 | Category: News
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Two staff members at the Trust are deservedly celebrating this month after being shortlisted for awards at The National Learning Disabilities event.

Support worker Jean Maund is through to the last few for Support Worker of the Year, while Deputy Manager, Toni-Ann Whitehouse is up for The Front-Line Leader award.

Jean is recognised for her work in helping the mental health of residents, as she explains: “I worked a lot on helping them open up and understand the triggers a lot better. We were then able to start adding it to their behaviour plans. We worked with the Doctors and involved families. We saw a massive improvement.”

It hasn’t stopped there, though, as Jean elaborates: “I now train new staff members on the techniques that I’ve learned so that best practice can be implemented.”

Toni, who has been nominated for a contribution across several houses since she joined the Trust just over a year ago, was typically modest when discussing her role: “It’s been a lot to adapt to,” she said. “And a steep learning curve, and while it is special that the manner I have kept things going has been recognised, the residents’ happiness is all that is important to me.”

Registered Manager, Denise Barrett, who nominated the star duo praised them both but quickly added her thanks to the whole team. “Although Jean and Toni have been shortlisted, they represent all of the staff, as far as I am concerned. They have all been fantastic.”

The home in Sutton where they work only became part of the Lisieux Trust family a couple of years ago after we took it on from a provider that had failed its Care Quality Commission inspection. Denise said there had been a lot of work to do, but added: “I am so, so proud of them all.”

According to Jean, that process is ongoing: “This is quite an honour,” she admitted, “But I will always continue to learn, report and advocate for our Residents and Tenants.”

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