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The National Learning Disabilities and Autism Awards 2017 Finalists Announced

Tracscare has pleasure in announcing seven staff members have been announced as finalists in the forthcoming National Learning Disabilities and Autism Awards 2017.

Organised by Care Talk, the 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.

Kelly Pirotte Learning and Development Manager has been shortlisted as a finalist for the Trainer Award. Kelly is passionate about people and making a difference. She believes that by providing staff with the skills and knowledge to complete their roles, the people we support will benefit through the provision of the best possible support. Kelly is dedicated to the development of our people and has the belief that an investment in their professional development will create an environment and culture where our people are valued, recognised and retained. 

Victoria Hulstrom Deputy Manager, Milton Park has been shortlisted for the Learning Disability Nurse Award. Victoria always had a passion to improve the lives of others. During her A-Levels, she excelled at psychology and sociology which further peaked her interest in working with people and delivering better quality and outcomes. Victoria is an outstanding Nurse, she is supportive to all staff and continuously adopts new initiatives to improve standards and best practice for the people she supports at Milton Park Therapeutic Campus.

Tiago Pinto Head of Therapeutic Services, Milton Park, has been shortlisted in the category The Great Autism Practice Award​. Tiago is a Clinical Psychologist who found his specialism working with children, young people and adults with Autism. Since he started his career he has become fascinated with the range of Autism presentations and was always determined to devise the best support and appropriate interventions for each patient. He believes there is still a lot to do to raise more awareness in supporting autistic adults and consider therapeutic interventions to improve people’s lives and outcomes.


Gayle Woodcock, Quality Lead Milton Park, has been shortlisted in the category Managers Award. Gayle is Mental Health Nurse and Quality lead at Milton Park, she has extensive experience working with adults with Mental Health needs, Learning Disabilities and behaviours of concern. She is passionate about involving the people she supports in service development and has experience in practice development. In addition, Gayle is an Outcomes Star trainer, Positive Behaviour Coach and lead for the East of England National Recovery and Outcomes Project.​

Ben Adkins Behaviour Advisor, and Adam Vincent, Clinical Lead, have been shortlisted in the category Positive Behaviour Support Award. Ben and Adam are a dynamic duo who have a wealth of experience, having worked in Tracscare for many years. Trained in the positive principles of studio three behavioural management techniques, their role is to work collaboratively with staff to develop and review positive behaviour support plans and introduce proactive strategies. Working alongside staff teams, they support people at times of extreme challenge or crisis. This exceptional team also provide Studio 3 training courses for all Tracscare staff. The training is outcome focused, providing innovative and inspirational content. Their determination to make a difference to the lives of people with disabilities is evident. They are enthusiastic and willing to try alternative approaches, tailored to the needs of the individuals they support. 

Alan Wingle, Support Worker, Liverpool Supported Living, category Support Worker Award. Alan is a Senior Support Worker who has been supporting one autistic individual for many years, within a Supported Living setting.

Alan works in an Autism friendly way, he understands Autism and the impact that Autism has on the person he supports. Alan has grown in confidence and has implemented all the Autism friendly ideas into all his approaches. Alan works with the person he supports to help them learn about their autism and the impact it has on their lives. 

This is a fantastic achievement and is just a testament to all our finalists hard work over the past year. It is brilliant to see them all getting the recognition they deserve.

We would like to wish all our finalists the very best of luck at the awards. The Award ceremony will take place on Friday 14th July and will be hosted at the ICC Birmingham. We will keep you updated of the results of the awards and well done again all.

For more infromation about the awards, please click here.