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National recognition for Shropshire Council trainer at National Learning Disabilities Awards 2015

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Shropshire Council staff member Mary Johnson has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award, for her contribution to making a real difference to people’s lives.

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

Mary is a staff development officer in the council’s Joint Training team. She was nominated by Liz Casson, registered manager with Midland Heart, for a learning programme she designed and developed about positive risktaking, using person-centred models. This programme was delivered to people with learning disabilities alongside their support staff, making real differences to people’s lives.

Stephen Chandler, Shropshire Council’s director of adult social care, said:

“I would like to congratulate Mary on being nominated for this important award. It’s great that her hard work and dedication has been recognised in this way. I wish her the best of luck.”

Ann Chivers, British Institute of Learning Disabilities’ chief executive, said:

“We wanted to find a way to pay tribute to those whose dedication and hard work has a huge impact on the lives of people with learning disabilities and their families. These awards are a celebration and recognition of their outstanding work. This award will acknowledge the importance of trainers in ensuring that staff are equipped with the skills and knowledge needed to provide really good support.”

The finalist will be announced at a gala event on Friday 15 May 2015. This event will be hosted by the British Institute for Learning Disabilities (BILD) and Care Talk magazine in association with the team behind the Great British Care Awards, also supported by the Department of Health, Mencap, the Care Quality Commission, Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) and Skills for Care.