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Hospital staff awarded for improving lives of patients with learning disabilities

Award learning disabilities

Two members of staff from Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust have received Southend City Jubilee and Queens Memorial Awards 2023.

Sarah Haines, Head of Patient Experience, and Paula Pearl, Learning Disability Liaison Nurse Specialist, were given awards in recognition for their ongoing work to improve the healthcare of people with learning disabilities in Southend.

That has seen them help over 4,100 patients with learning disabilities in Southend Hospital, from making reasonable adjustments to help patients have a more positive experience in hospital to supporting them in theatre by holding their hand and offering them reassurance until they are fully sedated. 

Sarah, said: “We are both very proud to receive the award and it is a pleasure to support the community and help make a real difference in the lives of others using our hospitals.”

Paula added: It was a real surprise and honour to be given this award, it is made even more special knowing we were nominated by patients.”

The awards celebrate the amazing work done by the nominees who were recognised as going above and beyond the call of duty in helping those who most need it.

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