Spotlight on… Autus Court Manager Flora Siddall
28 Apr 2016
The 32-year-old has worked her way up from support worker to her current position as Registered Manger at Autus Court in Barnet and says the experience has given her valuable care insights.
She says: “When you start right at the coal face you get such great access to the wonderful individuals we support and you hear first hand what their needs and desires are.
“That’s been invaluable information as I’ve progressed through my career because now as a manager I’m in a position to really influence how Autus Court is run and to ensure that what we do has a real positive impact on the daily lives of our service users.
“I really don’t think there’s any replacement for those years of hard earned experience and getting to know autism care inside out – I’m sure it’s made me a better manager.”
Autus Court, the autism-specialist, learning disabilities and mental health residential service, has gone from strength to strength under Flora’s leadership.
Just last November it was given a glowing report by the independent Expect The Best audit team, was rated ‘Outstanding’ by Precious Homes’ own external audit process and ranked second out of all its services across the UK.
Flora explains that the team spirit at Autus Court has been key to the success of the service.
She says: “I want to say a big thank you to all our team. It’s been a great year and we can clearly see that all our hard work has delivered a first class service here at Autus Court, which has been reflected in these inspections.
“Over the next 12 months I want to see more of the same fantastic work, I want us to continue to be innovative, continue to think outside the box and use that to benefit the individuals we support.”
Investing in staff and their development is central to the positive ethos at Autus Court. All staff receive specialist autism training which helps them understand what it is like to live with autism and how someone with autism processes the world differently.