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Vicky Hazeldine, Registered Manager at Black Country Community Services (covering Goldcrest Court, Turaco View and Osprey Mews) has recently completed a train-the-trainer course with the National Autistic Society (NAS) – enabling her to deliver training that will help to improve outcomes and service provision.
As a Registered Learning Disability Nurse with more than ten years of experience working with autistic people, as well as a Masters degree in Autism, this is a subject close to Vicky’s heart. The three-day course equips Vicky with everything that she needs to deliver accredited NAS training to the Dudley team, before working with the company’s Learning and Development team to roll the training out to the wider company.
Vicky explains, “The training I attended equips me to deliver the NAS Essential Autism course, which provides an understanding of autism as well as supportive strategies and how they can be adapted to ensure the best possible support and understanding.”
Ensuring that all of the Dudley team have had the training will also equip the team with the skills required to pursue NAS Accreditation at BCCS.
The NAS Autism Accreditation is UK’s only autism-specific quality assurance programme of support and development for organisations providing services to autistic people. It is a way for Precious Homes to show that we offer excellent support which is focussed on the specific needs of every individual.
Vicky continues, “Both the training and the accreditation offer reassurance for families and commissioners alike. Ensuring the NAS training is rolled out at Precious Homes helps to ensure that we offer a more autism-focused service with better outcomes for the autistic people we support. The accreditation – and the preparation work currently underway to achieve it – provides a framework to truly personalise support, challenge our own assumptions and embrace continual improvement. It also provides some great opportunities for co-production – really ensuring that the autistic people we work with are included within the process to ensure that the support we offer is the best that it can be.”