Helen's story

It is 21 years since Helen qualified as a Registered Learning Disability Nurse, her first post as a staff nurse was in Hensol Hospital. Helen then transferred into a newly developed Specialist Residential Services, supporting individuals in transition out of the long stay hospital. In 2002 Helen then took up a post at one of the Acute Assessment Units (AAU) supporting individuals with mental health problems and challenging behaviour.

Helen was passionate about supporting people with learning disabilities who have complex mental health and behavioural needs however felt she would like to have the opportunity to support people in the community, pro-actively working to prevent admission and placement breakdown. In 2015 Helen took up post as Community Learning Disability Nurse in Community Learning Disability Team.

Helen was nominated for a Cavell Star Award by Paula Phillips, colleague and Lead Clinical Community Nurse, for going above and beyond for all service users and families she supports.

“Helen has developed an interest in supporting young people and their families during the transition to adult hood, this can be a time of anxiety and fear for young people and their families and there is a certain skill set needed to support people successfully during this time. Helen’s value base, clinical experience, calmness and professionalism has been key in positive outcomes she has supported young people and their families to achieve. Helen more than deserves this recognition.”

Receiving her Cavell Star Award was a complete surprise for Helen. She is currently on maternity leave and was invited to a team buffet where she was presented with the award.

On receiving her award, Helen said “It’s such a great accolade to be nominated by my colleagues, I really did not expect this!”

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