Mental health learning disabilities unit recognised at national awards ceremony. @AWPNHS

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Caption: (left to right) AWP’s Chief Operating Officer, Mathew Page, Daisy Service Manager, Dan Wilkins, Daisy Team Manager, Jo Blyth-Thomas and Interim Deputy Chief Operating Officer, Sarah Branton

A bespoke care unit for people with complex learning disabilities has been recognised for its work to support people to reach their full potential, as part of a national awards ceremony.

The Daisy Unit, which is part of the Green Lane Hospital site in Devizes, is operated by Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (AWP).

The unit and its staff were shortlisted for a National Mental Health 2018 Award in the category of Learning Disability and Autism, which is supported by NHS Improvement.

On Thursday 11 October members of the team travelled to Liverpool for the awards ceremony and were delighted to receive a Highly Commended.

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Daisy Service Manager, Dan Wilkins, said: “We were thrilled to have been shortlisted for this award and to have received a Highly Commended is a huge honour. This achievement demonstrates the hard work and dedication of the team who provide the service.

“We strive to understand the uniqueness of each individual and provide a totally person-centred environment which enables them to be managed safely and effectively but with the freedom to come and go as they please.”

The Daisy Unit, which opened in January 2017, is a purpose-built unit that was designed by residents and clinicians and provides care home facilities within a building that is registered as a hospital. It was designed to provide a community model of care for complex service users enabling them to reach their full potential and its development was part of a national drive to close learning disability hospital placements.