Trainee psychiatrist Dr Laura Korb has won a prestigious award from the Royal College of Psychiatry for innovative work as a trainee to improve the Trust’s dementia pathway.
She has been awarded the Alec Shapiro Prize for an oral presentation she gave of her work as an ST5 for a Quality Improvement (QI) project with the Camden Learning Disability Service (CLDS), run jointly by C&I and Camden Council.
The prize is awarded in memory of Dr Alec Shapiro, a leading figure in the field of intellectual disability psychiatry and was presented to Laura at the College’s recent Annual Faculty of Intellectual Disability conference.
Laura said: “It is wonderful to be recognised for trying to improve the quality of care that service users receive. The Camden Learning Disability Service is a skilled and hard-working multi-disciplinary team that is making real changes to improve the lives of service users.”
Undertaking a QI project co-led by Angela Hassiotis, Professor in Intellectual Disability and a former C&I governor, and Dr Patsie Leaning, Lead Psychologist, Laura helped update the CLDS dementia pathway.
CLDS has a reputation for innovative work and is one of the first such services to run memory clinics for people with intellectual disabilities. Following new national guidelines though, the aim was to update dementia care processes.
Laura, now working for Haringey Learning Disability Service, used QI methodology to introduce a baseline cognitive assessment of all people with Down Syndrome by the age of 30.
Other developments included production of simple “Easy Read” material by the speech and language therapist, selection of an appropriate assessment tool and the involvement of Allied Health Professionals.
The team that Laura worked with also comprised Professor Hassiotis and CT2 Dr Adam Hughes; Community Lead Nurse Lynette Kennedy; Psychologists, Dr Patsie Leaning and Dr Jonathan Barnes; Occupational Therapist Rebecca Mason; Speech and Language Therapist Elyse Luxon; Accessible Information Officer, Richard Lohan, and Specialist Support Work Manager, Salome Bryant.
Pic caption: Dr Ken Courtenay, Chair of the Royal College of Psychiatry’s Faculty of Intellectual Disability, presents Laura with her prize.