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Team Wins Major UK-award for Helping Children with Autism

Andrea Brammer Award April 14Andrea Brammer, risk manager and paediatric radiographer, and colleagues at the Trust (including Frances Binns, therapeutic and specialist play consultant, Ruth Morgan, professional lead, occupational therapy, therapy and dietetic service and Emily Broughton, assistant clinical effectiveness manger) have won a major UK award for their work in improving access to healthcare for children and young people with autism. The award is the Unite the Union working together award within the 2014 Advancing Healthcare awards for allied health professionals, healthcare scientists and those who work with them.

Obtaining diagnostic test results for children and young people with autism can be particularly challenging. More patients with autism are now accessing the radiology service and from lessons learnt from patient complaints and incident reporting, new strategies needed to be introduced.

All customer-facing staff now participate in 'Positive About Autism' training designed to support AHPs' interventions. Patients' needs are assessed, findings shared with the multidisciplinary team and a care pathway devised for each patient.

Visual communication tools are now used with patients and a photographic journey has been developed to the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanner. A 'dos and don'ts' poster guides staff behaviours and attitudes.The very strong teamwork with clear AHP leadership was noted by the judges. They liked the attention to detail and the fact that the project is highly transferrable.

The 2014 awards were presented by Roy Lilley, NHS commentator and author, at a celebration lunch on Friday at the Grand Connaught Rooms in London. The awards, in their eighth year, are organised by Chamberlain Dunn for allied health professionals, healthcare scientists and those who work along side them.

They are sponsored by NHS England, NHS Employers, Unite the Union, the Scottish,

Welsh and Northern Ireland health departments, Health Education England, the Academy for Healthcare Science, the Institute for Physics and Engineering in Medicine, the Allied Health Professions Federation, the Society and College of Radiographers, Pulse, GateHouse and Caboo Design.