Bill Whittle, Youth Project Leader at Bladon House School and his team have won the ‘Special Education’ category in the finals of the Independent Specialist Care Awards. The awards which are hosted by healthcare intelligence provider Laing & Buisson celebrate the work of carers who strive to achieve excellence in the support of some the country’s most vulnerable service users.
Bill and the team were one of 58 finalists to fight it out for top accolades in 14 categories. Bill and the team were praised for his development of the Schools Duke of Edinburgh Scheme and other community based opportunities which have significantly improved the life skills and self esteem of young people with complex health needs and moderate to severe learning difficulties that attend the school either on a day or residential basis.
Judges of this year’s event included Lord Victor Adebowale, the Department of Health’s mental health tsar Bruce Calderwood and his NHS counterpart Steve Shrubb, Chief Executive of the English Community Care Association (ECCA) Martin Green and head of the new elderly care group HC-One Dr Chai Patel.
The awards were presented by comedienne Ruby Wax at a gala dinner at the London Marriott Grosvenor Square and were attended by Directors, frontline carers and service users. As well as Special Education and Care for children and young people other winners represented the best providers in a range of specialities from homecare, supported living and brain rehabilitation to commissioning, training, legal services and investment.