Autism Somerset wishes you every happiness over the Christmas period and looks forward to working with you all over the year ahead.
Here we profile some of the local people changes across health and social care during 2013.
Autism Somerset founder and NAS member Campbell Main was awarded the Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust Chairman’s Award for 2013. Read more »
Helen Brown Somerset National Autistic Society Branch Officer obtained a Bachelor of Philosophy in Autism (Adults) from Birmingham University. Her final dissertation was about whether there is a need for and what a support group(s) should do for parents and carers of adults on the autistic spectrum in Somerset.
Michelle Payne was appointed Area Manager responsible for all adult services, provided by the National Autistic Society, across the South West. Read more »
Somerset County Council appointed George O’Neill as the new lead in the Commissioning Team for Mental Health. His role is to improve the way we commission mental health services in Somerset working very closely with NHS partners.
David Fothergill, Chairman of Somerset County Council, chose the National Autistic Society as one of his two chosen charities to support during his period in office. Read more »
Gary Maule, a local police community support officer (PCSO), won the Public Sector Hero category in the Heart of Somerset Community Awards for his work with young people with Autism and Asperger’s syndrome. Read more »
Somerset County Councillor William Wallace took on Cabinet responsibility for Adult Social Care, enabling Councillor Christine Lawrence to concentrate on Health and Well being.
Dr Stephen Ladyman became Chairman of Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. We said farewell to his predecessor Linda Nash and former Director of Health and Social Care Diana Rowe, both good friends to autism over the years.
The Asperger Specialist team at Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust welcomed Cenia Bahnsen, an Assistant Psychologist who works alongside Clinical Psychologist Jonathan Sharp. Read more »
Hayley Johnson, from Learning Disability services, began heading up the Asperger Consultancy Team, until the return of Team Manager Claire Healey in September 2014.
Mark Neary appeared as a guest blogger on the BBC News website to offer a personal insight into how the language of the social care system seems to make his life sound even less “normal” than it is. Read more »
Brenda Prentice, carer, campaigner and trustee for Somerset Community Care Matters at Mind in Taunton and West Somerset, won the 2013 Unpaid Carer Award at the Great British Care Awards. Read more »
Our former colleague Phil Matcham moved to a full time appointment to Healthwatch Somerset.