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Rashmi Becker, PHD Researcher in the Department of Psychiatry is recognised for her 'Outstanding Contribution to Innovation' at the National Learning Disabilities and Autism Awards.

PhD Student Rashmi Becker was recognised for her Outstanding Contribution to Innovation at National Learning Disabilities and Autism Awards which took place at the ICC Birmingham on 14th July 2016.

The gala awards ceremony was attended by over 700 people from the learning disabilities and autism sector. The awards celebrated excellence across the sector and paid tribute to those individuals who have demonstrated outstanding excellence within their field of work. Show delegates and Awards guests represented all areas of the sector, including inspirational people with a learning disability, charities, private care providers, residential and nursing homes and local authority adult social care departments. The one thing these individuals had in common was that they epitomised the unsung heroes of our communities. Without such individuals, quality, person centred support for people with a learning disability would fail.

On winning the award Rashmi said: “I was stunned to hear my name announced as winner of the Outstanding Contribution to Innovation Award. It is an absolute honour and humbling to receive such recognition and definitely a career highlight. The work I do is rewarding in itself and the energy and determination I bring to what I do is driven by a passion to make a difference. But to receive this national award in front of an audience who are all working hard to improve people’s lives is a real privilege and further motivates me to do much more to enable people with learning disabilities and autism to live their life to the full”.

The awards were hosted by TV personality Christopher Biggins and support for the event included Mencap, The Association for Real Change (Arc), Care England, Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE), Voluntary Organisations Disability Group (VODG), as well other sector and commercial organisations.

You can read about Rashmi’s work in Issue 53 of Care Talk Magazine (page 16): http://www.caretalk.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Care-Talk-Issue-53....

Date awarded

14 July 2016

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Rashmi receiving the Outstanding Contribution to Innovation Award