Specialist service provider celebrates after being shortlisted for its second national award


A leading specialist service provider is celebrating after being shortlisted for its second national professional award in recent months.

Outcomes First Group, which operates Hillcrest Children’s Services and Options Autism, is one of the largest specialist providers for young people and adults in England and Wales. It provides education and care to children, young people and adults with autism, complex needs, learning disabilities and social, emotional and mental health needs (SEMH).

The group was recently shortlisted as a finalist in the HealthInvestor Awards 2017, thanks to its continued commitment, investment and innovation in education.

The HealthInvestor Awards programme promotes excellence and recognises innovation in the independent healthcare sector.

Outcomes First Group is one of the finalists in the Specialist Care Provider of the Year award category.

Winners of the awards will be announced at a ceremony in London on Thursday June 1, which will be attended by representatives from Outcomes First Group.

Last year, Outcomes First Group received an Education Investor Award for the innovative way its in-house clinical team integrates with the education team in delivering shared goals.

Outcomes First chief executive officer, Graham Baker, said the recognition had come thanks to Outcomes First Group’s continued investment in education and vocational training.

“As a group, we have a firm commitment to providing important vocational training alongside the exceptional care we deliver,” said Mr Baker.

“The vocational training allows the people we support to gain important life skills that can often be taken for granted. We firmly believe that giving people the opportunity to learn skills in this puts them on the path to leading as independent a life as possible.

“This approach, which is expertly delivered by our committed staff, means better outcomes for the people we support.”

Mr Baker said Outcomes First Group’s approach leads to people developing real life skills.

“Achievements are recognised through the AQA unit award system, which sees people receive certificates once they have reached important milestones and levels of skill.

“Using a multi-disciplinary approach and working closely with a core team of in-house clinicians, we are able to be responsive to the changing needs of the young people and adults within our care. By putting the opinions of the people we support at the forefront, we have successfully implemented new communication and sensory activities that have had a positive impact on self-esteem, self-confidence and everyday skills.

Mr Baker added: “Our clinical team and staff continuously work together to ensure the highest standard of truly individual care, education and support, and it is fantastic that we have been shortlisted for another national award.”


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