The first Personal Safety Award

Kevin Akers from the Community Team for People with Learning Disabilities (CTPLD) based at Savernake in Marlborough has won the first Wiltshire Health and Care Personal Safety Award.

2017 was the first year we’ve offered this award, in celebration of National Personal Safety Day and to reward innovation for safer working by teams and individuals.

The winner was selected by members of the Health, Safety & Wellbeing Forum in October. They were looking for examples of where improvements to lone worker arrangements had been made, a new system for personal safety had been introduced, or an innovative solution to safety and/or security issues found.

Kevin was nominated for the award for all the work he has put into the lone working policy which is shared across the service. His nominations read ‘This individual is very thorough in their work to ensure that the team are able to work in the community safely and ensures that they are updated on the policy on a regular basis. They also remind the teams as often as they can about the contents of the policy, especially the emergency assisted needed statement to ensure that team members remember what they are supposed to say if at risk when they phone into the team.’

Wiltshire Health and Care Managing Director, Douglas Blair presented Kevin with his award, after making a surprise visit to the team.

It is hoped that the award will continue in the future, celebrating best safety practice.

Well done Kevin!