STAFFORDSHIRE and Stoke on Trent Partnership NHS Trust’s Equality and Inclusion manager has scooped a ‘Special Recognition’ award for improving access for Deaf people to health and social care services.
Balwinder Kaur was presented the Hart award from Staffordshire-based charity DEAFvibe for her continued work in supporting Deaf people.
The Partnership Trust, one of the UK’s largest providers of health and social care, signed up to a Deaf Charter in February 2016 which sets out five pledges and commits to providing high quality care and support to Deaf people and their families.
Mrs Kaur was awarded the accolade together with Robin Ash, Access and Inclusion (BSL Charter) Officer for the British Deaf Association (BDA), for their instrumental work in the development and signing of the Trust’s Deaf Charter.
On receiving the award Mrs Kaur said: “It is a great honour and privilege to receive the Hart Award and to be recognised for supporting the local community. I feel truly humbled for the recognition from DEAFvibe so early in the Trust’s journey to reduce health and social care inequality and increase access to services and information for the local community.”
Partnership Trust Community Development Coordinator Lee Owen was also recognised during the ceremony, receiving a Hart award nomination in the category of ‘Outstanding Contribution to DEAFvibe’.
Lee was nominated for his work with the statutory and voluntary sectors to ensure smoother pathways for individuals accessing services and for his continued support in raising awareness of the work of the charity.
Lee said: “DEAFvibe is a valuable, local resource that offers personalised support for people that are deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing and I am overwhelmed and privileged to have been nominated for this award.”
Chief Executive Stuart Poynor said: “It is fantastic to see Trust staff being recognised for their great work. Balwinder and Lee’s work demonstrates the Trust’s commitment to improving access to services and supporting the deaf community. I would like to congratulate them both on receiving such recognition.”
Representatives from the Trust recently attended DEAFvibe UK’s annual See Me, Hear Me event in Stoke-on-Trent. The event offered an opportunity for Deaf, Hard of hearing, Deaf-blind and Visually impaired people to find out more about the services and support available to them.