Staff Choice Awards 2018/19
Clinical Achievement Award

Sue Bridges

Is the winner of this award

Job title
Professional Lead, Learning Disabilities/Autism 

The nomination said...

Sue has been recognised for her brilliant work implementing the Green Light Toolkit across the Trust through receiving a national award as the best learning disability nurse in England! Sue was one of nine nurses shortlisted in The Learning Disability Nurse Award category of The National Learning Disabilities & Autism Awards 2018, and emerged as the overall winner.

Also, due to her work, NSFT was one of just six organisations shortlisted in The Employer Award (Not for Profit) category for the high-quality care it provides to people with learning disabilities and / or autism. And we have also now been shortlisted for the Learning Disabilities Nursing category of the Nursing Times Awards 2018.

This is an incredible achievement and I don’t know anyone in the Trust more deserving of the Clinical Achievement Award.

Sue is based in Endeavour House, Ipswich, but her role takes her across both counties where her responsibilities include offering clinical advice, delivering training to staff and liaising with partner organisations. Our Trust has almost 200 Green Light Champions who are led by Sue. These are people with a particular interest or expertise in learning disabilities and / or autism who promote best practice.

I commend Sue for this award in recognition of her dedication to improving the experience of people with a learning disability and / or autism in need of mental health services. Some of her key achievements are:

  • Introducing Green Light Champions into the Trust. We now have almost 200 for whom Sue is their professional lead.
  • Overseeing implementation of the Green Light Toolkit best practice standards for people with LD and autism accessing mental health services. The Green Light Toolkit enables adjustments to be made to ensure these service users receive healthcare in the same way as everyone else.
  • Sue is our main link with the University of Bristol’s Learning Disabilities Mortality Review (LeDeR) Programme. This is a national research project approved by the Department of Health and Social Care, and a world-first. The programme recognises that every early unexpected death of a person with LD needs to be reviewed and is ultimately about making improvements to the lives of people with learning disabilities.

Sue is not someone who seeks the limelight. It would be more accurate to say the limelight found Sue!

She is a humble, dedicated nurse who works tirelessly to make the world a better place for those with LD. She is passionate about ensuring not only that people with LD and autism are active participants in their own care but also have opportunities to contribute to the shape of LD services now and in the future. This demonstrates par excellence that Sue is motivated by true respect for people with LD, and this informs her very positive view of what can be achieved through working collaboratively with people who are marginalised by other parts of society.

But it is not only people with LD and autism who recognise and benefit from Sue’s wonderful qualities because she is equally liked and respected by all her colleagues.