We would like to wish Ciara McGill (Feehan) huge congratulations for her inspiring work with an adult who has a diagnosis of learning disability and Autism. Ciara (an OT in the Southern Health and Social Care Trust (SHSCT) Adult Learning Disability Team and also our Postgraduate Diploma in SI Student of the Year), came runner up with her poster presentation based on this work, that she submitted to the SHSCT AHP Best Practice Awards.
Ciara was approached by the Trust after they had their application for private treatment declined. The Trust was looking for another approach for the patient’s care-plan and thought that Ciara, with her training in SI, might be able to help.
Over the next 3 months, Ciara worked with the patient and his support team to bring about considerable changes in his care-plan by using SI techniques and interventions. All this work took place after hours in a paediatric treatment space, which Ciara and her manager had negotiated via a separate Directorate to use.
Following this programme of care, Ciara then trained the support team and made recommendations on how to help with his self-regulation in the future. The team, who were previously apprehensive about working so closely with the client, were empowered by their SI training and are now confident in caring for him.
Ciara submitted her experiences to the Southern Trust AHP Best Practice Event which was showcasing stories directly from patients and services. She provided evidence of her SI work as a poster presentation, and was delighted to be given the runner up award.