An invite to Buckingham Palace in recognition of outstanding contributions to learning disability and autism services in LLR

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Cheryl Bosworth, Head of Personalisation for the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Integrated Care Board (ICB) was “honoured” to receive an invitation to Buckingham Palace’s Royal Garden Party which was held to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Commonwealth.

Cheryl was nominated by the ICB’s Executive Management Team who wanted to recognise Cheryl’s contribution to the Learning Disabilities and Autism Collaborative and all that she has done to improve services for people who face too many inequalities in their lives.

Fay Bayliss, Assistant Director of Nursing and Integration at the Integrated Care Board said:

“This is a wonderful acknowledgement of the partnership work Cheryl has led and the difference she has made in countless people’s lives.”

Working for the NHS for 10 years, Cheryl’s roles have all had a focus on supporting people with learning disabilities and autistic people. During Covid, Cheryl co-chaired the working group for LDA which took joint working between agencies to the next level. This meant that health, social care and voluntary sector representatives all worked together to support those most vulnerable when their community services were closed. The group were also instrumental in changes to national guidance, ensuring people with a learning disability were prioritised for Covid vaccinations.

With integrated working strengthening since Covid, the partnership has been formalised and is now known as the LDA Collaborative. Cheryl has played a key role in the development of the LLR LDA Collaborative, which has achieved great success by improving many current services and developing new ones. These have had a positive impact on the lives of people with a learning disability and autistic people across LLR. The Collaborative has received great feedback from NHSE on their performance as well as many ‘good news’ stories from individuals who are benefitting from the work.

Reflecting on her visit to Buckingham Palace, Cheryl said:

“I feel very honoured to have been nominated to attend the Royal Garden Party as I genuinely feel that it is the strong partnership working across all agencies that has enabled us to make a real difference.  Without the support and dedication of my colleagues in other organisations, we would not have been able to achieve this – I was representing the whole LDA Collaborative yesterday.

“It was a traditionally British rainy day but that did not detract from the wonderful experience of being in such beautiful grounds and enjoying the delicious cakes, sandwiches and tea being served.  It was fantastic to catch a glimpse of Prince William and other members of the Royal Family through the sea of umbrellas. We also got to hear the fantastic music of the Royal Military Bands playing in the background. 

“I am so grateful to have experienced such a special day.”

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