Dorset mental health apprentice recognised for third time

A Dorset mental health worker has been recognised for the support she provides to vulnerable people in crisis by bagging a top apprentice award.

Lisa Wilson was named runner-up in Health Education England’s Wessex Apprenticeship of the Year awards. She works for Dorset HealthCare as part of the adult community mental health team, helping to assess people’s support needs and work with them on their recovery.


Previous achievement

Her achievement follows her 2015 Learner of the Year accolade from The Dorset Apprenticeship Institute, and a further Health Education England (HEE) Wessex nomination in its Shine Awards, which acknowledge training excellence in the NHS.

The judges for the most recent award noted Lisa’s “positive impact” on her team and her work, which make her “a real advocate and role model”.


Helping empower people

Dorset HealthCare’s practice development lead Alex Matutino, who nominated Lisa for the awards, said: “Lisa regularly supports people who are in crisis, quickly building a rapport in often very difficult circumstances.

“She makes people feel safe and that their situation is not hopeless, and ensures their needs and wishes are properly heard.

“Patients and service users tell us that Lisa helps them to feel empowered when making choices about the care they receive, which often results in people feeling more confident and positive about their own abilities and potential.

“She is not afraid to challenge how services are delivered, and is a fantastic role model.”