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Opening Doors present our Accessible Clinic with awards

23 July 2021


Representatives from Opening Doors, the Norfolk-based advocacy organisation for people with learning disabilities, have presented the staff at James Paget with awards to recognise the Accessible COVID-19 Vaccination clinic that the hospital set up to support people to get their life-saving vaccination.

A man in a rainbow face mask - Francis from Opening Doors - hands over a glass award with a silver star on top to a woman - Rebecca, our Learning Disability specialist nurse - who is wearing a surgical face mask.

Francis Chennell, Aaron Honeyman, and Kieron Smith – who are members of the user-led group Opening Doors – gave an award to Rebecca Crossley, Learning Disability and Autism Liaison Nurse at James Paget, recognising her role in setting up the pioneering accessible vaccination clinic and the extensive engagement she led in working with people with learning disabilities and autism, their carers and families in making the clinic responsive to people’s needs.

Opening Doors also gave an award to the team that help to deliver the vaccines through the clinic at JPUH – including nurses Morag Wells, Linda Davis, Rachel Brice, and site lead Jonty Yazbek (pictured being handed the award by Kieron Smith).

Francis said: “We wanted to give awards to Rebecca and the team as a ‘thank you’ for helping us get our COVID-19 vaccinations, and for helping so many other people with learning disabilities and autism get theirs. The team at JPUH have worked really hard in making adjustments to help people with different needs get their jab – a huge thank you on behalf of everyone!”

Some of our team - four individuals including nurses and clinic organisers receive a rectangular glass award from an Opening Doors representative. The group stand outside with a green tree and a yellow wall behind them.

Our team and the Opening Doors team stand in a socially distanced group outside on a grassed area with a green tree and yellow wall behind them.