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Emma Rafferty, who lives in Armagh, has won a prestigious award for her efforts in supporting people with autism and learning disabilities across Northern Ireland.

Priory Adult Care’s Regional Behaviour Specialist scooped The Positive Behaviour Support accolade of the prestigious Northern Ireland Learning Disabilities and Autism Awards. The Positive Behaviour Support Award recognises the team or individual who demonstrates evidence of best practice in their work.

  • Specialist from Priory Adult Care chosen for prestigious Northern Ireland Learning Disabilities and Autism Award
  • Emma was announced as a winner at Belfast ceremony
  • The judges were “hugely impressed by Emma’s professional and enthusiasm”

The judges were “hugely impressed by Emma’s professionalism and enthusiasm. She clearly articulated not only her depth of knowledge in her subject but also the wide range of positive impact she has directly made at a multitude of levels”.

Emma works with residents across Priory Adult Care in Northern Ireland, including at Apple Mews in Armagh. She helps residents to develop skills to manage their behaviours and improve the way they interact with others.

The winners of The Northern Ireland Learning Disabilities & Autism Awards were announced during an awards ceremony at The Hilton Hotel Belfast on 21 June.

The awards celebrate the successes of individuals, teams and businesses in the learning disabilities and autism sector. They acknowledge people who support those with learning disabilities and autism and recognise inspirational individuals with a learning disability and/or autism who make a real difference within their communities.

Priory Adult Care is a division within the renowned Priory Group, the mental healthcare specialists. Across more than 200 sites in the UK, it cares for people who have individual needs associated with a learning disability, autism, Asperger’s syndrome, or a mental health condition, and also offers residential, nursing and dementia care to older people with varying levels of need.

Emma said: “I am absolutely thrilled to have won this award. I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone at Priory Adult Care for everything they do to support me in my role. I also want to mention the residents I work with for really making the most of the support they receive.”

Rebekah Cresswell, Chief Operating Officer at Priory Adult Care, said: “We are really all very proud of Emma for everything she does for our residents in Northern Ireland. She always does her best for everyone she supports. It is great that she has been recognised externally for all her efforts.”