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Jonathan was awarded the Outstanding Contribution to Social Care Award at the South East regional Great British Care Awards in Brighton on the 18th of November. This special award is presented to the individual whom the judges believe has made a long-term outstanding contribution to social care, it’s a huge achievement and we’re immensely proud of our CEO and his dedication to disrupting social care for the better.

As a recognised thought leader in Positive Behaviour Support, Jonathan has established Intensive Support Teams in the NHS in Hampshire, mapped the needs of offenders with learning disabilities across the Southwest for the Department of Health, held the position of Learning Disability Policy Manager for the Care Quality Commission, and been Chief Operations Officer for a national social care provider. Jonathan established PBS4 to demonstrate what high-quality clinically led social care that is underpinned by Positive Behaviour Support should look like. He is also the Professional Lead for Learning Disabilities and Neurosciences with the Royal College of Nursing.

This is what the judges had to say: “Jonathan suffered a life-threatening injury in his younger years and through his strength and determination gained his ability to focus on building his life. After many years of hard work, nurse training and commitment Jonathan became the founder and CEO of PBS4, supporting several members of the community to receive specific, detailed and specialist care. His dedication and commitment to supporting and improving the lives of people is unquestionable.”

Jonathan wasn’t the only PBS4 team member to be nominated that evening, PBS4 were proud to be nominated for 6 separate awards, see below for all nominations:

Jonathan was joined by Enablement Managers Faith Foster and Chantelle Noory, Deputy Enablement Manager, Guy Clauer, HR Business Partner, Nicola Gillie, Recruitment and Marketing Business Partner, Zoe Talbot, Office Manager, Georgia Triffitt-Harwood, Administrator Annie Langdon and Training Leads, Jon Parker, and Carla Barker.

Speaking about the night and his win, Jonathan said: “There are so many people doing amazing things in social care, and I am humbled when hearing about the other great people who had been shortlisted in this category. The Great British Care Awards celebrate people across all health and social care settings, so I think it is amazing that I have been recognised in these regional awards. I hope it helps to raise the profile of learning disability nurses, learning disability social care, and the great work small not-for-profit social enterprises are achieving. It will be exciting to attend the national finals in March!”

It was a fantastic night for everyone involved, celebrating social care with so many like-minded people and organisations doing great things. James Argent hosted the event, and attendees were treated to an incredible performance from a Dolly Parton Tribute. Jonathan even got on stage to be her Kenny Rodgers for a surprise rendition of ‘Islands in the Stream’, head to our social media to watch!

As a winner of the regional award, Jonathan will now go to the national finals to be held in Birmingham on March 17th, 2023! Congratulations Jonathan and fingers crossed for next year!

Written by: Charly Richards