Statement from the CEO- 11.1.2017

The Kent Autistic Trust is immensely proud to have achieved 'Outstanding' following an inspection from CQC in December 2016 for the respite services we offer from Woodville in Canterbury. This is especially rewarding for us because the whole organisation has worked continually to achieve the best outcomes for the people we support. We are skilful listeners with an unrivalled empathy, have an expert knowledge of Autism and a keen eye for detail; this has now been recognised by CQC.
The Board of Trustees are delighted that staff have been deservedly acknowledged for going the extra mile and showing immense commitment to people that are hard to reach and may be deemed as challenging.
Helen Jessup, the Registered Manager who has led her committed team has been close to tears having been told the news by Joan Hagan, the Development Manager taking the call from the Inspector. Helen is keen to stress that it is thanks to her amazing staff, the help and support of the Operational Manager, Adam Taylor, Quality Manager, Jemma Blair and the Trust's Positive Behavioural Support team that this has been a real possibility to finally achieve. We have been asked what the magic ingredient is. Well, the involvement in a service from top down and the incredible empathy and commitment from the staff and the Manager have been definitely key to the Inspector putting this service forward to be Outstanding.