20 Oct Introducing Leah Sadoka, Social Worker at The Avalon Centre
Leah, a qualified Social Worker with 11 years’ statutory social work experience in child protection, hospital discharge, community learning disability provision, safeguarding (MASH) and forensic mental health in medium/low secure settings is a well-regarded member of the Transdisciplinary Team at The Avalon Centre, the new 20 bed Neurobehavioural Rehabilitation Service in Swindon. She started her healthcare career more than sixteen years ago as a support worker with the NHS and the years of hands on experience ultimately led her to make the decision to undertake her Social Work training.
Leah brings extensive experience of safeguarding adults and children as well as working with patients detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 (as amended 2007). Her knowledge of The Care Act 2014 in relation to safeguarding, carers’ assessment and the use of advocacy will support the patient and their relatives to remain safe and ensure that their voices are heard and their views considered. She is passionate about empowerment and recognises how important it is for families, carers and patients to have as much information as possible following a brain injury to support them to make the choices that work for them so that the best outcomes possible are achieved.
Having also qualified as a DoLS Assessor in 2016, she is practiced in supporting patients with DoLS applications, Best Interest Meetings and Court of Protection matters. Her commitment to liaising with other statutory services and local safeguarding teams will ensure discharges to the community are well coordinated and safe for all.
Leah enjoys her new role working as a Social Worker who is part of the team that assesses and plans each patient’s individualised Neurobehavioural Rehabilitation programme and is committed to making safeguarding a priority in all areas of her work. Elysium and the team have welcomed Leah with her positive, inclusive attitude and the energy she brings to the service.