The MioCare (Made in Oldham) Group has received a nationally recognised quality mark for its work with adults who have autism.
The Autism Accreditation – awarded by the National Autistic Society (NAS) – assesses services against a wide ranging set of standards, identifying good practice and strengths in service provision.
Achieving the accreditation demonstrates MioCare – an Oldham Council-owned Community Interest Company – is a service that has a sound understanding of individuals on the Autistic Spectrum and sets the standard for autism care and practice.
MioCare currently provides support to adults with autism at a number of Supported Living properties across the borough.Assessors from the NAS visited Oldham in June and over three days carried out a number of assessments.
They also interviewed staff, service users and their families, carried out home visits, directly observed practice and reviewed all case files.
Their report, which recommended the service be officially accredited, said: “Staff consistently demonstrated high levels of professionalism and an unconditional positive regard for people with autism.”
MioCare received further plaudits after the awarding panel gave them a commendation for exceptional / outstanding practice and is considering them for an annual award at the NAS Professional Conference in 2017. The panel added: “The service is worthy of commendation for the high quality of overall provision made for adults with autism”.
Councillor Jenny Harrison, Cabinet Member for Social Care and Safeguarding, said: “To meet the challenging standards set down by the NAS is a major achievement and reaffirms our ongoing commitment to providing the highest quality of service for people with autism.
“Having a service in Oldham which meets such high standards will undoubtedly improve the quality of life for people with autism and their families.
“This accreditation is great news and is testament to all the support staff who are very committed and work incredibly hard to make a difference.”
Zahid Chauhan, MioCare Group Chairman said “This is a wonderful achievement for the MioCare Group and I would like to thank all the staff who go the extra mile every day in helping us deliver high quality outcomes for people with autism”