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The Prader-Willi Syndrome Academy; curated by the people we support with PWS

Where every moment matters, our Learning & Organisational Development team have been expanding the learning, training, and development opportunities across Consensus. Growing a variety of courses to help both our services and central support colleagues to develop their skills, knowledge, and understanding of Autism, Learning Disabilities, Complex Needs, and Prader-Willi Syndrome – personal and professional development is weaved into everything we do.
 
Being a leading provider in Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS) care, the L&OD Team have been developing the PWS Academy; an interactive and engaging digital academy hearing from those who’s voice matters most, those living with PWS. Sharing their stories and experiences, they’re helping to educate colleagues on the unique challenges they face on a daily basis.
 
Launched in April 2024, the digitalisation of the PWS Academy allows even more colleagues to access PWS training. Easily accessible, easy to fit in around different schedules , and easy to understand and follow, the Consensus Academy is focused on making training accessible for all.
 
Split into 4 important areas, our PWS Academy includes;
  • What is PWS? – learning about what PWS is and how it affects people.
  • PWS & ME – hearing real life stories from the people we support about their experiences.
  • PWS Support – finding out ways to support someone with PWS.
  • PWS Resources – providing information about PWS supporting documents.
 
Helping to better support and understand those with PWS, our PWS academy has been rated 4.5/5 for how well our colleagues say the training prepared them for supporting someone with PWS. And recently being recognised as a UK’s Best Workplace for Development™, we’re proud to see our new development opportunities at Consensus being highly rated and making a positive difference to the support we deliver.
 
Hearing from our colleagues, here’s some of their feedback on our PWS Academy;
 
“It was so easy to understand, very interactive and engaging.”
“Great for anyone joining a PWS service, everything is well explained and the length of training was just right.”
“I loved hearing the families sharing their experiences and insight.”
“My favourite part was listening to the people we support talk about PWS with their own expertise.”
“The modules were broken down into easy to understand sections, with useful and specific information.”
 
Supporting people to embrace life, celebrate every moment, and inspire; the PWS Academy is all about the people we support with PWS, filmed with them involved. It’s about them, by them.

Being recognised as one of the UK's Best Workplaces for Development™, we're always striving to support our colleagues with their personal and professional development. Find out what a career at Consensus looks like, and find your moment to shine, flourish, and belong.

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