Thursday, 22 September 2022
Annabella Dyer, who works within the Deaf Adult Community Team here at South West London and St George’s, has been named as the winner of the Trust’s Exceptional People Award for July.
Annabella began working for the Trust in 2000 as an Assistant Psychologist in the National Deaf child and adolescent mental health service (CAMHS). After a brief hiatus, she returned to the Trust in 2007 to work for Corner House, the Deaf CAHMS Inpatient unit, for 15 years before recently joining our Deaf Adult Community Team.
The team over at Corner House have described Annabella as “the glue on the unit”, using her experience and understanding to inform and equip everyone in the team. As a child of deaf adults, British Sign language is Annabella’s first language, which allows her to have a unique understanding of the interface between the deaf and hearing worlds, and has shaped her approach to her work.
Annabella’s colleagues are full of praise, and said: “Annabella is exceptional in her ability to engage with others, even in the most demanding circumstances. She is able to keep the primary focus of the care of the patient in mind, advocating and supporting initiatives to the benefit of deaf young people, especially those who present with highly complex difficulties.”
Upon learning that she had been named as the winner of July’s Exceptional People Award, Annabella said: “I have enjoyed my job at Corner House immensely and have learnt so much about working with deaf children and their families, whilst also making some great friends along the way.
“I am really touched that someone has put me forward for this award and it has come as a nice surprise.”
Annabella will receive a certificate, a gift, and our thanks for her valued service to the Trust and patients.
Every month we recognise and reward a staff member that has made a real difference to the Trust, our people and our patients.