What's happening around Huntercombe April 2014

Appointment of Chief Executive Officer of The Huntercombe Group
Posted April 14th 2014

The Huntercombe Group, one of the UK’s leading specialist healthcare providers, has appointed Valerie Michie as Chief Executive Officer. She is currently Managing Director of Serco Health.

She has successfully achieved a turnaround in business performance and plotted significant growth for Serco in the UK, Middle East and Australia, by following her underlying belief in improving quality and enhancing the patient experience.

The Huntercombe Group is the specialist care business of Four Seasons Health Care, the UK’s largest independent elderly and specialist care provider, which is owned by Terra Firma, a leading private equity firm. Huntercombe has 60 hospitals and specialist units providing care, treatment and rehabilitation services in areas of mental health and brain injury.

Valerie Michie has previously held senior management positions at Serco Integrated Services, Alfred McAlpine Business Services and KPMG consulting. She is a board member of HealthcareUK and the chair of the CBI health committee. She is expected to take up her appointment with The Huntercombe Group in the summer.

Valerie Michie said: “There is nothing more important to me than improving the lives of the people that we serve and supporting our staff to give of their best. I am excited to be joining the Huntercombe Group team and look forward to contributing to its ongoing success story. Huntercombe’s reputation is founded on clinical excellence and innovation and I will continue to hold those attributes dear.”

​Ian Smith, Chairman and interim Group CEO of Four Seasons Health Care, said: “Valerie has a successful track record in the health sector and in leading businesses providing critical services that people rely on. Over the past several years Huntercombe has trebled in size and has achieved a well-deserved reputation as one of the UK’s leading specialist healthcare providers. Valerie will bring valuable expertise to our Group and I look forward to working with her.”

Guy Hands, Chairman and Chief Investment Officer of Terra Firma, said: "We are delighted to welcome Valerie as the CEO of The Huntercombe Group. Her expertise will be invaluable in building the business through clinical excellence and innovation to deliver the best outcomes for patients and value for the commissioners of healthcare services."


Further information
Four Seasons: Robert Mitchell, Tel 07976 51483; email: RMitchell@MWW.com
Terra Firma: Ryan O’Keeffe, Tel 07887 834 651; email: Ryan.OKeeffe@RLMFinsbury.com.

About The Huntercombe Group
The Huntercombe Group is one of the UK's leading specialist healthcare providers, with 61 hospitals and centres located throughout England and Scotland, delivering wide ranging professional treatments in the areas of: Adult Mental Health and Learning Disabilities, Brain Injury and Neurodisability, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), Eating Disorders, Addictions and Children with Specialist Needs. The Huntercombe Group is a division of Four Seasons Healthcare, the UK's leading health and social care provider. http://huntercombe.com/

Huntercombe Group to take part in National Autistic Society’s International Conference on Offenders with Intellectual and Developmental Disability
Posted April 2nd 2014

One of the UK’s independent, specialist healthcare providers, The Huntercombe Group, is supporting the National Autistic Society’s 13th ‘International Conference on Offenders with Intellectual and Developmental Disability’ from 10th - 11th April 2014 and highlighting their clinical expertise in this area.

Held at Northumbria University, Newcastle, the two-day conference will be attended by professionals from services providing care for offenders with a learning disability and/or developmental disabilities, including autism. In addition to Huntercombe sponsoring the event, six of their clinicians, who are highly experienced in forensic mental health, autistic spectrum disorders and learning disability, will be presenting their papers in a number of sessions, which include:

  • Claire Cottrell’s and Vicky Hatton (Assistant Psychologists) ‘Adapting anger management and substance abuse treatment for mild intellectual disability’
  • Dr Fawad Kaiser (Consultant Psychiatrist) ‘Correlating HCR-20 and HoNOS scores in detained forensic learning disabled patients to determine consistency in violence risk prediction’
  • Jo Hebb (Specialist Programme Lead) ‘Using the Good Lives Model to improve autonomy and recovery and reduce risk with a client with mild learning disability and a history of fire setting’
  • Adam Nicholas Pickford (Head of Social Work) ‘“I feel safe here.” Identifying lessons learned and organisational training and procedural requirements, by analysis of the annual report for adult safeguarding referrals for 2013 at a low secure hospital for adults with autism and learning disabilities’
  • Peter T. Ford (Head of Psychology) ‘Planning therapy and assessing change in autism using the Spectrum Star’

The conference will also feature presentations from eminent international speakers on effective models of care and intervention strategies, as well as providing information on legal aspects and criminal justice systems and how they relate to disabilities. Smaller scale discussions will also be held in concurrent sessions, enabling delegates to exchange information on current research, training and policy making taking place in different countries.

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