What's happening around Huntercombe March 2012
Four Seasons makes Laing's Healthcare 20 Longlist - Vote Now!
Posted March 28th 2012
We are pleased to announce Four Seasons Health Care is one of 45
companies which have made the long listed for this year’s Laing’s
Healthcare 20 and unlike last year where the final top 20 list was
subjectively compiled the 2012 shortlist will be selected based on votes
from individuals involved in the sector.
After a year in
parliament - coming under more scrutiny than any other bill in living
memory - the Health and Social Care Bill is finally set to become law
which means that the UK will see a restructuring of healthcare that will
require a greater than ever, the need to know exactly who is at the top
of the independent healthcare game. It’s against this backdrop that the
Laing’s Healthcare 20 list returns – with the promise that the 2012
edition will provide the definitive list of the best organisations
operating within the independent health and social care sector today.
Healthcare 20 was launched last year. In a marked evolution from the
2011 edition, the compilation of this year’s report has begun with the
release of a ‘long list’ of 45 organisations cherry picked from the
sector by Laing & Buisson. Criteria which organisations were judged
against included financial muscle, performance over the past year and,
perhaps most importantly of all, influence in shaping UK healthcare.
names in this initial offering represent care providers, investors,
consultants and advisors which have played a fundamental role in the
sector in the past 12 months – as well as organisations which L&B
believe will be the 'ones to watch' in the future.
Laing & Buisson has now opened the voting so that readers of its
specialist market reports, business newsletters Community Care Market
news and Healthcare Market news and visitors to its website can
influence which 20 organisations are the most deserving of a place on
the 2012 list!
We are proud of what we have achieved over the past
year despite the unique challenges faced. We are one of the highest
rated quality providers in the sector and have been a key influence on
shaping the independent UK health and care sector we see today. This
success is down to our committment to quality care and the fact that
this committment is shared by our people. We have an enormous amount to
be proud of and hope that you also feel this way - so we ask that you
show this by voting for us! You have from now until the end of May to
cast your vote using the following link:
Cast your vote here.
Trio of new Centre Managers for The Huntercombe Group in the North East
Posted March 26th 2012
Leading independent specialist healthcare provider The
Huntercombe Group, has appointed three new managers in the North East.
John Horn has been appointed as manager at Elswick Hall Neurodisability Suite in Newcastle, Pat Griffiths at South
Quay Neurodisability Suite in Blyth,
and completing the appointments, Natasha Weisser, who takes the helm at Stanton Lodge Neurodisability Suite in Shiremoor.
John is a very
experienced health care professional, with a varied background. He first
qualified as SEN (MS) in August 1982, and completed further training in 1996.
John has held positions within the NHS and private sector in child, adult and
Pat is a very
experienced health care professional, with a varied background taking in
amongst other things, time as an Army nurse and midwife, as an Inspector for
CSCI (the predecessor of CQC), and in Care Home management.
An RGN, Natasha,
studied as a Nurse at Northumbria
University, where she
gained a 1st Class Honours Degree. She spent 7 years at North Tyneside
in Theatres, A & E and Emergency Medical Admissions departments, and was a
Senior Staff Nurse before leaving to join Stanton Lodge as Deputy Manager in
2010, where she has now been promoted to Manager.
Regional Manager for the North East, Colin Inglis, said, "The
Huntercombe Group has built a reputation for the quality of treatment provided
to people with brain injuries and neurodisabilities, and these new appointments
will enhance the strength of our services in the North East, for the benefit of
Notes to Editors
The Huntercombe Group provides wide-ranging professional treatment in
the areas of Mental Health, Acquired Brain Injury and Neurodisabilities,
Eating Disorders, Addiction, Learning Disabilities and Children with
Special Needs. The overall ethos of the group is to provide creative
solutions for complex needs whilst delivering the highest quality of
professional and personal care for rehabilitation, recovery and
The Huntercombe Group ensures that individuals entrusted to its care
are placed in services that are appropriate to their needs, will improve
their quality of life and wherever possible, rehabilitate them back into
For more information, visit www.huntercombe.com
or contact Andy Leonard, Regional Development Manager on 07876 545846 or email
“Dedicated” brain-injury rehabilitation team celebrates Headway accolade
Posted March 21st 2012
The care and clinical team at a Kent
neuro-rehabilitation unit run by The Huntercombe Group has celebrated gaining ‘Approved Provider’ accreditation by the UK’s
leading brain-injury charity.
Hothfield Manor Acquired Brain
Injury Centre’s 22-bed neuro-rehabilitation unit, near Ashford, is for patients
who have suffered serious brain-injury caused by major trauma as a result of
illness or accidents.
The prestigious Approved Provider status from the Headway charity means
the service is acknowledged as a high-quality specialist rehabilitation and
care provider for brain-injury patients with complex physical and cognitive
To mark the accolade, Government
Minister and Ashford MP, Damian Green, visited the unit on the day its staff
received the approved provider certificate from Headway.
Mr Green said: "I am delighted
to see what a first-rate facility we have in this area for those with acquired
brain-injury. The need for quick rehabilitation is key and at Hothfield it is
available through some of the most modern treatment areas. We are lucky to have
this in the Ashford area."
Headway’s Caroline Prosser praised
the neuro-rehabilitation team for its person-centred approach.“The dedicated team at the unit evidently takes great pride in devising
detailed care plans to meet the needs of each individual client,” she said.
“Their ‘can do’
attitude and enthusiasm is a major strength. We are pleased that Hothfield
Manor has become the latest specialist brain injury unit to receive Headway Approved
The unit’s manager, Rob Bunting,
said the Headway accreditation is recognition that the region’s brain-injury
patients will receive the best rehabilitation available.
He said: “We provide the
person-centred clinical and nursing rehabilitation expertise, therapies and
activities to help them make a good recovery so they can manage their lives
better and hopefully return home or to a community setting.
“Above all else, this Headway
accreditation is all down to the excellent work of our therapy and nursing
The Huntercombe Group’s most recent
other brain-injury service to gain Approved Provider status from Headway wasFrenchay Brain Injury Rehabilitation Centre, in
Only services complying with the
standards and assessment criteria identified by Headway receive the
accreditation, and are included in Headway’s ‘Directory of Approved Providers’
for use by families and professionals.
lasts for two years and includes an unannounced inspection during this time.
More details on Hothfield Manor Acquired Brain Injury
Centre, including the neuro-rehabilitation unit
to right standing: Rikki Gandolf, Southeast Regional Co-ordinator of
Headway; Damian Green, MP Ashford; Rob Bunting, Hothfield Centre
Manager; Susan Baker, Hothfield Speech and Language Therapist; Tanya
Hodnett, Senior Centre Manager Southeast, The Huntercombe Group.
Left to right seated: Kathryn
Coade, previous Hothfield client; Margaret Bush, Hothfield Lead Nurse
Early intervention vital for eating disorders, writes Huntercombe consultant psychiatrist
Posted March 21st 2012
Consultant psychiatrist Dr Agnes
Ayton has emphasised the importance of early diagnosis and intervention of
In an in-depth feature for Mental
Health Today magazine, Dr Ayton, who works at Huntercombe Hospital Stafford’s
Wedgewood Unit, argued that early detection of eating disorders was vital to
prevent “devastating effects on young
people’s quality of life and physical health.”
In her in-depth four-page feature,
Dr Ayton wrote: “With increasing numbers of younger children receiving
treatment for eating disorders, it is clear that recognising and treating
eating disorders is key to preventing them developing into more serious and
potentially life-threatening illnesses.”
Dr Ayton, one of the UK’s leading eating disorders clinicians, warned that “as
healthy eating and dieting have become part of normal life, the risks of taking
it to extreme are easily overlooked. However, in some vulnerable young people,
dieting can get out of control and lead to anorexia nervosa.”
Dr Ayton’s feature, entitled ‘Dying
To Be Thin’, summarised international research on eating disorders treatment.
It had previously appeared in the November 2011 edition of School Health
Dr Ayton has more than 25 years of clinical experience. Her acclaimed book, Anorexia Nervosa: Hope for Recovery, was
published last year, and was written for carers and patients to understand and
recover from the illness.
In February, Dr Ayton was also
interviewed by Heart FM West Midlands radio for a news item on Eating Disorders
See also: Media coverage in the Worcester News on Huntercombe
Hospital Cotswold Spa’s innovative intensive eight-week treatment programme for
young people with eating disorders.http://www.worcesternews.co.uk/features/jamesconnell/9574125.It___s_our_mission_to_help_anorexics_battle_illness/
* PDF of Dr Agnes Ayton’s Mental Health Today feature, ‘Dying to be
thin’ - Download from: http://huntercombe.com/binary/dnGa.pdf
* Dr Agnes Ayton: Anorexia Nervosa: Hope for Recovery
* The Huntercombe Hospital Stafford is a child and adolescent mental health
service for young people aged 12-18 years.The Wedgwood unit provides
a specialist service for the treatment of eating disorders for a maximum of 15