"I like the happy atmosphere at Ashley House Hospital, there is a great relationship between staff and clients."
Staff Nurse, Ashley House Hospital
“Every patient or client with a brain injury or complex neurological condition can, with the right person-centred interventions delivered by the right team at the right time on their treatment journey, have an improved quality of life irrespective of their neurological difficulty.”
With over 20 years’ experience in the field of brain injury rehabilitation and brain injury care, The Huntercombe Group offers specialist neuro rehabilitation and care for patients with brain injuries and other highly complex neurological conditions at its 19 locations across England and Scotland.
We have contracts with NHS England in relation to Level 1 Specialist Neurorehabilitation Services at Frenchay Bristol and Blackheath London for patients with highly complex needs and with CCG's and Local Authorities for slow stream neurorehabilitation, complex neurological management and neuro palliative care, in addition we hold contracts with Scottish Health Boards and Local Authorities for our services in Scotland. We work to ensure that the personalised care we provide, in every case, fully meets the patient’s personal requirements and encourages that patient to achieve their maximum potential in terms of their quality of life.
Our priority is focused on the patient in providing the very best and most appropriate care via our team of clinical specialists and multi-disciplinary therapy and specialist nursing teams in providing packages of care that are both tailored and innovative and place the patient at the heart of effective healthcare delivery.
We remain active in participating in research and NHS research networks, working together with universities on clinical nurse and psychology placements and gained 100% CQUIN compliance this quarter. We remain committed to the submission of effective patient outcomes in order for our services to remain at the forefront of brain injury service provision and subscribe to measures including : UKROC, HONos, Northwick Park and Bartel.In addition to industry standard outcomes we consistently engage with patients and commissioners currently engaged in our services to understand how we can continue to effectively improve on the services and care we deliver.We align our services across the industry standards set out by the British Society of Rehabilitation Medicine.
Our facilities are focused on recovery supporting patients to live as independent and fulfilling a life as possible. Where this may be more difficult, for example for patients with physically limiting conditions, Our aim is to provide the highest standards of therapeutic carein environments conducive to wellbeing.Our facilities range from purpose built to independent living flats all have been resourced to provide patients with a home from home environment.
Specialist Rehabilitation for patients with highly complex needs - all ages ( Level 1 )
These highly specialised Tertiary services are funded by NHS England. Typically suitable for individuals with a brain injury or other complex neurological condition, who no longer require the high level of nursing or medical care provided by an NHS hospital but who, on assessment, would really benefit from an intensive but short period of neurological rehabilitation from an on-site multi-disciplinary team and pool of neurological specialists and professionals who provide both medical and neuropsychiatric support.
The majority of individuals using this type of service are in the very early stages of recovery from their brain injury, but this service is also suitable for those people who have been living with a brain injury for some time but who, due to a change in their personal circumstances, would now benefit from this high level of input. A GP or hospital consultant can organise an assessment to determine whether this service would be of benefit to an individual.
Our Level 1 services at Frenchay Brain Injury Rehabiliitation Centre in Bristol and Blackheath Brain Injury Rehabilitation Centre in London are registered through the UK Rehabilitation Outcomes Collaborative (UKROC) system, which is a requirement of the contract with NHS England.
Tertiary specialist rehabilitation within The Huntercombe Group supports patients with complex disabilities whose rehabilitation needs are beyond the scope of their local rehabiltation services. Key aims of our services are to provide rehabilitation for patients with complex needs in order to assist them to achieve their maximum potential for physical, cognitive, social and psychological function, particpiation in society and quality of living. These services play an important role in relieving pressure on acute services and facilitating discharge to the community or ongoing placement. In fact there is now strong research evidence to show that specialist rehabilitation of this nature is effective and provides value for money by reducing length of stay in hospital and reducing the cost of long term care. Early transfer to our specialist centres for more intense rehabilitation is highly effective particularly for patients with very severe brain injury.
The Huntercombe Group has six Level 2 services providing slow stream rehabilitation services. This service is offered to individuals who have either already undergone some specialist rehabilitation or who have been assessed as being less responsive to a shortened period of specialist rehabilitation.
These individuals may require more time and opportunity to practice, progress and consolidate their newly learnt skills in a variety of everyday situations before moving to a community-based setting or home.The environment for this type of service is less clinical than a specialist rehabilitation setting and is designed to be more like a home-from-home to replicate, as far as possible, home life for the individual.
Where there is insufficient capacity in Level 1 services our Level 2a units can provide for Category A needs.
Some of our specialist centres also offer independent living flats, enabling the therapy and nursing teams to ensure individuals, where able, can look after themselves before returning to their home environment.
This service is for individuals who have complex problems associated with a brain injury or a neurological condition. and, who are unable to be cared for at home due to the severity or complexity of their condition, which can often be both physical as well as cognitive. Usually, individuals requiring this type of service require high and specialist levels of nursing and therapy care in order to maintain their general health and to prevent any other complications. There may also be a requirement for the patient to undergo on-going specialist investigations and or procedures beyond routine medical monitoring or surveillance that cannot be provided in a standard care home or community-based environmentThe focus of this service is on increasing participation in everyday activities and encouraging autonomy for the individual despite mobility and other physical or cognitive restrictions.Characteristics of this service include:
·Effective Advance Care Planning (ACP) programmes to maintain posture
·Provision of assistive technology and equipment to allow independence
·Assistance with feeding regimes and access to a good range of leisure and community activities as well as maintaining access to NHS Specialists as their condition alters or deteriorates.
This service aims to provide excellence for individuals who require symptom management to improve their quality of life and to relieve distress during the later stages of a progressive neurological condition or profound disability. As the condition progresses, individuals become increasingly reliant on specialist nursing and medical management.This service is provided by nursing and other staff, highly trained specifically in managing a range of complex neurological conditions, within a specialist care environment.