"Originally hailing from Canada Roxanne Whetmore came to the United Kingdom in 2003 and has worked at Huntercombe Hospital Stafford since opening. Ms. Whetmore has extensive experience in mental health and possesses specialities in child and adolescent clinical and school psychology. Previous experience has included inpatient, outpatient and educational settings, as well as, private practice. Ms. Whetmore's ethos is to treat each young person with due care and respect while being mindful of his or her developmental level. Providing the best and latest evidence based treatment is of Ms. Whetmore's highest priority."
Ms., The Huntercombe Hospital - Stafford
We have two centres that specialise in the treatment and care of children and adolescent with specialist needs. Our centre, Granville Lodge, in Hartlepool provides specialised care for children with physical disabilities and delayed learning associated with their disabilities whilst our centre in Stockton, cares for children with a moderate or severe learning disability with or without associated challenging behaviours and can cater for those with more than one diagnosed learning disability.
Our team of highly trained staff have considerable experience in caring for children with complex learning and physical disabilities and all are committed to providing a high standard of care which focuses on each child’s particular requirements.
Our team of professional and experienced staff is drawn from different care-related disciplines and includes:
The senior staff are responsible for planning a child’s care in consultation with the child, their families, social workers and the appropriate medical staff. The support worker team works closely with the senior staff in delivering a high standard of care. This staff team regularly engage in a rolling programme of training, both general and specifically related to the individual children, to enable them to meet all the activity and daily care needs of the children and to liaise with and offer support to their families.
All members of our team are trained to ensure that the privacy, dignity and choice of each child are respected.
Our children's service is situated within a carefully converted Victorian house, we offer the children in our care a safe, supportive and caring home-from-home environment in which they can achieve their potential and enjoy their life to the fullest possible extent. All children are individuals and they are encouraged at all times to live as independently as is possible and to participate in everyday childhood activities such as swimming and school attendance. We provide care for children aged nine to 17 years with diagnosed physical disabilities and/ or associated diagnoses of cerebral palsy, learning disabilities and similar. We offer:
Our centre in Stockton is a modern building specifically designed to care for children and young people with a learning disability, which might include Autism and / or Asperger’s Syndrome. Many of the young people we treat display severe challenging behaviours and have challenged other services and environments. We provide a safe and caring environment which ensures that all the young people in our care receive the professional clinical support and guidance they need.
Our service offers a holistic approach that incorporates the physical, mental, social, personal and further educational needs of our young people. Because we recognise that learning difficulties affect each person differently, we work with each individual to develop a positive person-centred care plan that tracks their individual progress. For children, this care plan fits into their overall multi-agency plan.
We provide assessment and therapy with a focus on small-group therapy and our treatment also includes preparation for the young person’s return to living at home full-time. Our young people benefit from appropriate activities and facilities, including classrooms, gardens, play, leisure and recreational areas. We also liaise closely with local special needs schools.
Longer-term care, short-term care and short-term assessment are all available. We are also happy to provide respite care which offers a break for the main carer.