"Our clients have really enjoyed planting seeds and growing fruit and vegetables in the poly tunnel. There is a great feeling of pride and achievement when they see the end produce. "
P a l, Stanhope Neurodisability Centre
"We believe that every patient can with the right clinical team and the right treatment have a better experience in a healthcare setting and ultimately find a better quality of life, regardless of the complexity of their conditions”
At The Huntercombe Group we understand the difficulties of living with a long term or recently diagnosed mental health condition. We are able to provide a specialist range of integrated adult Mental Health and Intellectual Disability service pathways. These pathways are clearly defined, tailored and individualised throughout the patient journey whether they be admitted to secure care, one of our Specialist Mental Health and Intellectual Disability Recovery service or a care home with nursing.Our care teams are always working towards clear therapeutic objectives which are agreed following an individual’s admission and as outlined in the NHS Standard Contract requirements.
Our services are delivered in appropriate and safe environments with specialist clinical teams that have the benefit of extensive expertise in their field, combined with compassion to support the patient along their care pathway, ensuring that where appropriate the patient is at the centre of their own care, managing individual mental state and reducing risk of harm. We work collaboratively and in partnership with commissioners and case managers and also patients and their families. Our priority is on the patient in providing the very best and most appropriate care via our team of clinical specialists. Our commitment to innovation and excellence is at the heart of the care we provide and we can measure this by achieving 100% in our latest CQUIN submissions.
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 behaviours that challenge or forensic backgrounds, quality of life is balanced with restriction of risk, particularly in secure environments. Our aim is to provide the highest standards of therapeutic care to help reduce risk, encourage rehabilitation and help patients move through their recovery journey. During 2013 we asked patients in our secure services if they felt supported in receiving help to be more independent with over 76% of patients stating they did.Our Enhanced Low and Medium Secure Services are provided for Individuals with mental disorder or neuro-development disorders who are liable to be detained under the Mental Health Act (1983) and who may pose a level of risk of harm to others and/or risk of escape from hospital and as such cannot be managed safely within other mental health settings.Individuals will typically have complex mental disorders, with co-morbid difficulties which may include substance misuse and/or personality disorder, which are linked to offending or unpredictable behaviour.
This can often mean that patients are involved with the criminal justice system, the courts and prison system and many have Ministry of Justice restrictions imposed.In order to manage the risks involved the therapeutic environment is carefully managed through the delivery of a range of security measures. Our services include medium and low secure as well as locked and community services. Each of our hospitals and centres provide a range of physical, procedural and relational security measures relational to patient need ensuring effective treatment and care whilst providing for the safety of the individual and others including other patients, staff and the general public. In addition our community forensic mental health services provide for the transition back to the community for individuals who no longer require secure care.