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A career change for Support Worker, Jacqueline Reid

Moorpark Place in Kilbirnie, Scotland is a specialist supported living service for adults who are on the Autistic Spectrum.  We meet Jacqueline Reid who, having completed a degree in Psychology from Paisley University, joined the team as a Support Worker in 2008. Today, Jacqueline is the Speech and…

A day in the life of a Speech Therapist

Kristina Brocklesby is a Speech and Language Therapist at Blackheath Brain Injury Rehabilitation Centre in London.  Last year, she was awarded a Huntercombe Hero Award for demonstrating professionalism, resilience and compassion when working with her patients.  We caught up with Kristina to find out more about her role…

A day in the life of a Patient Activity Leader (PAL)

Judith Thomas Brown has worked at Blackheath Brain Injury Rehabilitation Centre for ten years. She was presented with her ten-year service badge by John Huntley, Hospital Director who congratulated and thanked Judith on her long service.    She has worked in many roles over the past ten years after…

Maidenhead students raise money for Macmillan

Young people from across our four wards at Huntercombe Hospital Maidenhead hosted their own Macmillan Coffee Morning on 24 September 2021.  They not only planned the entire event, but also created posters in art to promote the event and spent hours baking with our Education staff and Youth…

Congratulations to our Wedgwood Eating Disorders Team on gaining QNIC accreditation!

Our Eating Disorders Wedgwood Unit at Huntercombe Hospital Stafford is now an accredited member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Quality Network for Inpatient CAMHS (QNIC). This is a supportive network of healthcare professionals who share best practice to improve the quality of inpatient CAMHS services nationally, and…

What is a PICU service and who is it for?

What is a PICU ward? Psychiatric Intensive Care Units (PICU) are specialist wards that provide inpatient mental health care, assessment and comprehensive treatment to individuals who are experiencing the most acutely disturbed phase of a serious mental disorder. Most patients are admitted to a PICU service from other hospitals…

The benefits of Mindfulness at Murdostoun by Dr Adam Burnel

Dr Adam Burnel, Consultant Neuropsychiatrist, at Murdostoun Brain Injury Rehabilitation and Neurological Care Centre talks about mindfulness and how it has benefitted staff at the hospital. ‘There is a good evidence that mindfulness based interventions are helpful in dealing with stress both in general and in the health…

Frenchay BIRU Speech and Language Therapists present at virtual International Conference

Two of our wonderful Speech and Language Therapists (SLTs) at Frenchay BIRU recently presented at an international conference – the Cognitive Communication Disorder (CCD) Symposium, which was live streamed around the world! Their presentation invited some brilliant international discussion regarding the role of SLTs in supporting people with Cognitive…

Three quarters of Murdostoun patients were able to return home following discharge in 2020

Each year we aim to produce a patient outcome report for our brain injury rehabilitation services.  We use a range of evidence-based outcomes measures to obtain an objective measure of our interventions.  We are delighted to share our latest outcomes report for Murdostoun Brain Injury Rehabilitation Centre which…

The creation of ‘Kyleville’ – a miniature town with working model railway at Moorpark Place

We spoke to Kyle, a resident at Moorpark Place, about the fantastic work he’s been doing with his team to create ‘Kyleville’, a miniature town with working model railway. Kyle has always had a love of trains, buses and cars and worked with his team for months to…

New coffee shop for Hothfield

The team at Hothfield Brain Injury Rehabilitation and Neurological Care Centre have created an on-site coffee shop for residents and staff. There is also a new activities’ space. This all started with the kernel of an idea by Will Keates, Activities Organiser at Hothfield, about creating a mobile…

Frenchay BIRU Specialist Physiotherapist, Caz Icke, wins prestigious Innovate UK’s ‘Women in Innovation’ Award

Caz Icke, Specialist Physiotherapist at Frenchay BIRU in Bristol, has won an Innovate UK’s ‘Women in Innovation’ Award for the development of her pioneering Solesense product, a customisable rehabilitation solution designed to help individuals who have balance and walking difficulties as a result of brain injuries, strokes and…

Explaining dementia to our Conifer Lodge residents

Because we have a couple of residents with dementia we thought we’d do something just for them and the idea of a Dementia Cafe was born!  We asked our two residents with dementia to tell us their favourite cake – they both chose chocolate brownies!  To accompany our…

Investing Time and Money in Mental Health Technology

Investment in technology within the mental health space is booming.  There’s plenty of reason to be excited, but it’s important that we tread carefully, put patients and outcomes first, and consider unintended outcomes.  Huntercombe’s Group Medical Director shares his thoughts in Med Tech Outlook.      

New coffee shop for Hothfield!

Hothfield has created its own (socially distanced!) mobile coffee shop for both patients and staff. Will Keates, Activities Organiser, explains: ‘When I started working at Hothfield, we had a space in the central lobby where clients would stop and chat. I often positioned myself there in the mornings…

New acute service for men with mental health conditions at Huntercombe Roehampton

We’re delighted to announce that our new 10 bed acute service for men at Huntercombe Hospital Roehampton is now open!  We believe that this new service perfectly complements our existing Psychiatric Intensive Care Service (PICU) and will hugely benefit our male patients.  With this new service, we can…

Congratulations to Theona Madure, winner of RCN London Rising Stars Award 2020

Staff Nurse, Theona Madure, who works at Blackheath Brain Injury Rehabilitation Centre, has won a RCN London Rising Star Award 2020.  She was nominated for the prestigious award by Blackheath’s Head of Nursing, Ashley Honeyman.  Theona has been a nurse for 15 years. Prior to joining The Huntercombe…

Fostering creativity and connection through art at Huntercombe Roehampton

Lock down has been particularly tough on our patients as they have not been able to go out into the community and take part in activities that they both enjoy and which also support their recovery.  So for the therapy staff and patients at Huntercombe Roehampton joining the…

Meet Hunty the hoglet !

A little hedgehog was recently discovered wandering around the grounds of Huntercombe Hospital Stafford in daylight.   Named Hunty, the hoglet by the young people at the hospital, this hedgehog was too small to survive without its mother so our young people asked Oliver, our Occupational Therapy Assistant, to…

Conifer Lodge receive special mention in CQC report on Innovation and Inspiration

We were thrilled to see Conifer Lodge receive a special mention in a recent CQC report on “Innovation and Inspiration – how providers are responding to Coronavirus (COVID-19)”. The team at Conifer were mentioned for creating a local pub on site for our 13 residents with learning disabilities,…

Huntercombe Hospital Stafford’s sing the Baked Potato song!

Encouraged by the young people at Huntercombe Stafford, our staff team had great fun producing their own version of the now familiar Baked Potato song! Our young people joined in with the singing and the rainbow artwork. The baked potato song was written and released by Matt Lucas…

Introducing sign language at Moorpark Place

The Speech and Language Therapy Department in Moorpark Place have introduced a “sign of the week” in order to expand residents’ communication skills.  We recently moved to teaching sign-language skills through video rather than photo, in order to improve accuracy and engage our residents further.  Usually, this would…