Insight

Grow our own nurses: Sarah’s story

Sarah Powell, Senior Support Worker at our specialist eating disorder hospital in Broadway, Worcestershire  tells her story of her journey so far with Huntercombe. ‘From an early age I knew I wanted to work in healthcare. Initially I was interested in midwifery however when applying for university I...

Sophie’s career so far with Huntercombe

Sophie’s hugely excited to be accepted on Huntercombe’s Grow our own nurses programme so we caught up with her to find out a little more. Sophie’s hairdressing career Sophie trained as a hairdresser at college but very quickly realised that this wasn’t going to fulfil her the way...

Amie Drayner on embarking on her Grow Our Own Nurses course

Amie is a senior support worker at Cedar House and along with Sophie Masson from Cedar (and eight other successful candidates from other hospitals) has been accepted onto our Grow Our Own Nurses programme. Amie tells us about her journey so far: ‘When I was 17 a close...

Introduction to Huntercombe

Our CEO, Valerie Michie, talks about the services we provide, our aspirations, teamwork and what, for her, is the best part of the job.

What’s it like being a nurse at Huntercombe?

Meet Adetutu, a nurse at Huntercombe Hospital Roehampton.  She explains what it’s like being a nurse at Huntercombe.

What’s it like being a support worker at Huntercombe?

Meet Gill and Lindsey, support workers at Stocksbridge Brain Injury Rehabilitation Centre.  They explain what it’s like being a support worker at Huntercombe.

Fishing as therapy?

The Cedar House Fishing Group has been running for over five years and, as it turns out, it’s a bit of a family affair. Paul Wilmshurst took it over from his brother who, along with their mum, all work for Huntercombe. Paul is clearly a passionate fisherman but...

Transforming Care in Practice: Eldertree Lodge

Magnifying these challenges, and the need for radically revised care strategies in the sector, were the significant reductions of in-patient capacity mandated by Building the right support, the NHS commissioning plan published in October 2015[1]. This document outlined a national service model to ensure that Transforming Care delivered...

Next stage of development for Brain in Hand at Cedar House

Brain in Hand (www.braininhand.co.uk) is currently being used to help patients better self-manage in order to reduce anxiety and crisis incidents, especially when in the local community. Brain in Hand gives patients easy access to their own personalised diary, reminders, and coping strategies through an app on their...

Understanding the difference between mental health issues and learning disabilities

Yet understanding exactly what the issue is marks the first step towards personalised treatment strategies that recognise the enormous complexity of mental illness and the uniqueness of every patient. The same goes for learning disabilities, an area that shares certain characteristics, such as, channels for diagnosis and management,...

Managing challenging behaviour with Positive Behaviour Support

When thinking about the causes of challenging behaviours, it is important to consider the environment and wider context in which the behaviour occurs as well as the person’s own internal factors such as physical and emotional well-being, mental health and cognitive abilities. As often as not, they are...

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy: Building a Life Worth Living

In fact, these efforts may prove counterproductive if people feel invalidated by too strong an emphasis on the need to change. They have to come to terms with their problematic behaviour, and know it is understood and accepted as a means of coping with challenging circumstances, before they...

Half of Murdostoun patients return home to live independently (April 2018)

For the full report: Outcomes Murdostoun

‘Brain in Hand’ at Cedar House

The Huntercombe Group strives to continually seek innovative solutions to improve care and are currently piloting a new software called Brain in Hand at Cedar House in Canterbury.  Brain in Hand (www.braininhand.co.uk) is being used to help patients better self-manage in order to reduce anxiety and crisis incidents,...

Multi-disciplinary working is the key to high level rehabilitation

The range of symptoms and disabilities a person with brain injury may experience vary greatly, depending on the type of injury and its location. There are two types of brain injury, which are mainly distinguished by their cause. Acquired brain injury (ABI) is caused by any brain injury...

Getting the support you need for mental-health issues

By Andy Acquaye, Deputy Hospital Director, Huntercombe Hospital Roehampton Managing mental-health issues is enormously complex, for health professionals, social services, carers, families, friends and patients alike. This reflects not only the range of conditions that fall under the banner of mental health,  but also the difficulty of diagnosing...

Making paid work a reality for more people with a learning disability

By Lucy Berrisford  – Occupational Therapist,  Eldertree Lodge It’s Learning Disabilities Week from 19th to 25th June, and Mencap are campaigning to increase awareness around the issue of employment. Mencap (www.mencap.org.uk) works to improve the lives of people with a learning disability, and with the theme of the...

Frenchay BIRU Patient Outcome Report (April 2017)

For the full report:  Frenchay Patient Outcomes Report