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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…

A day in the life of a Recovery Support Worker at Eldertree Lodge

Kate Berrisford works at Eldertree Lodge near Stoke on Trent as a Recovery Support Worker.   At Eldertree we look after men and women with autism, Asperger’s and other learning disabilities.  Kate works as part of the Occupational Therapy team who provide leisure activities which not only support the…

Celebrating our staff at Huntercombe Roehampton

Celebrating our staff at Huntercombe Roehampton

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…

Celebrating our staff at Huntercombe Maidenhead

Celebrating our staff at Huntercombe Maidenhead

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.  Earlier this 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…

Huntercombe Nottingham involved in clinical trials with University of Derby

Huntercombe Nottingham have further expanded their links with the University of Derby through clinical trials of the Emego EMG switch. The Emego is an approved class 1 medical device designed to detect the smallest of muscle movements, using EMG technology to wirelessly trigger assistive technology equipment. The focus…

Frenchay BIRU therapists invited to present at Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists

Following successful presentations by the Frenchay Speech and Language Team at the International Symposium for Cognitive Communication Disorders in 2018, we were invited back to present to members of the National Acquired Brain Injury SLT Clinical Excellence Network (ABICEN) on the topic of Social Cognition at the Royal…

Malcolm’s journey from soldier to nurse as featured in the Nursing Times

‘People ask what my working day looks like, and I love that no two are the same’

How health psychology helps people with learning disabilities

Health Psychologists apply their knowledge of psychology, the latest research and interventions to promote general good health and well-being and to understand physical illness.  They promote healthier lifestyles and try to find ways to encourage people to improve their health.  They also use their skills to improve healthcare…

Kerrina’s story of career progression from a Rehabilitation Assistant (RA) to obtaining an MSc in advancing Healthcare Practice

Whilst Kerrina had wanted to be a nurse since childhood, she initially found herself working in Hospitality Management. Although it was enjoyable enough, it just didn’t fulfill her desire to help others and make a difference. The starting point of this journey was an Access to HE course…

Citizens not patients: community living at Oakwood House

Treat people as patients and they will behave as patients, responding passively, potentially grudgingly or aggressively to an imposed regime. Treat people as citizens, with rights and responsibilities, and they have the opportunity to make considered, meaningful choices about whatever behaviour works best for them and the people…

A day in the life of a nurse team leader

Kiran Jhanzaib, RMN, works as a Team Leader on Tamar Ward, a general adolescent unit in Maidenhead. She tells us what it’s like to walk a day in her shoes at Huntercombe. An interest in psychology I’ve always been interested in psychology; my brother’s a doctor and I…

A joined-up approach to diabulimia

Managing type 1 (insulin dependent) diabetes is hard enough without having to worry about your weight. That is the day-to-day reality for many diabetics, though, particularly if they are young, female and prone to habitual media distortions around body shape and image. Some type-1s try to square this…

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…

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.  See our current vacancies.

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,…