The Great British Care Awards

As a recently qualified Mental Health Nurse, Jade Stoakes felt so inspired by her team that she felt compelled to enter them for The Great British Care Awards. Having won the south east regional award for Best Team, they’re now looking forward to The National Awards. The team...

Cedar House Festive Bake Off!

In December, Cedar held its first Christmas cake decorating competition. One of our chefs made all the wards a Christmas cake and the patients were asked to decorate them. We had some fantastic entries and the judges had a very hard time deciding the winner, but a winner...

Music at Cedar House

Cedar House now boasts its own music room in a dedicated building with a range of instruments; drums, keyboards, guitars, bongos and even DJ decks. We also have our own music lead, professional musician, Douglas Mukuze, who ensures that patients can progress and develop their musical abilities. There...

Mersea Island Festival – enabling Cedar house patients to shine

The Cedar House team have been taking patients to the Festival for the past five years and are huge advocates of all that it does for our patients. Historically we’ve only taken a small group of around three patients but this year we were able to take six...

Cedar House Education and Therapy Department

From the point of admission, we are focused on the skills an individual needs to develop and how to assist them in preparing for discharge or the next stage of their journey. In order to achieve these goals the Education and Therapy department employ a qualified teacher, along with...

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...

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...

All we want for Christmas… is a visit by a family of reindeer!

When we first started looking into the idea we didn’t even know if it was possible but funnily enough, there’s a company that are local to us that hires out reindeer for exactly our purpose.  However, it’s not particularly cheap so we decided to raise funds for it...

Cedar House Summer Fete

The original idea for a summer fete came from a patient (as many of our best ideas do!). Frustrated that they were unable to get out and about to any of the local summer fetes, we decided to bring the fete to them! And the rest, as they...

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,...