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Gemma returns to Huntercombe Hospital Stafford

Gemma Louise Doyle, now an international singer, returns to Huntercombe Stafford to share her message of inspiration.

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’

Lavender Green Flowers build therapeutic garden at Huntercombe Maidenhead

Lavender Green Flowers, London’s luxury florist has embarked on an incredible new project to build a therapeutic and educational garden for patients at our Huntercombe Hospital near Maidenhead.  After completion, the florists and extended team will help to maintain the garden on a seasonal basis and offer advice…

First event for commissioners at Nottingham Brain Injury and Neurological Care Centre

Nottingham held its first event for commissioners and referrers on 6 November 2019.  The event, which coincided with the launch of our new brochure, was well attended with good representation from local commissioners with some having travelled over 100 miles. There were presentations from each of our three…

Two wins for Cedar House at the Great South East Care Awards

On Saturday 9th November a team from Cedar House attended the award ceremony for the finalists of the Great South East Care Awards. The event, at The Hilton Hotel in Brighton, is part of the Great British Care Awards, a series of 10 regional awards celebrating excellence across…

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…

Fund raising firewalk at Pathfields Lodge

Pathfields Lodge are hosting a Firewalk at the centre on 6 January  2020. From 5.30pm, 40 people including staff, family, friends and work colleagues from across Huntercombe will be walking on fire to raise money for the Pathfields Lodge Wish Tree Project 2020. Working with our residents we…

Cedar House – what we’re doing to manage a healthy weight

Our ability to meet CQUIN targets set by NHS England and NHS Improvement is one of many factors commissioners consider when deciding to use our services. CQUIN is short for Commissioning for Quality and Innovation and is a measure used to encourage evidence-based good practice and innovation. The…

Moorpark residents design wall hanging for school in Namibia

Our residents at Moorpark Place designed a wall hanging as a gift for the staff and children at a wildlife santuary/ school in Namibia.   The wall hanging was presented to the school by Catherine Edwards, Occupational Therapy Assistant and Paul Brown, Support Worker who spent time as volunteers…

Our first national Huntercombe Heroes Awards

The day did not quite dawn brightly as we’d hoped on the morning of our first annual Huntercombe Hero Awards on 24th September! However, by the time the 120 finalists arrived at Shendish Manor near Hemel Hempstead at lunchtime, the sun was breaking through! Earlier in the year,…

Huntercombe Hospital Cotswold Spa school wins “outstanding” Ofsted rating

Our school for young people with eating disorders in Broadway, Worcestershire wins ‘Outstanding’ rating amid praise for its ‘inspirational’ leadership. Huntercombe Hospital Cotswold Spa’s school helps to ensure young people undergoing treatment for eating disorders (often Anorexia or Bulimia) do not fall behind in their academic studies. Ofsted’s…

Stafford patients raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society

On Wednesday 11th September, Huntercombe Hospital Stafford ran a fundraiser for Alzheimer’s Society. The event involved a bake and craft sale and tombola, and also had a raffle with seven amazing prizes! Across the wards, young people helped by baking and making crafts to sell, and also helped…

Frenchay BIRU re-accredited by Headway, the Brain Injury Association

We’re really thrilled and incredibly proud that Frenchay BIRU in Bristol has passed their re-accreditation with Headway, the Brain Injury Association.    Frenchay BIRU has been an approved provider with Headway for nearly 10 years when the scheme was launched and was one of the first pilot sites…

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…

New team members at Huntercombe Hospital Stafford!

Huntercombe Stafford have welcomed some new team members:  Maddie and Bracken our PAT Therapy dogs. Maddie is a beautiful seven year old Black Labrador, who loves fusses and can also do tricks such as sit, paw and lie down (she is still working on stay). Bracken is a two…

Huntercombe award winners at Blackheath

Blackheath Brain Injury Rehabilitation Centre recently celebrated their local Huntercombe Hero awards with an impressive afternoon tea hosted in the centre’s dining room.  The awards were presented by John Huntley, Hospital Director at the centre.  The winners were as follows: Patient First – Awarded to Christine Nicholls for…

Huntercombe award winners at Sherwood

On Thursday 25th July we held our local Huntercombe Hero award ceremony at Huntercombe Centre Sherwood.  We gave out 17 awards to both residents and staff.   Michelle Rope, Molly Ellis-Scafe, Lucy Stafford, Sophie Weatherson, Sharon Haney, Donald McCauley and Lauren Burgin were the winners of the Huntercombe values…

Huntercombe award winners at Cotswold Spa

Huntercombe Hospital Cotswold Spa recently held their local Huntercombe Hero awards.  Young people staying at the hospital were given the opportunity to nominate staff for the following seven categories.  Winners of the awards were as follows: Towards Excellence Award – This was jointly presented to Sarah Powell, Senior…

Huntercombe award winners at Huntercombe Stafford

We recently held our local Huntercombe hero awards ceremony at Huntercombe Hospital Stafford.  Well done to all our winners and good luck with the national awards in September 2019.      

Huntercombe award winners at Nottingham Brain Injury and Neurological Care Centre

We held our local Huntercombe Heroes Awards celebrations recently at our brain injury rehabilitation centre in Nottingham.   Congratulations to all our winners !  We’re looking forward to the national awards now in September.

Summer BBQ at our newly opened Oakwood House Community Housing Service

Staff and tenants at Oakwood House had a fantastic BBQ in the recent sunny weather. Staff members organised the BBQ and bought food. The tenants really enjoyed it and said how much they enjoyed all eating together communally with staff. “I really enjoyed this”, “this felt like a…

Huntercombe Sherwood receives “outstanding” rating for going the ‘extra mile’ for residents

Huntercombe Sherwood in Nottingham cares for adults with learning disabilities and mental health conditions. The centre has received praise for its ‘exceptionally kind and person-centered support’ from the Care Quality Commission (the body that inspects and regulates the quality of care in England) following an inspection of its…

Hothfield Recruitment open day (24 July 2019)

Are you looking for a job where you can really make a difference, working with multi-disciplinary therapists and friendly work colleagues? If so come along to our recruitment open day at Hothfield Brain Injury Rehabilitation and Neurological Care Centre near Ashford in Kent on Wednesday 24th July 2019…

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