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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...

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...

Frenchay BIRU recruitment open day (20 June 2019)

Come along to our recruitment open day at Frenchay BIRU in Bristol on Thursday 20th June 2019 from 10am until 7pm .  We’re looking for both nurses and rehabilitation assistants.  At our open day you’ll find out what it’s like to work with our fantastic multi-disciplinary team and...

Fun day at Moorpark Place

Many Moorpark Place residents, staff, family members and friends had great fun over the recent May bank holiday. Moorpark opened their doors to host a family and friends’ fun day to celebrate all their achievements over the last few years. This included a Moorpark Exhibition, face painting, raffle,...

A day in the life of a Senior Support Worker

Sarah Powell, a senior support worker at Huntercombe Hospital Cotswold Spa tells us what a typical day is like. ‘It’s actually really hard to talk about a typical day because honestly, no two days are ever the same. There are of course, some routine things that happen every...

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...

Cedar House Recovery College

Cedar House Recovery College was initially set up with input from NHSE and Nash Nomori, an expert by experience. Since it’s conception in 2018 it has evolved immensely, not least thanks to the efforts of the new lead on the project Adele Conway Bennett. A trained occupational therapist,...

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...

Gavin Harding MBE visits Cedar House to support good conversations and outcomes

Gavin Harding is a learning disability adviser with NHS England and expert by experience. As well as having inpatient experience, he has also been Mayor of Selby and the first person with a learning disability to be awarded an MBE. When he and Sam Clark of Learning Disability...

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...

Frenchay BIRU meets INPA criteria and minimum standards

Frenchay BIRU was recently inspected by INPA, the Independent Neurorehabilitation Providers Alliance.  INPA are a group of independent specialist health and social care providers who share the common goal of ensuring the delivery of excellent care in neurorehabilitation. Inspectors who visited on 21 March 2019 were satisfied that...

Diabetes’ Prevention Week at Cedar House

For Diabetes’ Prevention Week Cedar House in Kent put on a two day event to raise awareness of diabetes, and prevention methods. This was to empower both patients with a learning disability and the staff that support them; to understand how to prevent, and manage their diabetic risk-...

Cedar House rated “good” in all five domains by CQC

A hospital for people with learning disability or autism, who have offending or challenging behaviour and complex mental health needs, has been rated as “good” overall by the Care Quality Commission, following an inspection. Cedar House, was also rated as good against all of the core inspection themes...

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...