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Three quarters of Murdostoun patients were able to return home following discharge in 2020

Each year we aim to produce a patient outcome report for our brain injury rehabilitation services.  We use a range of evidence-based outcomes measures to obtain an objective measure of our interventions.  We are delighted to share our latest outcomes report for Murdostoun Brain Injury Rehabilitation Centre which…

The creation of ‘Kyleville’ – a miniature town with working model railway at Moorpark Place

We spoke to Kyle, a resident at Moorpark Place, about the fantastic work he’s been doing with his team to create ‘Kyleville’, a miniature town with working model railway. Kyle has always had a love of trains, buses and cars and worked with his team for months to…

New coffee shop for Hothfield

The team at Hothfield Brain Injury Rehabilitation and Neurological Care Centre have created an on-site coffee shop for residents and staff. There is also a new activities’ space. This all started with the kernel of an idea by Will Keates, Activities Organiser at Hothfield, about creating a mobile…

Frenchay BIRU Specialist Physiotherapist, Caz Icke, wins prestigious Innovate UK’s ‘Women in Innovation’ Award

Caz Icke, Specialist Physiotherapist at Frenchay BIRU in Bristol, has won an Innovate UK’s ‘Women in Innovation’ Award for the development of her pioneering Solesense product, a customisable rehabilitation solution designed to help individuals who have balance and walking difficulties as a result of brain injuries, strokes and…

Explaining dementia to our Conifer Lodge residents

Because we have a couple of residents with dementia we thought we’d do something just for them and the idea of a Dementia Cafe was born!  We asked our two residents with dementia to tell us their favourite cake – they both chose chocolate brownies!  To accompany our…

Investing Time and Money in Mental Health Technology

Investment in technology within the mental health space is booming.  There’s plenty of reason to be excited, but it’s important that we tread carefully, put patients and outcomes first, and consider unintended outcomes.  Huntercombe’s Group Medical Director shares his thoughts in Med Tech Outlook.      

New acute service for men with mental health conditions at Huntercombe Roehampton

We’re delighted to announce that our new 10 bed acute service for men at Huntercombe Hospital Roehampton is now open!  We believe that this new service perfectly complements our existing Psychiatric Intensive Care Service (PICU) and will hugely benefit our male patients.  With this new service, we can…

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…

Fostering creativity and connection through art at Huntercombe Roehampton

Lock down has been particularly tough on our patients as they have not been able to go out into the community and take part in activities that they both enjoy and which also support their recovery.  So for the therapy staff and patients at Huntercombe Roehampton joining the…

Meet Hunty the hoglet !

A little hedgehog was recently discovered wandering around the grounds of Huntercombe Hospital Stafford in daylight.   Named Hunty, the hoglet by the young people at the hospital, this hedgehog was too small to survive without its mother so our young people asked Oliver, our Occupational Therapy Assistant, to…

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…

Conifer Lodge receive special mention in CQC report on Innovation and Inspiration

We were thrilled to see Conifer Lodge receive a special mention in a recent CQC report on “Innovation and Inspiration – how providers are responding to Coronavirus (COVID-19)”. The team at Conifer were mentioned for creating a local pub on site for our 13 residents with learning disabilities,…

Celebrating our staff at Huntercombe Maidenhead

Celebrating our staff at Huntercombe Maidenhead

Huntercombe Hospital Stafford’s sing the Baked Potato song!

Encouraged by the young people at Huntercombe Stafford, our staff team had great fun producing their own version of the now familiar Baked Potato song! Our young people joined in with the singing and the rainbow artwork. The baked potato song was written and released by Matt Lucas…

Spreading kindness for Mental Health Awareness Week

The team and residents at Huntercombe Sherwood did an amazing job spreading kindness during Mental Health Awareness Week.  As the theme of the week was ‘kindness’, our Communications Champion, Ella made an ‘Acts of Kindness’ box for all staff and residents to use so people could share any…

Cedar House featured in the Kent Gazette

Cedar House in Kent was featured in the Kent Gazette and praised for the care given to thirteen residents who were struck down with Coronavirus.  All residents made a full recovery. You can read the full story on  https://www.kentonline.co.uk/canterbury/news/amp/13-recover-after-virus-outbreak-hits-centre-for-learning-disabilities-227446/  

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…

Introducing sign language at Moorpark Place

The Speech and Language Therapy Department in Moorpark Place have introduced a “sign of the week” in order to expand residents’ communication skills.  We recently moved to teaching sign-language skills through video rather than photo, in order to improve accuracy and engage our residents further.  Usually, this would…

Our young people at Huntercombe Stafford express their thanks to keyworkers

To show support and appreciation for our NHS and all our staff here at Huntercombe Stafford, our young people on Wedgwood enlisted the help of Chantelle Phillips, Occupational Therapy Assistant and decided to chalk a rainbow in our garden area.   Our young people enjoyed being out in the…

Are you worrying about how to make ends meet for the next three to six months?

If so, come and join our team of Huntercombe Heroes! If you work in any sector, for example, hospitality or entertainment and your job is now at risk as a result of the coronavirus pandemic or you are on a zero hour contract, we need you your help,…

New Family Support Group at Huntercombe Nottingham

Our Nottingham Brain Injury Rehabilitation and Neurological Care Centre have recently changed the format of their Family Support Group for families of residents at the centre.    The group is now overseen by our psychologists in conjunction with the University of Derby, whose principal research interests lie in…

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…

Bake off competition at Huntercombe Stafford

On Wednesday 29th January, it was judging day for Huntercombe Stafford’s ward bake off competition.  Throughout the week young people from across all three wards worked hard on designing, baking and decorating their show stopper cakes. The event was well attended by all departments and young people from…

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…

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