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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…

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…

Jordan shares her journey to inspire others that recovery is possible

Jordan Hatfield was a patient at Huntercombe Maidenhead in 2017.   Here she shares her journey and shows just how far she has come in the last few years.   We’re very much looking forward to reading her book! “I left Huntercombe Maidenhead in July 2017 after spending nine months…

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,…

Building connections with the Co-operative Group

This year, Eldertree Lodge has combined forces with their local Co-op group in conjunction with their charity of the year; which is “MIND”.   The team at Eldertree hope that this opportunity will not only strengthen links with local businesses but will also help to break down stereotypes of…

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…

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…

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