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Huntercombe Stafford rated “outstanding” for being caring

Patients told the CQC inspectors that they were happy and safe; they were satisfied they were getting the right support for their problems and had seen progress in themselves. They said they would recommend other people to be treated at the hospital. Our hospital, at Ivetsey Bank, Wheaton...

Using exercise to promote health and wellbeing at Conifer Lodge

At Conifer Lodge we have been encouraging our residents to be fitter and healthier, so we’ve started doing a group evening walk after dinner.  To celebrate Mental Health Day, our group of walkers decided to walk a little further to take in some more of the countryside and...

Murdostoun Halloween party

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...

Reasons to stay: Huntercombe’s Nurse Leadership Programme

Healthcare organisations in the public and private sectors have responded by launching initiatives to develop their own nursing pools through alternative channels of education and training (see the ‘Grow your own nurses’ article on this site). The problem, though, goes beyond persuading nursing candidates to commit to a...

Growing your own Mental Health Nurses

Managing mental health issues and learning disabilities requires multidisciplinary input, and nurses are an invaluable part of that team. They are at the front line of delivering strategies to address challenging behaviour and help inpatients towards fulfilled, integrated lives back in the community.  Mental-health nurses also provide the...

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...

Transforming Care in Practice: Eldertree Lodge

Magnifying these challenges, and the need for radically revised care strategies in the sector, were the significant reductions of in-patient capacity mandated by Building the right support, the NHS commissioning plan published in October 2015[1]. This document outlined a national service model to ensure that Transforming Care delivered...

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...

Eldertree Lodge – a case study on Positive Behaviour Support

Meet J J’s a 55 year old woman with mild intellectual disability and emotionally unstable personality disorder who’s detained under the Mental Health Act (MHA 1983). Before she moved to Eldertree, she’d been a resident in a mental health hospital.  This was after a breakdown of numerous community...

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,...

Jill Dawson wins PBS BILD Coach of the Year

Congratulations to Jill Dawson, Lead Speech and Language Therapist at the Huntercombe Group, who received the award for PBS (Positive Behaviour Support) Coach of the Year at the 2018 BILD PBS Leadership Awards which took place during their International Conference in May 2018. To read more about Positive...

Join us on 16th June for an information day on Alzheimer’s

The day features three free interactive information sessions where our visitors can learn all about how dementia affects a person and what you can do to make a difference.  With an estimated 850,000 people in the UK living with dementia and 24.6 million – 38% of the UK...

Moorpark Place celebrates Mental Health Awareness Week

Moorpark Place staff raised awareness of stress for Mental Health Awareness Week 2018, by carrying out a CPD session for staff. The session focussed on the need for being aware of stress and coping strategies for managing time, and organisation which when mismanaged can create a feeling of...

Eldertree Lodge celebrates International Nurses’ Day

Managing challenging behaviour with Positive Behaviour Support

When thinking about the causes of challenging behaviours, it is important to consider the environment and wider context in which the behaviour occurs as well as the person’s own internal factors such as physical and emotional well-being, mental health and cognitive abilities. As often as not, they are...

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy: Building a Life Worth Living

In fact, these efforts may prove counterproductive if people feel invalidated by too strong an emphasis on the need to change. They have to come to terms with their problematic behaviour, and know it is understood and accepted as a means of coping with challenging circumstances, before they...

International Nurses’ Day 2018

Half of Murdostoun patients return home to live independently (April 2018)

For the full report: Outcomes Murdostoun

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) now helping young people at Huntercombe Edinburgh

DBT is a structured therapy that includes a focus on a person’s thoughts, emotions, beliefs and behaviours. At Huntercombe Hospital Edinburgh individual therapy sessions take place alongside a skills training group supported by access to DBT coaches between sessions if needed. Leading our DBT programme we have a...

Days out for Young People at Huntercombe Hospital Stafford

Thursday 14th December saw a group of young people from Thorneycroft and Wedgwood take a trip into a decommissioned nuclear bunker nestled in the sleepy Cheshire countryside. The bunker was built in the 1950s and would have acted as a centre of regional government if ever a nuclear...

‘Brain in Hand’ at Cedar House

The Huntercombe Group strives to continually seek innovative solutions to improve care and are currently piloting a new software called Brain in Hand at Cedar House in Canterbury.  Brain in Hand (www.braininhand.co.uk) is being used to help patients better self-manage in order to reduce anxiety and crisis incidents,...