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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…

Grow our own nurses -Dionne’s story

Dionne Glen, a Senior Support Worker at Moorpark Place has been studying through the Huntercombe Academy and the Grow Our Own Nurses programme. Dionne’s story shows how helpful it is for both employee and employer to have a supportive and flexible approach to studying whilst working. “I started…

Introduction to Huntercombe

Our CEO, Valerie Michie, talks about the services we provide, our aspirations, teamwork and what, for her, is the best part of the job.

What’s it like being a nurse at Huntercombe?

Meet Adetutu, a nurse at Huntercombe Hospital Roehampton.  She explains what it’s like being a nurse at Huntercombe.

What’s it like being a support worker at Huntercombe?

Meet Gill and Lindsey, support workers at Stocksbridge Brain Injury Rehabilitation Centre.  They explain what it’s like being a support worker at Huntercombe.

Is recovery possible after a brain injury?

Mark and Julia were both patients at Frenchay Brain Injury Rehabilitation Centre (BIRU) in Bristol following a brain injury.  In this film they share their stories to offer hope to others that recovery from a brain injury is possible.

Former patient, Christine shares her experience of Huntercombe Maidenhead

Christine came back to share her experience of her time at Huntercombe Maidenhead to give other young people hope that life can be better.   She is now studying medicine at university.

Some our team members talk about the care at Huntercombe Maidenhead

Dr Mark Tattersall, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist on our eating disorder service tells us  “The thing that stands out for me me when I meet former patients who come back is how they come back in a very different role. They come back as young professionals, as a…

What makes Frenchay BIRU a special place for rehabilitation?

What makes Frenchay Brain Injury Rehabilitation Centre (BIRU) a special place for rehabilitation?  Our Medical Director and Hospital Director talk about what is special about the team at BIRU.

Watch Alastair’s story about his life at Moorpark

Alastair is one of our residents at Moorpark Place where we provide residential care and support for day-to-day living for men and women on the autistic spectrum.  This is his story about why he enjoys living at Moorpark.

Is recovery post brain injury possible against all the odds?

Meet Lee.  Lee had a road traffic accident in 2011 and spent time at Frenchay Brain Injury Rehabilitation Centre (BIRU) for his rehabilitation.  The BIRU team and Lee and his family talk about the amazing recovery he made.  Lee is now working and getting on with his life.

Party celebrating 30 years

On 9th February 2019 our much loved housekeeper and colleague, Hyatt Thompson celebrated 30 years working at Huntercombe Hospital Maidenhead.  We marked this amazing achievement and hosted a celebratory party to show our appreciation.

Frenchay BIRU’s latest Patient Outcome Report

We are delighted to share our latest patient outcome results for Frenchay BIRU which shows that we are one of the best centres for brain injury rehabilitation in the country.   For the full report: Patient Outcomes 2018

Conifer Lodge rated “outstanding” by Care Quality Commission inspectors

Our specialist care home in Wisbech has been rated as “outstanding” by the Care Quality Commission, following an inspection. Conifer Lodge was also rated as good for being safe, being caring and providing effective care and outstanding for being responsive to the needs of its residents and being…

Cedar House Festive Bake Off!

In December, Cedar held its first Christmas cake decorating competition. One of our chefs made all the wards a Christmas cake and the patients were asked to decorate them. We had some fantastic entries and the judges had a very hard time deciding the winner, but a winner…

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