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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…

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.  See our current vacancies.

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…

Welcome to Maddie!

We’ve recently welcomed our new pet rabbit Maddie to the centre – she is 3 months old and her breed is a Dutch mix. As a therapeutic pet for our Residents we hope to have small sessions each day where they can hold her and pet her and…


Banking time at Eldertree Lodge

Eldertree Lodge has a patient forum called Noise, voice, choice.   Patients used this forum to request that a wider range of activities be available on-site.  Members of staff were quick to volunteer their talents and time and now, each month members of staff volunteer an hour of their…

Music at Cedar House

Cedar House now boasts its own music room in a dedicated building with a range of instruments; drums, keyboards, guitars, bongos and even DJ decks. We also have our own music lead, professional musician, Douglas Mukuze, who ensures that patients can progress and develop their musical abilities. There…

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…

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