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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

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,...

Learning Disabilities Work Week

By Lucy Berrisford – Occupational Therapist, Eldertree Lodge Learning Disabilities Work Week is from 6th to 12th November 2017, when Mencap is celebrating what great employees people with a learning disability can make www.mencap.org.uk/get-involved/learning-disability-work-week #LDWorkWeek. Mencap works to improve the lives of people with a learning disability, and...

Huntercombe launches Customer Voice Programme

November 2016. We are determined to ensure that our services deliver the best for all our customers and are designed with their needs in mind. Alongside our Patient Voice Programme, we have launched a Customer Voice Programme that gives our commissioners, referrers and stakeholders a real voice in...

Halloween

The day consisted of pumpkin decorating, fancy dress, spooky bingo, music and a body parts story where participants put their hands into the box to try to feel what is in there.  Patients requested to help decorate the sports hall with items they had made throughout the week...

Huntercombe Maidenhead support Young Minds Campaign

When the team spoke to the young people about the campaign, they were really keen to get involved and wanted to wear something yellow to help raise awareness. The young people created t-shirts and a banner for the #HelloYellow campaign and took pictures of them. Patients said: Young...

Frenchay Laughter therapy

Huntercombe Hospital Stafford hold a Macmillan day

There were cakes for sale including: Key lime pie, Carrot cake, and many more. There was also a Bric-a-Brac sale. The staff in the kitchen all baked a cake for the “Best cake “competition, some staying up into the early hours of the morning to get them finished....

New paper co-authored by Dr Bruno of Huntercombe Blackheath

Please click here to read the paper.

Murdostoun staff receive long service awards

A special mention was given to Jackaleen Paton who works on the domestic team who has worked at the centre for 25 years. Jackaleen started working at Murdostoun when the centre first opened in September 1995.

Fun had by all at Moorpark Place

Set in the beautiful Garnock Valley countryside, Moorpark Place provides a comfortable home and residential care to 25 adults with autism. On Sunday, August 20, staff, residents, carers and family members came together to host an Fun Day at Moorpark to showcase our fantastic facility and strengthen links...

Summer Fete

Families and carers are invited to join in with a day of fun, food, games and stalls to support building relationships and having an open approachable atmosphere for the service we offer. The summer festival was held on Saturday 20th August within the hospital grounds and involved a...

Multi-disciplinary working is the key to high level rehabilitation

The range of symptoms and disabilities a person with brain injury may experience vary greatly, depending on the type of injury and its location. There are two types of brain injury, which are mainly distinguished by their cause. Acquired brain injury (ABI) is caused by any brain injury...

Mexican inspired day to celebrate outstanding inspection results at Sherwood

The specialist care home for men with mental health problems and learning disabilities was inspected by Nottingham CCG and scored 97% for the second year running. Inspectors for the commissioning authority looked at care standards as well as the home’s success in supporting men to move on with...

Huntercombe’s Dr John Holloway invited to talk about Rehabilitation in the Guardian

Read more here: Rehabilitation Health Awareness Supplement

Getting the support you need for mental-health issues

By Andy Acquaye, Deputy Hospital Director, Huntercombe Hospital Roehampton Managing mental-health issues is enormously complex, for health professionals, social services, carers, families, friends and patients alike. This reflects not only the range of conditions that fall under the banner of mental health,  but also the difficulty of diagnosing...

Are you looking for respite care this Summer?

In addition to 24 hour specialist nursing care and a change of scene, our respite clients have the opportunity to meet others, share new experiences and enjoy any of our therapeutic or social activities.  We can also use this time to reassess an individual’s care needs and offer...