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Danshell Learning Disability and Autism Services 

Danshell supports and cares for adults living with a learning disability or autism in specialist hospitals and residential services. Our aim is to deliver effective and outcome based services within person centred, professional care environments. We support individuals with a learning disability, who are on the autistic spectrum or have mental or physical ill health. We set high standards for ourselves in the delivery of care, and most importantly, we put service users at the centre of everything we do.

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Hattie's* Journey


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Hattie* is a 45 year old lady living with a severe learning disability, autism and epilepsy.

She was admitted to Wast Hills House under Section 2 of the Mental Health Act. Her community placement had broken down due to presenting behaviours in the form of continual high pitched screaming, slapping and punching to the face and causing significant injury to supporting staff. Hattie* was also experiencing a high number of falls, resulting in numerous admissions to A&E for head injuries. In a short space of time, it was established that Hattie* was extremely vulnerable and due to her behaviour of high vocalisation, she was putting herself at risk from peers. She was therefore provided with a bespoke package under the Deprivation of Liberty authorisation whereby she had a lounge created for her own use, utilised only by one other female peer whom she got on well with.

Hattie’s* medication was reviewed including her epilepsy medication, resulting in a reduction of seizure activity. She received a full health assessment in addition to a communication assessment supporting the staff to recognise pain related behaviours. The Wast Hills team worked closely with the GP to establish suitable treatment. Following this Hattie* made remarkable progress and was able to build therapeutic relationships with staff and begin to commence activities that she had historically enjoyed but lost interest in whilst unwell.

Hattie* made such good progress that she was discharged after six months to a community placement close to her family. Her mother and sister reported that ‘Hattie* was back to herself’ and that they ‘had not seen her looking so happy and healthy for such a long time’.