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Newbus Grange Independent Autism Service in County Durham

Newbus Grange is an independent hospital situated near Darlington, County Durham. It provides assessment and intervention for up to 17 men living with autism, a learning disability and complex needs. The service can also support individuals who may be detained under the Mental Health Act and those who have behaviours perceived as challenging or who have significant difficulties with social engagement

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People come to Newbus Grange for the following reasons; they could be moving on from a home environment, supported living or from a residential service due to an illness or a crisis in their life. They may come following a placement at an NHS or other specialist autism or learning disability service. Or it may be that they are moving on following a stay at a secure unit.

Newbus Grange provides a structured, positive, empathic and low-arousal environment with good links to home and outside agencies. Newbus Grange is registered with the National Autistic Society and working towards NAS accreditation which provides an autism-specific quality assurance programme for organisations throughout the UK and across the world.

About Newbus Grange

Newbus Grange is an impressive period property situated in a quiet semi-rural location. The service is accessed via a picturesque treelined driveway and is set in its own extensive grounds. Within Newbus Grange there are many good sized living areas that people can choose to use. Other facilities include a sensory room, a sensory bathroom, massage therapy room, a well-stocked arts and crafts room and a music and movement room. In addition there is a life skills kitchen where people are supported to make their own drinks and prepare food for themselves.

Within the grounds there is an allotment, which is looked after by the people who use the service, a greenhouse, sensory garden, trim trail and cycle path. Newbus Grange has fishing rights for an area of the River Tees close by. There is a large lawn with patio and seating areas for people and their visitors to enjoy. Within walking distance of Newbus Grange are the beautiful villages of Neasham and Hurworth on Tees, where riverside walks and picnics are popular. Hurworth on Tees also offers the usual local amenities including a pharmacy, convenience store, pubs and restaurants.

Newbus Grange sponsors the annual Hurworth Country Fair where they are always made welcome by the local village and other visitors to the event. Newbus Grange is located a short drive from the historic market town of Darlington. Here there are many community and Autism friendly activities for people to access. These include leisure centres, cinema, theatre, markets, shops and cafes.

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About Newbus Grange

Newbus Grange - About Newbus Grange

Danshell Logo small3Newbus Grange is an impressive period property situated in a quiet semi-rural location. The service is accessed via a picturesque treelined driveway and is set in its own extensive grounds.

Within Newbus Grange there are many good sized living areas that people can choose to use. Other facilities include a sensory room, a sensory bathroom, massage therapy room, a well-stocked arts and crafts room and a music and movement room. In addition there is an Activities of Daily Living (ADL) training kitchen where people are supported to make their own drinks and prepare food for themselves.

Within the grounds there is an allotment, which is looked after by the people who use the service, a greenhouse, sensory garden, trim trail and cycle path. Newbus Grange has fishing rights for an area of the River Tees close by. There is a large lawn with patio and seating areas for people and their visitors to enjoy.

Within walking distance of Newbus Grange are the beautiful villages of Neasham and Hurworth on Tees, where riverside walks and picnics are popular. Hurworth on Tees also offers the usual local amenities including a pharmacy, convenience store, pubs and restaurants. Newbus Grange sponsors the annual Hurworth Country Fair where they are always made welcome by the local village and other visitors to the event.

Newbus Grange is located a short drive from the historic market town of Darlington. Here there are many community and Autism friendly activities for people to access. These include leisure centres, cinema, theatre, markets, shops and cafes.

Family Matters

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Family mealThe team at Newbus Grange know that the people we serve are part of a wider circle of family, friends and networks that are important to them and therefore, important to us. We work in partnership with them to ensure we provide the right service for their relative but also to support them in their own right as a family carer. Family carers and important others are encouraged to develop good contact arrangements with staff at Newbus Grange. We look forward to receiving visitors as well as updates from family, carers and friends by email, phone or Skype/ FaceTime.

Some of our family carers at Newbus Grange are involved in the recruitment and interview process for employing staff. This ensures that they have their say about who they think would be able to deliver good support at Newbus Grange.

The Danshell Family Carer Forum is run independently by a group of family carers and there are representatives from every region of the UK. The forum facilitates family carers to ask questions, discuss worries and support one another. It produces a quarterly newsletter which helps families share experiences as well as keeping people up to date with benefit information, legislative changes and relevant Danshell developments.

Personal Activities Plan

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Newbus Grange has a dedicated activities co-ordinator who supports service users to have individual person-centred plans. The wants, needs and interests of each individual are established through a variety of sources of information and communication with key people.

Service users are supported to participate in social activities that may be of interest to them through the well-established network of community based groups in Darlington and the wider County Durham area.

Penny - Activity Co-ordinator - Newbus Grange

I work as the activity coordinator for Newbus Grange. This involves supporting and encouraging service users living with autism to develop their domestic, social and communication skills. Day-today, I work with the individual, their family and friends, the MDT team and key-workers to ensure I offer activities that they enjoy participating in.

We work to ensure that all key elements of Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) are factored into individual’s everyday activities. This is because activity plans form a critical element of a person’s primary response to their behaviour support plan. As a team, we provide a minimum of 30 hours of person-centred activities each week, and continually encourage individual participation in meaningful activities.

Each service user has their own person-centred activity timetable in a format that they choose. For example, it can be written in a schedule book, displayed on a wall-planner or synced to their iPads. In regards to activities on offer, Newbus Grange has a sensory room, arts and crafts and music and movement room. In addition it offers a training kitchen to provide independent living skills, a sensory bathroom and the chance to have a therapeutic massage.

External activities can be accessed via various social inclusion activities within the village and local area, and individuals are supported to utilise all that is on offer.

Positive Behaviour Support

Newbus Grange - Positive Behaviour Support

Many of the people we serve at Newbus Grange have behaviours that challenge services. We believe that we have to make a long term commitment to providing the right support for each individual to improve their quality of life. This does not mean that people need to remain in the same place but rather we continue to support them in a person centred way along their care pathway and ensure that what we learn about the person and the best way to work with them, is respected, applied and built on.

Importantly, our way of working supports people to be included in their own communities and promotes choice and control, the development of skills and alternative strategies for coping with challenging situations.

To enable this to happen we implement a range of interventions including:

  • Functional Assessment of Behaviour.
  • Personal Positive Behavioural Support Plans.
  • Individualised activity and skill acquisition programmes.
  • Education and employment opportunities.
  • Specialist assessments of need and risk e.g. HCR-20.
A Safe Place To Be

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Safe Place

Our organisation is committed to delivering care and support in a safe, dignified and respectful manner. We have an extensive governance system called “Safe, Sound and Supportive” that monitors individual and organisational performance against a range of safety and outcome indicators.

Using electronic reporting systems we are able to monitor and act swiftly in response to incidents or untoward events. Our systems and structures provide what we believe to be a ‘gold standard’ approach to securing service user safety.

Across all services there is an independent and confidential whistle blowing policy and service for all staff to use if they are worried about service user safety, care and wellbeing.

Service User Involvement

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We encourage people to say how they feel about all aspects of the service they receive and we give them the tools and support to do this. This includes their views about how we deliver support to them, their care plans and the activities they want to do. This is done by supporting people who would like to be a part of the service user forum at Newbus Grange. Here they can tell us what matters to them, their points and actions are noted, created in an accessible form and fed back to the manager to act on and feedback to the group. We also support people to attend the regular regional service user forums which are a great way for individuals to meet new people from other services and exchange ideas.

A number of service users have been trained as Experts by Experience or Quality Checkers, their role is part of the Quality Development Review Team who, inspect services to make sure they are good. We also train and support people to be a valued member of the recruitment and interview process in many of our services. We have created policies, communication and measuring tools to enable this to happen across all of our services. Feedback from the people we serve is vital to making sure we are doing things well. We have post CPA and service user exit questionnaires which are used to support people to do that. Adapted questionnaires are used for people who need support in communication and that way we can be sure all voices are heard and acted upon. All feedback is collated and fed back to the board.

The advocacy group working at Newbus Grange is called VoiceAbility and everyone we serve has access to an independent advocate.

Danshell is committed to developing services that reflect what the people who use our services and their families tell us is important. This includes ensuring that they and their family and carers are fully involved in processes such as the Care Programme Approach (CPA) and in evaluating the service we provide.

Staff Support

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A Support health gpThe people who are supported at Newbus Grange have full access to specialist clinical and therapeutic support. This ensures we are able to deliver creative, flexible and effective responses to meet each individual’s needs. Our multi-professional team includes nurses, support workers, activity coordinator, speech and language therapist, occupational therapist, clinical psychologist and psychiatrist.

At Newbus Grange our staff are specially trained to meet a range of health and social care needs including helping people to manage long term conditions such as diabetes and epilepsy. The staff numbers are adjusted to allow greater flexibility in responding to the long and short term needs of each individual. When new staff come to Newbus Grange they are trained in autism awareness. This is then followed by Qualifications Credit Framework (QCF) autism modules which will have been identified in the staff member’s personal development programme.

We strive to care for people in the least restrictive way and to adhere to the values and principles of Positive Behaviour Support (PBS). We are committed to the learning and development of our staff as stated in our Quality Strategy and Personal PATHS model of care. We have also created a Training and Development Strategy which reflects the importance of increasing people’s confidence, knowledge and expertise.

 

Newbus Grange Hospital

Hurworth Road
Neasham
Darlington
County Durham
DL2 1PE
phone-easyread 01325 721 951

Hazel Southern

Manager: Hazel Southern
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