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Wast Hills

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Wast Hills Independent Hospital for Adults on the Autistic Spectrum Wast Outstanding

Wast Hills is an award winning Independent Hospital for adults on the autistic spectrum with associated complex needs.

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Wast Hills mapLocated in Kings Norton, Birmingham, Wast Hills provides assessment and treatment for up to 25 men and women with autism, who are also living with learning disabilities and complex needs. The team can also support people who may be detained under the Mental Health Act, as well as those who have complex behaviours, or who have significant difficulties with social engagement.

Wast Hills is an impressive period property, set in six acres of gardens and formerly part of the Cadbury estate. The service consists of three autism provisions, which provide different levels of support depending on the individual:

  • Wast Hills House provides support for up to 15 people who are living with autism and associated complex needs, including four bespoke provisions
  • Wast Hills Lodge, which is a separate four bed service for people who are towards the end of their care pathway towards independent living
  • Wast Hills Annexe, which provides intensive therapy, treatment and support for six people who are living with complex autistic conditions

Wast Hills provides a structured, positive, empathic and low-arousal environment with good links to home, the community and outside agencies. Wast Hills is registered with the Autism Accreditation programme, which provides an autism-specific quality assurance programme for organisations throughout the UK and across the world.

Everyone has their own en-suite bedroom and they are encouraged and supported to personalise their own space. Within Wast Hills there are many good sized living areas and people can choose to use a gender specific lounge or be in mixed company. Other facilities include two on site sensory rooms, a computer room and two activity rooms. In addition there is a life skills kitchen where people are supported to make their own drinks and prepare food. Service users also have access to extensive outside space.

Wast Hills is situated between Birmingham and Redditch, with many towns nearby that provide a variety of activities for service users. These include going to the cinema, swimming, enjoying the hydropool, shopping and bowling. Wast Hills is close to the M42, providing links to all over the UK. People are supported to visit local places of interest and leisure and be supported in their spiritual beliefs.

Wast Hills has two dedicated Activity Coordinators who support service users to have individual activity plans, which are created based on each person’s likes and hobbies. Their goal is to enable people to structure their time, build relationships and establish a balance between therapy, self-care, work and leisure, as appropriate to their individual needs.

People could come to any of the three Wast Hills autism provisions for a variety of reasons. They could come from a home environment, supported living or residential service due to an illness or a crisis in their life. They may also come following a stay at an NHS or other specialist autism or learning disability service, including a secure service.

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Person Centred Care

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Danshell Logo small3When an individual is admitted to Wast Hills they are assigned a key worker who helps them develop a person centred plan, sometimes along with advocates.

The plan will record facts that are important to the individual such as how they like to spend their leisure time, which people in their lives are important to them and what they would like to achieve for themselves. Staff can then help individuals set and achieve realistic goals.

Plans include a number of indicators which measure how that person is progressing along their own care pathway. These indicators will be available to track at the regular CPA meetings which professionals, family and carers are invited to. During the CPA meetings, all those involved in a person's care will give input and formulate future plans for that service user.

Individuals will be registered with an NHS General Practitioner, a dentist and podiatry services if required. Additional services can also be sourced such as a dietician, physiotherapy and sexual health and relationship programmes.

Personal Activities Plan

Wast Hills - Personal Activities Plan

activities twoA structured activity plan is of real importance to individuals on the autistic spectrum and the hospital encourages and supports service users to develop a daily plan of activity which meets their needs and personal choices.

Wast Hills also has a dedicated activities co-ordinator who will help develop these individual person centred plans. The wants, needs and interests of each service user are at the heart of the plans and a whole range of activities can be organized to meet these - they may include computer skills, exercise, gardening, cooking, and community access through to college attendance depending on what each individual chooses.

Community activities can include education and training, exercise, employment (paid and voluntary), leisure, community groups, sensory activities, leisure activities, spirituality and cultural activities while life skills such as shopping, cooking, cleaning and laundry form part of the preparation for service users preparing to move on to more independent or supported living accommodation.

One-to-one activities are also at the heart of daily plans.

The hospital receives a weekly allowance to help fund activities and each service user receives their own weekly allowance which they can use to fulfil their activities programme. It can be used to buy special equipment as well as paying for activities.

Positive Behaviour Support

Wast Hills - Positive Behaviour Support

Positive Behavioural Support is based on the person's autism, sensory profile, learning and adaptive skills.
People's lives are usually enhanced when they benefit from a variety of activities each day; an active network of friends, neighbours, relatives and acquaintances, reflecting the personal preferences of the individual. PBS aims to support people to achieve these things regardless of the challenges.

The goal is to improve quality of life by creating responsive environments and building new skills. It aims to provide tailored and comprehensive skilled support rather than simply attempting to reduce specific behaviours. PBS as a behaviour support tool is being rolled out across all services and full training given to all staff.

Wast Hills Hospital

Wast Hills House
Wast Hills Lane
Kings Norton
B38 9ET
phone-easyread0121 458 2263

Manager: Amy Childs
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