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Yew Trees

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Yew Trees is an independent hospital situated in the village of Kirby-Le-Soken, Essex. It provides assessment and intervention for up to ten women who are living with a learning disability and complex needs. People who have additional mental and physical health needs and behaviours that are perceived to be challenging can also be supported at Yew Trees. The service can also support people who have been detained under the Mental Health Act. 

Yew Trees has two elements: which supports women with a learning disability and complex needs. A self-contained bespoke apartment offering 24 hour care and support for one female who requires more intensive support. Yew Trees is located in a quiet village location, it is a large house set in its own grounds within the community. There is a private and spacious garden to the back of the house for people to enjoy. Everyone has their own room and there is a choice of lounges and communal areas for people to use.

The people who come to Yew Trees are encourage and supported to access the local community. When people come toYew Trees it may be for the following reasons; they could be coming from a home environment, supported living or from a residential service due to an illness or a crisis in their life. They may be moving on from a placement at an NHS or other specialist learning disability service, or following a stay at a secure unit. At Yew Trees we believe that everyone should be treated as a full and valued member of their community with the same rights as everyone else. Therefore, our focus is on rehabilitation and the improvement of the health and well-being of service users, developing trusting relationships and attaining positive outcomes. Service users are encouraged to identify and achieve their own personal aspirations using person centred thinking and approaches. At Yew Trees we work hard with the people, their families and those closest to them to find out what is important to them and what their hopes and dreams for the future are. This is part of our commitment to use every opportunity we can to hear and act on the views of those we support and those who know and care about them best.

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About Yew Trees

Yew Trees is a period art deco property close to Clacton beach and offers the people we serve spacious accommodation. There are local village shops and amenities within walking distance. Yew Trees has transport which people can use for activities and to access the local community, along with local public transport links. There is plenty of choice for outdoor leisure activities in the area including a swimming pool, colleges and a gym. There is an activity room where people can enjoy a range of indoor activities including music, arts and crafts, and relaxation sessions. When people come to Yew Trees we ask them how they would like to personalise their room and we support them to do that. 

Our 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. Community based activities give people opportunities to meet others, experience new activities, participate in leisure activities and practice social skills. Activities depend on individual preferences and can include a variety of community based and educational choices.

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Person Centred Care

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When an individual is admitted to Yew Trees we work with them to ensure that the care we deliver is person centred. Using person centred approaches and tools we find out what is important to them, how they want us to assist them and, crucially, their dreams and aspirations. This information informs the care and support we provide and helps us to ensure we are clear about what is working or not working for the individual in their day to day lives.

We aim to ensure that we utilise all opportunities to hear and act on the views of the people who use Yew Trees and those who know and care about them. This includes ensuring 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.

Family Matters

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Family mealWe recognise that the people we serve are part of a wider circle of family, friends and networks that are important to them and, important to us.

We encourage our service users to identify family and friends who care about them. We aim to 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

Personal Activities Plan

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The organisation employs dedicated activities co-ordinators who support 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.

A safe place to be

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Safe PlaceOur organisation is committed to delivering care and support in a safe, dignified and respectful manner. We have an extensive governance system that monitors individual and organisation 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.

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 well-being.

Service User Involvement

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Individuals are encouraged and supported to say how they feel about all aspects of the service. This includes their views about how we provide support to them and also about aspects of service delivery such as day opportunities.
There is a Service User Forum that meets regularly and discusses a wide a range of issues from social events to day to day issues such as mealtimes and menu's.

The wider organisation also has processes in place to ensure the voice of those who use our services is heard. These include forums, service user questionnaires and exit questionnaires that utilise a suite of easy read materials and technologies to enable maximum participation.

All service users have direct access to an independent advocate. The advocacy group working at Yew Trees is called VoiceAbility

Yew Trees Hospital

12 The Street
CO13 0EE
phone-easyread 01255 850 990

Manager: Nicola Darby
mail 25x25 

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