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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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Vickie PetersVickie Peters is Danshell's Consultant Nurse for the North East. Vickie has worked with people with learning disabilities and autism for over 17 years and was until recently a Modern Matron in an NHS low secure service learning disability and autism service.

Vickie qualified as a learning disability nurse at York University in 1999 and has a particular interest in supporting people with associated mental health and personality disorders. Vickie and is trained within Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Behavioural Family Therapist, and is currently working towards an MSc in Transformational Leadership.

Vickie has presented within regional and local conferences on a variety of topic’s relating to supporting people with learning disabilities in secure care.

Specialism Areas

  • Learning Disabilities
  • Complex Needs and Behaviours
  • Secure Care
  • Physical Health
  • Mental Health
  • Mindfulness


Dialectical Behaviour Therapy

Behavioural Family Therapy


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