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Newbus Grange

Newbus Grange exterior 1Location: Neasham, Darlington    
Number of beds: 17     
Gender: Male     
Age: 18+
Service: Hospital 

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Hazel Southern  

Hazel Southern 2017

Newbus Grange
Hurworth Road, Neasham
Darlington DL2 1PE
01325 721 951

Case Study 5

Newbus Grange is an Independent Hospital for men living with autism, learning disabilities and complex needs

Based in the beautiful countryside near Darlington, County Durham, Newbus Grange provides assessment and intervention for up to 17 men living with autism, learning disabilities and complex needs. The team can also support individuals who may have been detained under the Mental Health Act, as well as those who have complex behaviours, or who have significant difficulties with social engagement.

Newbus Grange provides a structured, positive, empathic and low-arousal environment with good links to home, the community and outside agencies. At the end of 2017, Newbus Grange  received two national accreditations. The first was the Accreditation for Inpatient Learning Disability Mental Health Services (AIMS-LD) from the Quality Network for Inpatient Learning Disability Services (QNLD) by the Royal College of Psychiatrists. The second accreditation was made to Newbus Grange by the National Autistic Society (NAS). Both of these accreditations made comment to the fantastic person-centred approach at Newbus Grange that is supported by the innovative model of care, Personal PATHS. This ensures the focus remains entirely on enabling the people they support to have the highest quality of life, choice, independence and happiness.

Newbus Grange is an impressive period property situated in a quiet semi-rural location. The service is accessed via a picturesque tree-lined 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 and visitors.

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 also 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.

Service users can also visit nearby Darlington, where there are many community and autism friendly activities for people to access, including leisure centres, a cinema, a theatre, markets, shops and cafes.

Newbus Grange has 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 come to Newbus Grange 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.

Our Model of Care

Within Newbus Grange we follow the five key principles that form our model of care, Personal PATHS.

1. Positive Behaviour Support (PBS)
2. Appreciative Inquiry Methodology
3. Therapeutic Outcomes
4. Healthy Lifestyles
5. Safe Services

We believe that we must be fully accountable to the people we support, their families and to those who commission services on their behalf. Personal PATHS model of care is our unique way of supporting this.