Danshell News

  • Andrew Prepares for More Independence

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    Andrew at Chesterholmehas been preparing for when he moves on from the Hexham service, towards more independent living. Chesterholme is an independent hospital for people with learning disabilities and complex needs. The staff team there have been helping him prepare for this time, supporting him to make his own choices and take part in the activities he enjoys.

  • Cedar Vale Has Major Refurbishment

    Cedar ValeCedar Vale hospital in East Bridgford, near Nottingham has been undergoing redevelopment over the last few months, and now the work is complete, we’d like to tell you about everything that’s been going on.

  • Danshell Attends Learning Disability Today 2016

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    Danshell staff and service users attended Learning Disability Today 2016 at the end of last month, aiming to promote our services and meet likeminded people within the industry. It was also a great opportunity for service users to do something different, visit a new place and take part in some fun activities.

  • Danshell Olympics

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    Our services in the Midlands have been celebrating the Rio Olympics by hosting a Danshell Midlands Regional Olympics. The event was held on the same day as the Olympics Opening ceremony, perfect for getting everyone excited about the games to come.

    The four Midlands services worked together to produce an all-inclusive day, where both service users and staff took part in events, promoting fitness and teamwork for everyone involved.

  • Danshell Welcomes a New Finance Director

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    We are delighted to announce that we have appointed a new Finance Director, Clynt Hall.

    A qualified accountant, Clynt has extensive experience in senior finance roles within the healthcare sector, having previously worked for another care provider, which at the time operated around 300 care homes and cared for more 18,000 residents. Prior to that, Clynt has worked for a number of other successful multi-site businesses.

  • Fantastic Family Evening at Toller Road

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    On the 19th October, Old Earl Redston Hall opened its doors for the first time for service to a selected guest list.

    The team at Toller Road were looking for ways to engage further with family members. During his appraisal, Guy Churchill, Chef at Toller Road, came up with the idea of transforming the dining room in the service into a fabulous restaurant.

  • Fantastic National Award Success

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    Danshell has been officially recognised nationally for the outstanding support our services provide for people with learning disabilities and autism.

  • Fighting Fit at Toller Road

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    Toller Road has been working on a new initiative to get service users more active and improve their overall wellbeing and fitness. This initiative has been led by Activity Co-ordinator, Penny Watson.

  • Group News

  • Healthy Living at Ranaich House

    Ranaich House are in the process of applying for The Healthy Living Award. This award is given to Scottish organisations that are committed to ensuring that their catering facilities meet the following targets:

    • Fruit Web sizeKeep the level of fat and oil to a minimum
    • Keep the level of salt in food to a minimum
    • Keep the level of sugar in food to a minimum
    • Make fruit and vegetables clearly available
    • Make starchy food the main part of most meals
    • Support healthier eating through promotion
    • Ensure at least 50% of the food meets the criteria
    • Hollyhurst Rated 'Good' by CQC

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      Hollyhurst residential service in Darlington has been praised by the independent regulator, the Care Quality Commission, for the quality of its care and support, receiving a ‘Good’ rating.

    • Hope House Turns Pink to Support Cancer Charity

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      Service users and staff at Hope House and Hope Lodge in Hartlepool raised more than £150 for Breast Cancer Now at a special Pink-themed party.

      Featuring painted pottery, delicious cakes and a fundraising raffle and tombola and attended by the Mayor of Hartlepool, Cllr Rob Cook, the day was organised by service users to raise awareness of breast cancer ahead of Wear it Pink Day.

    • Me and My Support Group

      Every so often in our services, the key worker groups change due to new staff joining and others leaving. Instead of staff deciding which person should be the key worker for each service user, they hand it over to the service users.

    • More Award Success for Wast Hills Autism Service

      Wast HillsWast Hills Hospital in Kings Norton, Birmingham has been recognised for its excellence at the national Autism Professional Awards.

    • National Accreditation for Newbus Grange in Darlington

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      We are delighted to announce that Newbus Grange in Darlington, is celebrating after receiving Quality Network for Inpatient Learning Disability Services (QNLD) accreditation from the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

    • National Award for Trinity House Team

      Trinity House exterior 1We are very proud to say that Trinity House in Lockerbie has been recognised for its excellent practice in supporting people with learning disabilities with a prestigious national award.

    • Newbus Grange Raises Over £5000 for Charity

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      Service users and staff at Newbus Grange, one of our services near Darlington, have shown their charitable spirit and raised more than £5,000 for good causes during 2016.

    • Professor Bill Lindsay

      Bill LindsayIt is with great sadness that we have learnt this weekend of the tragic news that Professor Bill Lindsay, our Lead Consultant Psychologist and Head of Research, has passed away peacefully on Saturday night.

    • Q&A with a Danshell Consultant Nurse

      Alyson TaylorWe've had a Q&A with one of our new Consultant Nurses, Aly Taylor, to find out how she's settling in and what she's enjoying so far about her role.

    • Ranaich House Achieves 'HealthyLiving' Award!

      Healthy Living Award positive wideCongratulations to Ranaich House residential care home in Dunblane for achieving the 'HealthyLiving' Award!

      The award recognises those who strive to promote the principles of a healthy balanced diet, using healthier ingredients and preparation methods, and is fully supported by the Scottish Government and NHS Health Scotland.