Danshell News

  • Wast Hills Outstanding Star Wide Web

    We are absolutely delighted to announce that Wast Hills Hospital in Kings Norton, Birmingham has been rated by the Care Quality Commission as ‘Outstanding’.

    Wast Hills is one of only a very small percentage of care services which have received the ultimate accolade from the regulator.

    Wast Hills is an independent hospital providing specialist support and services for adults on the autistic spectrum with associated complex needs.

  • DSC 0982 2 WebsizeWe are so proud to announce that Wast Hills, our Specialist Autism Hospital near Birmingham, has received its second ‘Outstanding’ rating.

    Inspectors from the CQC reported that Wast Hills provides ‘Outstanding’ care and support for people with autism – the second time in two years the service has received this top rating.

  • HealthInvestor Awards White Web Article SizeWe are hugely proud to say that we have been shortlisted for two prestigious awards. We are finalists in both the Specialist Care Provider of the Year and the Complex Care Provider of the Year categories at the HealthInvestor Awards 2018.

  • STOMP Web ArticleWe are proud to announce that on Wednesday April 25th 2018, we made a group-wide pledge to STOMP (Stopping the Over Medication of People with learning disabilities, autism or both).

  • Whorlton Hall Long ServiceWhorlton Hall, our hospital for people with learning disabilities in Barnard Castle, has recognised the dedication and commitment of four members of its team with a party to celebrate.

  • Jane McCarthy 2017   

    We are pleased to tell you that we have recently appointed Dr Jane McCarthy as our new Medical Director.

    Dr McCarthy brings with her more than 20 years’ of experience as a Consultant Psychiatrist working with people with learning disabilities and autism spectrum disorders, across a number of care providers. These include community, in-patient and secure services.

  • SupportWe asked three very important questions to some very important people - our Service Managers, their teams, and most importantly, the people they support. We asked:

    • What makes a good Manager?
    • What are the most rewarding and most challenging parts of your job?
    • How does Danshell make a difference?
    • SupportWhat makes a good Manager? We asked some very important people - our Service Managers, their teams, and most importantly, the people they support.

    • Whorlton Hall Writing Course

      In November a new letter writing course began at Whorlton Hall. The course is being run in conjunction with Darlington Borough Council’s Learning and Skills Service, Learning for Life. The course tutor, Grainne, has a great deal of experience in teaching life skills to people with learning disabilities and is looking forward to working with Danielle, David and Andrew over the length of the course.

    • Activity Hub11   

      Whorlton Hall’s Activity Coordinators, Jamie Oliver and Audrey Jones, have been hard at work creating a brand new ‘Activity Hub’ that had its grand opening at the end of August.

      Whorlton Hall is our independent hospital in the North East, located in a picturesque village near to Barnard Castle, County Durham. The team at Whorlton Hall supports individuals living with a learning disability and ensure they live full and active lives.

      There was much excitement from both service users and staff with the announcement of the new Activity Hub and a full schedule was planned for its first week in action.

    • iStock 860939704The enthusiasm with which Dominic* approaches life is clear to see from the moment he invites you into his home. 

      Not remotely bothered to be disturbed during his lunch, which he has prepared himself, he tells us all about his recent journey and progress since leaving secure services. Dominic is now supported at Danshell’s Hope House, which provides residential support with nursing for people with a learning disability in their own apartments. He’s proud to show off his home, even if, as he says, he doesn’t spend that much time there.

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