Learning Disability

  • A Day in the Life Gary DochertyMy name is Gary Docherty and I am the Consultant Nurse for Scotland within Danshell. Here is a bit about my day to day life, the challenges affecting my role and what I love most about what I do.

  • Christmas Card 1The annual Danshell Christmas Card competition has seen over 120 cards flying in to the York Central Support Office, filling the place with glitter and colour. Service user representatives from around the country came to York to help with our jolly judging day, dressed in their best Christmas jumpers.

  • Beth Autism TrainingBeth Fields, Charge Nurse at Cedar Vale, one of our services in the Midlands, has been working hard to support positive change and autism awareness within the local community.

  • DSC 0494 Web SizeMembers of the team at our services across the East Midlands are celebrating after receiving multiple nominations at prestigious regional and national awards.

  • DSC 0332 800x536Our teams in the West Midlands have been recognised for the outstanding quality of the support given to people with learning disabilities and autism with a clutch of national award nominations.

  • Toller2The entire team at Toller Road care home are celebrating after being recognised for the high quality of personalised support they provide.

    The care home received the ‘Putting People First Award’ at the East Midlands regional Great British Care Awards, and will now go on to represent their region at the national final in February next year.

  • Willow House BILDAt the end 2017, Matthew and Daniel, two gentlemen from Willow House, were invited to join an advisory group with the British Institute of Learning Disabilities (BILD). The advisory group meets four times a year and reports directly to the BILD Board of Directors. The aim of these sessions is to discuss issues and challenges facing adults with learning disabilities and how they can overcome these barriers.

  • DSC00040 640x480The people we support at Willow House, our care home for people with learning disabilities in Birmingham, have been enjoying the snowfall this December. They got excited for the Christmas period with fun games in the snow and a person-centred awards night.

  • Amy Childs AwardsAmy Childs, our Midlands Consultant Nurse, has had a busy year, with a trio of award shortlistings this year alone. Amy gained recognition as the Service Manager of Wast Hills, leading the team to achieve an Outstanding with the CQC. The team at Wast Hills have continued this trend of excellence, also being shortlisted for three awards in 2017.

  • LD Awards Finalists 2018We are delighted to say that we have had eight people / teams shortlisted at the National LD & Autism Awards 2018. 

  • Care Awards logo 2017 Finalist 2Jo Crook, Manager of Hollyhurst care home in Darlington, has been named as a finalist at a national awards. Jo is in the running for ‘Care Home Manager of the Year’ at the National Care Awards.

  • Ducks Halt hero 640x427We are delighted to announce that Ducks Halt in Kirby-le-Soken has been newly developed and changed registration with the CQC. A series of positive changes has seen Ducks Halt, a specialist service for people with learning disabilities, re-registered as a residential service.

  • Ducks Halt hero 640x427We are delighted to announce that Ducks Halt in Kirby-le-Soken has been newly developed and changed registration with the CQC. A series of positive changes has seen Ducks Halt, a specialist service for people with learning disabilities, re-registered as a residential service.

  • Small new danshell 1 Web SizeChantel Cumberland, Activity Coordinator at Ducks Halt care home in Kirby-le-Soken, Essex, has been shortlisted in the Activity Organiser category at the Great British Care Awards.

  • Newbus Grange exterior 1Noel* is a gentleman with a diagnosis of a learning disability, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down’s Syndrome and epilepsy. Noel* is very sensitive to change with all aspects of his day to day life, and changes can increase his stress and anxiety.

  • Whorlton1 612x460Johnathan Whitwell, our Sports Coordinator who works in our services in the North East, has a fantastic story of positive change and how Chris, a person he supports at Whorlton Hall, gained more independence through increasing physical activity. Chris is proud of his story and his progress, particularly with his BMI and would love to share this with you all.

  • Gung HoStaff from Hope House, one of our North-East specialist care homes for people with learning disabilities, have gone Gung-Ho to raise cash for charity.

  • DSC 0429 Web SizeHow does Danshell make a difference? We asked some very important people - our Service Managers, their teams, and most importantly, the people they support.

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    A MIDLANDS nurse’s pioneering practice has seen him shortlisted for two prestigious awards. Warren Cocker, who developed an innovative programme to help people with learning disabilities and autism access healthcare screening, has been shortlisted as a finalist for The Learning Disability Nurse Award at both the National Learning Disability and Autism Awards 2018 and at the RCNi Nurse Awards 2018. 

  • Inspire MeHollyhurst, a care home in Darlington has hosted its first Inspire Me Day this month and have had really positive feedback from the people they support and the staff team. The aim of the day was for everyone to work together and come up with fresh ideas of new activities to take part in. These would be for both in the community and within Hollyhurst, helping everyone to get inspired, have a go at activities they find interesting and try new things.

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