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Recruitment Open Day - Dundee 5th May 2017

Dundee Recruitment Open Day 5th May 2017

 

Kick start your career in care with Danshell

Join us at our recruitment day for Nurses (RNLD, RMN, or RGN with learning disability experience)

We’re looking for enthusiastic, imaginative and passionate people to join our support team at a newly refurbished service in Dundee.  You’ll be part of a team committed to providing the best possible support to people with learning disabilities/autism/mental health needs. Come and join us at our open recruitment day!

Drop in anytime from 9-5, or phone us for more information on 01382 819 910.

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5th May 2017, 9am-5pm - drop in anytime
119 Americanmuir Road
Dundee
DD3 9AG

01382 819 910


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Andrew Prepares for More Independence

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Andrew at Chesterholme has 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.

Andrew recently gave a presentation on the process of moving on at People’s Parliament, the North East region’s service user forum. These forums are run by service users, enabling people to have the opportunity to discuss their thoughts on the service, share concerns and make suggestions for activities or on ways to improve their daily lives. It is also a great way for people to share their experiences and help others that are going through the same things.

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His presentation was brilliant, explaining about everything he does, his hobbies, and the place where he works. He also told everyone how he was preparing for moving by making a list of the things he will need when he leaves Chesterholme and about going on a grand shopping expedition with his support staff to buy things for his new place.

The staff team at Chesterholme are all working with Andrew to help support and prepare him for when he moves on. Andrew participates in a vast array of activities, all of which promote his independence, community access, and provide opportunities that empower Andrew to make appropriate choices and decisions.

Andrew works at Greenbox, run by the Hextol Foundation, once a week, packing information leaflets into envelopes and taking them to the local post office. He enjoys the responsibility and work environment and has had brilliant feedback from the team at Greenbox.

Andrew Independence4Minerva, a charity run arts centre supporting adults with learning disabilities, is another place Andrew enjoys going to each week. He loves getting stuck in with the wide range of creative projects available, such as silk painting, screen printing, pottery and furniture restoration. Through Minerva, Andrew has the opportunity to meet others while working in a friendly and supportive community-based environment.

The team also support Andrew to learn life skills that will help him when he moves. He thoroughly enjoys shopping and cooking, working alongside staff to decide what they would like to make for their tea. He is central to the whole process, from checking the larder cupboard, to buying the ingredients, to preparing, cooking, and presenting, before they can finally enjoy the tasty meal they have created.

Andrew now feels confident in his abilities and ready for the next step. When Andrew makes the move from Chesterholme, he hopes to continue to do all the things he currently likes doing, while enjoying greater independence.

Click here to read more about Chesterholme in Hexham

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.

The staff team and service users have been working hard towards this award for months, making changes in how the chef prepares meals, as well as educating staff and service users to ensure everyone was up for the challenge.

The food at Ranaich House had previously not been as healthy as it could have been. The Manager and Chef got together to plan out how they could still offer tasty food choices, but without deep frying. They started using spray-lite to either bake or grill the food, and no one noticed the difference!

As this was such a huge success, they decided that the deep fryer was no longer needed. Now they don’t have the opportunity to deep fry at all, and nobody has missed it. They have now received positive comments not only from service users, but also neighbours, who have commented that they could tell when dinner was being prepared because of the delicious smells coming from the kitchen.

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This has been such a positive change for everyone involved. Now service users join staff on trips to the local fish market, butchers and fruit and veg shops. Everyone has enjoyed having tasting sessions to learn about the healthy choices they can make, and to try food they may not have had the opportunity to try before. Staff ensure service users are involved in meal preparation, and enjoy teaching them about the benefits of reducing sugar and fat in their diet.

TaglineWell done to the whole team for working so hard and achieving this great award. This is a great achievement and a testament to how hard the staff have worked to improve the healthiness of the food at Ranaich House, and therefore the health and wellbeing of the service users they support. Congratulations!

Click here to read more about Ranaich House in Dunblane

Click here for more details on the HealthyLiving award

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.

Professor Lindsay was an expert in the field of learning disability and forensic psychology, and made a massive contribution on both a national and international scale. He was well regarded within Danshell and the wider industry, having published over 350 research articles and book chapters, and taught and inspired many people through lecturing, presentations and workshops.

Professor Lindsay worked for us for over 8 years and in that time those who worked with him found him to be an invaluable colleague, gaining much from his expert knowledge and empathetic manner. Dr Jane McCarthy, Medical Director said, “Bill was a great colleague and always very supportive.”

Efi Hershkovitz, Chairman, expressed his sadness at the news, saying, “Bill’s personality and professionalism will be missed in Danshell and within the industry. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”

Professor Lindsay had a wife, Isobel, 3 children, and grandchildren. We extend our sympathy to them at this difficult time.

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