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Welcome to Dr Jane McCarthy

Jane McCarthy   

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.       

She oversaw the successful discharge of complex patients who had previously spent many years within secure hospital services, having improved the annual rate of discharge to over 50%, in keeping with national policy.

This was achieved by delivering effective collaboration with local agencies, community based services and commissioners. By working together with all members of the Multi-Disciplinary Team, it significantly improved clinical outcomes and delivered a very positive experience for people and their families.

Dr McCarthy said: “To join the Danshell team as the Medical Director is a very exciting opportunity for me. This is a key role in a forward thinking organisation providing excellent care and support for people with learning disabilities and autism.

“One of my key responsibilities as a clinical leader is to ensure the continuing delivery of the highest standards of care. The challenge for me is to support the growth of Danshell while ensuring we continue to build on our commitment to deliver first class care.

“The reason I chose to work with the team at Danshell is to be a strong influence in an organisation committed to delivering the very best in care for people with learning disabilities and autism.”

Mel Ramsey, our Chief Executive Officer, said:  “I’m delighted to welcome Dr McCarthy to our senior management team. She is an experienced Medical Director, has an excellent record and brings with her a wealth of experience. She will further strengthen our management team as we move into the next phase of our Quality Assurance and improved Governance strategy. She will play a key role in supporting our services on our journey of continuous improvement.”

 

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.      

 

 

She oversaw the successful discharge of complex patients who had previously spent many years within secure hospital services, having improved the annual rate of discharge to over 50%, in keeping with national policy.

       

This was achieved by delivering effective collaboration with local agencies, community based services and commissioners. By working together with all members of the Multi-Disciplinary Team, it significantly improved clinical outcomes and delivered a very positive experience for people and their families.

        

Dr McCarthy said: “To join the Danshell team as the Medical Director is a very exciting opportunity for me. This is a key role in a forward thinking organisation providing excellent care and support for people with learning disabilities and autism.

              

“One of my key responsibilities as a clinical leader is to ensure the continuing delivery of the highest standards of care. The challenge for me is to support the growth of Danshell while ensuring we continue to build on our commitment to deliver first class care.

         

“The reason I chose to work with the team at Danshell is to be a strong influence in an organisation committed to delivering the very best in care for people with learning disabilities and autism.”

         

Mel Ramsey, our Chief Executive Officer, said:  “I’m delighted to welcome Dr McCarthy to our senior management team. She is an experienced Medical Director, has an excellent record and brings with her a wealth of experience. She will further strengthen our management team as we move into the next phase of our Quality Assurance and improved Governance strategy. She will play a key role in supporting our services on our journey of continuous improvement.”

Danshell Welcomes a New Finance Director

Clynt   

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.

Clynt said: “I am delighted to have joined the team at Danshell, a forward-thinking and innovative company with an inspirational purpose and an exceptional senior management team in place.

“I am fully committed to playing a significant role in cementing Danshell’s place as a leading provider of care services for people living with a learning disability, autism and complex needs.”

Mel Ramsey, our Chief Executive Officer said, "Clynt is a valuable addition to our senior management team. He has considerable experience leading finance teams and supporting businesses to continue to improve performance.

"Delivery of a sustainable high quality business is pivotal in delivering our corporate strategy. Clynt's experience and expertise will support the company as it grows to enable more service users to achieve positive outcomes."

Whorlton Hall’s Activity Hub is Now Open!

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.

Service users now have the opportunity to get involved in even more activities, from morning to evening, which has gone down very well. There are various groups that service users can take part in, such as morning drinks and chat over the daily papers, IT sessions to boost computer skills, and technical projects. They have also planned some fun evening events, with a bingo night and photography night already held in the opening week.

 

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Audrey Jones, one of Whorlton’s Activity Coordinators, said, “We are proud that all service users are supported to create their own personal weekly activity programme. We work hard with service users, their families and those closest to them to find out what is important to them and what their hopes and dreams for the future are. These plans from service users at Whorlton Hall determine which activities will be put on for the week in the Activity Hub.” This is part of our commitment to use every opportunity we can to act on the views of those we support and those who know and care about them best.

   Activity Hub10

Jamie Oliver, Whorlton’s second Activity Coordinator, said, “An indoor activities centre is a great way to keep up the amount of activities service users can participate in as we head towards the cooler, wetter months.”

You can see from their smiles how much the new centre for activities is enjoyed by all the service users – it’s lovely to see everyone so involved and having fun! Thank you to Audrey, Jamie and all the staff at Whorlton Hall for all your hard work. We’re glad the first few weeks have been such a great success and hope the Activity Hub will continue to be enjoyed by all.

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.

Staff complete one page profiles, filling in information about their interests, hobbies, personal qualities and experience. These are refreshed annually to ensure they stay up to date. Each service user is shown pictures of all the staff members along with their one page profiles. They then choose who they want to be their key worker, taking into consideration their shared interests, and the staff members’ personal skills, experience and attributes to meet their individual needs. This process promotes independence and enables service users to have more personal choice over their lives.

Earlier this month, service users at Hollyhurst, one of our residential care homes with nursing in the North East, had the choice of picking out three staff members to be their new key workers. Catherine, Martin and Stephen took up this opportunity and were happy to be given the option to decide for themselves.

Staff at Hollyhurst then take pictures and put them on the wall to show their choice. These three individuals wanted to show you their choices.

Hollyhurst Keyworker Collage

By using this approach, Hollyhurst follows the Appreciative Inquiry methodology that we use to support our strength based approaches. Central to this is directly involving every service user in the design and development of their personalised service. By involving everyone in the process, a better model of care has been developed, drawing on the strengths and personal preferences of all service users and staff.

We will continue to support staff at Hollyhurst with processes such as this, so that they continue to deliver high-quality care and make a positive difference to the lives of the people they care for.

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