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Chesterholme 3 Web SizeLocation: Hexham     
Number of beds: 16     
Gender: Mixed      
Age: 18+
Service: Hospital 

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Jamie Speight   

Jamie Speight 2017 

Anick Road, Hexham
Northumberland NE46 4JR
01434 600 980

Case Study 2

Chesterholme is an Independent Hospital for adults living with a learning disability

Based in the picturesque town of Hexham in Northumberland, Chesterholme provides assessment and treatment for up to 16 men and women living with a learning disability and complex needs. The team can also support those who have mental health needs, including those who have been detained under the Mental Health Act, as well as those who have complex needs and behaviours.

Within Chesterholme there are two follow-on services, which offer a choice between a three and a four bed self-contained apartments. This provides a care pathway from the main hospital to a service that focuses and promotes greater independence in preparation for moving on to either a residential or a supported living setting.

The hospital is purpose built and each person has their own bedroom with en-suite facilities, which they are supported to personalise. Accommodation is generous and the people we support can choose gender specific lounges and a choice of two dining areas. There are three private gardens, each offering different areas for people to relax or take part in other outdoor interests.

Chesterholme has a dedicated Activity Coordinator who supports service users to have individual activity plans, which are created based on each person’s likes and hobbies. There are a number of rooms at Chesterholme which are dedicated to activities and supporting life skills in readiness for people moving on. There is a life skills kitchen which is easily accessible for people wanting to make their own drinks, prepare or cook food for themselves or their visitors should they wish to. There is a large art room where people can enjoy a range of creative table top crafts, and a games room which boasts a pool table for the more competitive. We have a relaxation room and a pamper room which are both available to all the people we support.

At Chesterholme, our focus is on rehabilitation and the improvement of the health and well-being of service users, developing trusting relationships and attaining positive outcomes.

People may come to Chesterholme for a number of reasons, including coming from a home environment, supported living or residential service due to an illness or a crisis in their life, or they may come following a stay at an NHS or other specialist service, including secure services.

Our Model of Care

Within Chesterholme we follow the five key principles that form our model of care, Personal PATHS.

1. Positive Behaviour Support (PBS)
2. Appreciative Inquiry Methodology
3. Therapeutic Outcomes
4. Healthy Lifestyles
5. Safe Services

We believe that we must be fully accountable to the people we support, their families and to those who commission services on their behalf. Personal PATHS model of care is our unique way of supporting this.

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