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About Huntercombe

The Huntercombe Group is an independent provider of specialist healthcare services. Our patients range in age from young children to adults in their 60s. We work closely with the NHS, commissioning services and local authorities to improve and develop our services to meet healthcare needs both locally and nationally. . We know that words such as – 

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News & Updates

14 October 2020
Huge congratulations to Theona Madure, one of our fantastic nurses from Blackheath Brain Injury Rehabilitation Centre. Theona has won the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) London prestigious Rising Star Award 2020. We're so proud of her!

Services for adults with a brain injury or neurological condition

Locations: Bristol, London, Nottingham, Hothfield (Kent) and Murdostoun (Scotland) We offer specialist rehabilitation for patients with a brain injury resulting from a traumatic injury, such as road traffic accident, an anoxic brain injury, a subarachnoid haemorrhage, an infection such as meningitis and encephalitis or a complex stroke or brain tumour. We also provide residential and respite care for individuals with a brain injury or diagnosed with a progressive neurological condition such as Parkinson’s Disease, Motor Neurone Disease and Huntington’s Disease.

Find out what it's like to work in a brain injury rehabilitation centre

Meet our team at Frenchay BIRU and find out what makes the BIRU team so special.

Services for young people with a mental illness (CAMHS) or eating disorder

Locations: Wheaton Aston, Stafford and Maidenhead Our Tier 4 CAMHS hospitals deliver specialist tertiary care to young people (12 - 18 years) with severe or complex conditions who cannot be safely cared for in the community. We are committed to providing caring, supportive, recovery-focused treatment and we achieve this by working together with our young people, their families and other professionals. The conditions we treat include self-harm, emerging personality disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and eating disorders. Each hospital has an Ofsted registered on site school so our patients can continue their studies whilst receiving treatment. Our schools are all registered examination centres and as well as GCSEs and A’Levels, we offer entry level courses in a range of other subjects. We offer three types of accommodation across our Tier 4 hospitals: Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), general adolescent care unit (GUA) and separate accommodation for young people with eating disorders.

Find out what it's like to work at a CAMHS hospital

Meet Siobhan and Nicole, two members of staff from Huntercombe Maidenhead.

Services for adults with a mental illness, learning disability or autism

We provide assessment, rehabilitation and care for adults (18+) with a mental health condition, learning disability or autism. Our aim is always to provide the highest standards of therapeutic care to reduce risk, encourage rehabilitation and help patients move as quickly as they can through their recovery journey and back into the community. We provide a range of services ranging from Psychiatric Intensive Care (PICU) right through to longer-term residential care.

Find out what it's like working in a Psychiatric Intensive Care (PICU) hospital

Meet Adetutu, a nurse at Huntercombe Roehampton. She explains why the job she does is so rewarding.

Find out what it's like working with adults with learning disabilities

Meet Alastair and his support worker, Caron. Find out what a typical day looks like at Moorpark Place.

Services for young people with complex health needs

We offer two different services for children and young people with complex health or behavioural problems. Granville Lodge in Hartlepool provides residential care for patients up to the age of 18 years old with complex health problems who cannot be looked after at home. They either have severe physical or learning disabilities, a combination of both or long-term conditions such as epilepsy or cerebral palsy. They receive high levels of skilled nursing care 24 hours a day. Wherever possible we encourage our young people to be as independent as possible and to master as many everyday skills as they can. At Huntercombe House Stockton we care for young people whose severe behavioural issues make it difficult for them to live at home or go to a mainstream school. We aim to develop their social and educational skills in a safe, secure environment. This service is suitable for those with learning disabilities who need either short-term or long-term support.

Career progression for nurses

Kerrina works at Frenchay BIRU in Bristol. Kerrina tells us about her progression from a Rehabilitation Assistant (RA) to obtaining an MSc in advancing Healthcare Practice. Whilst Kerrina had wanted to be a nurse since childhood, she initially found herself working in Hospitality Management. Although it was enjoyable enough, it just didn’t fulfill her desire to help others and make a difference. The starting point of this journey was an Access to HE course in Health and Social Care. It was whilst undertaking this course that she was referred to Frenchay Brain Injury Rehabilitation Unit (BIRU) by a friend who was already working at BIRU. Soon after the successful completion of the Access to HE course in Health and Social Care, Kerrina was offered place at the University of the West of England to study her BSc in Adult Nursing. All this while, Kerrina carried on working part time as an RA. Kerrina started work at BIRU in 2010 as an (RA) whilst studying for her Access to HE course in Health and Social Care and then her BSc degree in Adult Nursing. With 20-hours of shifts to undertake as well as a full-time degree course Kerrina needed commitment and resilience, both of which she obviously has in abundance. This was however, the beginning of her understanding of the calibre of the BIRU team and how much support they would offer. Not only were the team professionally supportive but enabled her to work shifts that allowed her to continue to study, adding in extra shifts where she felt she had capacity. This level of support has since stayed with Kerrina. On completion of her BSc, Kerrina stayed as a bank nurse at BIRU, however she moved to an Acute Trust as she felt it was important to expand her exposure to different types of nursing. In the Trust, Kerrina was able to experience a variety of wards but mainly Vascular and Urology. Whilst the experience enabled her to broaden her skillset, she found it less rewarding. Kerrina, says that part of what makes BIRU special is seeing the patient’s journey, ‘most patients are admitted bed-bound and unable to carry out the most basic of tasks or, in some cases, communicate. Seeing those same patients being discharged walking out of the service just months or so later and thanks to the team’s input is incredibly rewarding’. For Kerrina, being part of a patient’s journey and witnessing significant changes in outcome like this was something that simply didn’t happen often in the more short-stay acute hospital setting. After just two and a half years at the Acute Trust, Kerrina returned to BIRU on a full-time basis as a qualified RGN. She explains that whilst the satisfaction of contributing to patients’ journey to recovery was part of the decision, another factor that contributed to this move was the support offered by the people Kerrina had encountered when working as an RA. This meant a great deal and she felt that working in such a supportive environment would make the good days even better and the hard days manageable. She also wanted to work in an environment where supporting each other as well as patients was acknowledged as fundamental to delivering great care. Back at BIRU as a registered nurse, Kerrina found the same supportive environment that she remembered. It was with the support of both her manager and the hospital director that Kerrina then applied to do an MSc in Advancing Healthcare Practice. She undertook the three-year course, which was fully funded by The Huntercombe Group on a part-time basis whilst working on a full time. The road to completing the MSc has not always been an easy one and has required strength of character, commitment and resilience. Kerrina lost her father in the final days of the programme. Kerrina says that ‘undertaking this course has boosted her belief in self, team and the sky being the limit for anyone with determination and who is prepared to work hard. Kerrina says this course has helped her to improve her rapport with colleagues, service users and the outside world. Her understanding of the organization and what it stands for and endeavors to achieve has grown and this is allowing her to better serve the organization. Kerrina reports that her professional horizon has been widened and she has now been promoted to the role of Senior Staff Nurse. Kerrina is eternally grateful to the Huntercombe Group for creating this opportunity to allow her to fulfill personal and professional goals, to the management at BIRU for all the support and encouragement; and to her late dad who she says instilled a high degree of appreciation of the importance of education from a tender age. Kerrina graduates in November this year and we look forward to seeing the photos and continuing to share her journey.