Clinical services are delivered through a core team of clinicians, meaning we are able to be responsive to the changing and developing needs of individuals we care for.
Headed up by Billy Smallwood – Head of Clinical Services, the team are made up of a range of highly skilled and experienced Psychologists and Therapists. Working closely with local colleagues in community services, and also bringing in consultant resources when required, we are focused on providing and supporting assessment and therapeutic interventions, throughout each placement with us. Available 24/7 the team can respond to times of increased need and heightened anxiety.
Upon referral, our clinical team are immediately involved in the assessment of the person being referred. Within their current home, be it with family, alternative carers or within another care provider’s home. Visits, often several, are made to carry out the initial review and placement documentation, enabling us to make the best possible recommendations for the individual.
Upon the transition into our services, our clinical teams offer a range of assessments, such as positive behaviour support plans and communication profiles. Additional assessments are also carried out depending on the individual’s needs, such as a physical health needs assessments to identify any current issues or concerns, such as eating and swallowing.
Offering consultation within each of our services, the clinical team make recommendations for adapting and enabling environments to suit the needs of an individual or group of individuals.
Adaptations made may be something as simple as the chosen colours used, through to the layout of a room, providing various zones to enable a person to structure their day in accordance with the area in which they are.
Throughout placement ongoing assessments are carried out regularly and together with scheduled person centred planning meetings, multi-disciplinary formulation meetings and assessments of individual achievements adaptations of approach are made.
Changes made as result of successful intervention and approach include:
- Reduced intensity of staffing
- Ability to access community provision
- Ability to make the transition to more independent living / step down services
The model demonstrates our clinical offering and looks at the way in which the clinical team work holistically with each individual in our care to devise a person centred plan which best meets their needs and ensures the best possible outcomes.