We encourage the women in our care to make their own choices and live as independently as they are able to. To achieve this, we have developed our model of care in which the in-house multi-disciplinary team (MDT) adopt a values based social model of disability with My Choice, My Voice, My Life sitting at the heart of the model.
The service, which is set over three floors, is situated in the leafy suburb of Matlock with fantastic views of the 19th century landmark, Riber Castle. With great transport links, the team encourage and support the women to be part of the local community. Each individual in our care begins a personalised care pathway that helps them develop necessary skills to move towards a less restrictive setting in the community.
Our psychology approach aims to address clinical and forensic risk by drawing upon a variety of therapeutic models and positive behaviour support in order to assist individuals in working towards an empowered and positive future.
The occupational therapy service aims to create a sensory modulated environment and one that is physically safe. It aims to maximise each individual’s independence through the support and development of functional activities of daily living and life skills. In addition, it aims to support the staff, through ongoing staff training, modelling and working collaboratively within the wider team.
Our speech and language therapy approach is a total communication environment, 1:1 and group sessions looking at a variety of communication skills and needs alongside social skills. A range of individualised accessible information is provided where required to facilitate learning and aid understanding.
“I feel it is very important to capture the sense that we gained from our visit today. The atmosphere was very friendly, calming, homely and a real sense of togetherness. We see many areas – and not often you get this… there was a real sense of a positive culture and thank you for allowing us to come and visit today.” NHS professional
Our service user profile:
- Primary diagnosis of learning disability and mental health complex needs
- May have a forensic history
- May present with co-morbid presentations:
- Challenging behaviour
- Personality disorder
- Schizophrenia, depression, bi-polar disorder
- Dual diagnosis
- Complex needs and/or multiple diagnoses
- May be detained under the Mental Health Act or informal
- May have a history of repeated hospital admissions
- En-suite bedrooms
- Spacious communal lounge
- Garden with outside seating including a secret garden and a sensory garden
- Beauty salon
- Computer room
- Multi-faith room
- Dining room
- Therapy kitchen and laundry service to support skills development
Our community links:
- Chesterfield and Matlock local shopping centres
- Matlock local art college
- Matlock local garden centres / coffee shops
- Local colleges and work placements
- The ARC Leisure Centre (swimming and gym sessions)
- Matlock Library
- Matlock park farm
- Whitworth Hall Park and Matlock Park (walking groups)
- Cinema and bowling in Chesterfield
- Twycross zoo
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