Birchwood House is a highly adapted specialist residential service for people requiring specialist learning disability and mental health support. It is located in the heart of Newham, providing excellent community participation and skill enhancing opportunities.
The service is ideal for those stepping down from hospital services, or for those requiring a robust service due to their challenging and complex needs, or previous risk behaviours. The service users benefit from a specialist rehabilitation service to support their move on to greater independence.
Service users are aged between 18 – 65 and are a mixed gender group.
Birchwood House is a service for seven adults that is very domestic in design and has a good community and homely feel.
- All of the studio rooms are fully furnished with en-suite bathrooms and kitchenette facilities which provide service users with a rehabilitative environment.
- The spacious communal lounge, large kitchen and activity room in the garden offer additional communal space and opportunities for skill building.
- Local education centres and leisure facilities are within walking distance and the service has good public transport links, ensuring residents can fully participate within the local community
- and community participation, as well as employment, volunteering and social opportunities.
Birchwood House provides a Specialist Therapeutic Team who support service users through the transition of moving in to the service and provide ongoing assessment, intervention and support where required. The therapeutic team includes a Responsible Clinician, GP, Psychology Assistant, Speech and Language Therapist and Occupational Therapist Assistant. A Residential Support Manager works alongside the team.
Staff are focused on providing a structured approach to ensure risks are assessed and support is given where necessary for everyone’s safety. The staff support people to understand their own risk behaviours in order that they do not relapse or re- offend
The team at Birchwood House have specific training with regard to empowering and rehabilitating those with Learning disabilities.
- Working with in a framework of positive risk taking and safe guarding
- Skill building and independent living skills
- Understanding learning disabilities and complex diagnoses including, autism, Asperger’s syndrome and personality disorder
- Understanding mental health needs and the Mental Health Act
- Working with those with offending behaviours that may misuse substances
- A Care Programme Approach and outcome-focused care pathways to ensure that people are supported to move on to greater independence
- Experienced, highly trained, thoughtful and compassionate care staff
- Partnership working with local commissioners to repatriate people nearer to their homes and families
- A focus on clinical governance, quality assurance and continual improvement