As a leading provider of specialist services for people with learning disabilities, mental health needs, autism and asperger’s conditions, who may have complex and challenging needs, we have opened a service in Dartford, Kent.
St James House is a highly adapted conversion within a grade II listed building, adjacent to St James Mews, St James Place within the local community in the town of Dartford in Kent.
This service has been designed to support adults with learning disabilities who are transitioning from residential schools to adult services, or for those adults who need to be discharged to a robust residential service which has an environment focused on skill building within the security of a 24 hour staff team.
Our new services are suitable for male and females aged 18 – 65 years of age.
St James House, Spital Street is a Grade II listed building.
St James House is ideal for supporting people with learning disabilities, mental health and other complex needs that require 24 hour support.
St James House accommodates:
- two flats, with a bedroom, en-suite facilities, a private lounge, full kitchen and laundry facilities ideal for those with good independent living skills.
- four flats, with a bedroom, en-suite, private lounge and mini kitchen for those building their independent skills. There is a separate communal lounge, kitchen, and laundry for these residents.
Our in house multi-disciplinary team includes a Responsible Clinician, GP, Experienced Residential Manager, Rehabilitation Facilitators, Specialist Learning Disability Nurse, Psychology Assistant, Speech and Language Therapist and Occupational Assistant. All staff receive high standards of mandatory training, and additional training is continually provided in areas relating to the empowerment and skills building of individuals with learning disabilities.
- A Care Programme Approach and outcome-focused care pathway to ensure community participation and skills enhancing opportunities, in a safe and well planned way, with a focus on developing greater independence
- A rigorous assessment is undertaken before the admission of the service users to formulate the needs assessment; this is translated in to the goals that form the Care Pathway.
- Care planning that is focused on the service user’s Care Pathway ensuring we understand their needs whist supporting them to achieve their goals that will ensure that they are able to move on to less restrictive environments and greater independence. Whilst balancing the views of the family and Care Managers we focus on hearing what the person says and putting them at the centre of their support.
- A series of individualised risk assessments ensures that positive risks can be taken but that all risks are managed effectively. The multi-disciplined team will input regularly as appropriate then support is agreed between each discipline to ensure a holistic package of support is delivered.
- Skill building frameworks that ensure that goals for greater independence are set and practical skills are learnt to enable progress to be measured and the goals to be met.
- Experienced, highly trained, thoughtful and compassionate staff support the service users to identify their support needs and provide opportunities for development to reach their potential
- Partnership working with local commissioners to bring back young adults nearer to their homes and families ensures a support network that encourages and motivates the young person and stands with them to celebrate their successes.
- A focus on clinical governance, safe guarding, quality assurance and continual improvement ensures that services continually develop.