Kenny works with service users at The Richardson Mews who have acquired brain injuries, and those at 23 Duston Road, who have learning disabilities or a dual diagnosis.
As an Assistant Psychologist, Kenny’s role includes completing psychological assessments of service users and preparing appropriate cognitive and well-being plans. These are overseen by Consultant Clinical Psychologist and head of the team, Dr Pedro Areias Grilo.
Kenny supports service users by implementing the psychological aspects of the care plan, which include positive behaviour support, group therapy, relaxation sessions and cognitive behaviour therapy based interventions. He devises quizzes and memory games as well as adding variety to the guided imagery for the relaxation sessions. The sessions are designed to meet the needs of individual service users, stimulating different parts of the brain, improving memory, regulating mood and helping to better manage emotions.
Kenny’s first impressions of Richardson Care are the professionalism of the multi-disciplinary team (MDT) of managers and therapists with a well-structured psychology team. He says: “It’s clear that the service is holistic and very person-centred, putting the varied needs of the service users first.” When asked about his favourite aspects of his role, Kenny said: “I particularly enjoy analysing the data and working out treatment plans as well as spending time with the service users and seeing their cognition improve.”