<p> Voice Ability is an advocacy service providing independent advocacy for people aged over 18. The organisation supports people who use adult mental health care services with issues about mental health and social care.</p> <p>Voice Ability also provides a quality checking service for a range of organisations including Northamptonshire County Council, the CQC and NHS Trusts.→ <a href="https://www.richardsoncares.co.uk/the-mews-awarded-1010-in-quality-checkers-report/" class="read-more">Read the rest </a></p>

<p> No two brain injuries are the same, as no two individuals are the same, so our specialist residential care homes need to cater for people with different needs. Service users may come to us several years after they have sustained a brain injury and after they have already had a period of acute rehabilitation.→ <a href="https://www.richardsoncares.co.uk/144-boughton-green-road-regains-headway-accreditation/" class="read-more">Read the rest </a></p>

<p> The Care Quality Commission, Public Health England and NHS Improving Quality have recently published reports commissioned by NHS England into the prescribing of psychotic drugs to people with learning disabilities. The research found that there is an alarming rate of over-prescribing of these drugs to people with learning difficulties: the report authored by Public Health England, estimates that up to 35,000 adults with a learning disability are being prescribed an antipsychotic, an antidepressant or both without appropriate clinical justification.→ <a href="https://www.richardsoncares.co.uk/scale-of-over-medication-is-now-out-in-the-open/" class="read-more">Read the rest </a></p>

<p> At The Richardson Partnership for Care, we strive to have an open relationship with service users and their families so that they can tell us straight away if they are concerned about any aspect of their care or their home. We hold regular care reviews as well as completing an annual survey.→ <a href="https://www.richardsoncares.co.uk/care-homes-shine-in-independent-feedback/" class="read-more">Read the rest </a></p>

<p> There is a rolling training programme every three weeks for care staff at The Richardson Partnership for Care and one of the topics is dementia awareness. The Alzheimer’s Society estimates that there are 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK, and people with learning difficulties and people who have experienced stroke or head injuries have a higher risk of dementia.→ <a href="https://www.richardsoncares.co.uk/dementia-awareness-training/" class="read-more">Read the rest </a></p>

<p> Jane Payne, Service Manager at The Richardson Partnership for Care is a finalist in the National Learning Disability and Autism Awards 2015.</p> <p>She was nominated for the Employer Award for her commitment to providing top quality care to people with learning disabilities by heading a group of specialist residential care homes in Northampton.→ <a href="https://www.richardsoncares.co.uk/jane-is-finalist-in-national-ld-and-autism-awards/" class="read-more">Read the rest </a></p>

<p> We are pleased to nominate three members of staff for the National Learning Disability and Autism Awards 2015.</p> <p><strong>Wendy Coleman</strong> is Manager at 23 Duston Road, a home registered for nine service users, providing care for people with challenging behaviour. Wendy ensures that care is truly person-centred and the service users are at the heart of any decisions she makes within the home.→ <a href="https://www.richardsoncares.co.uk/nominations-for-national-learning-disability-and-autism-awards/" class="read-more">Read the rest </a></p>

<p> <a href="http://www.careresidential.co.uk/images/pages/RPC_Diagram_MDT_2.pdf">Click here to see the infographic</a> that shows you all of the members of our multi-disciplinary support team who are involved in providing support for service users who have an acquired brain injury or learning difficulties. Each service user has an individual, personal care plan designed to meet their individual needs and to help them achieve their personal goals.→ <a href="https://www.richardsoncares.co.uk/person-centred-care-provision/" class="read-more">Read the rest </a></p>

<p> Speech and Language Therapy is one of the types of therapy provided by our Multi-Disciplinary Team for people who have acquired brain injuries. As well as helping with communication difficulties, our Speech and Language Therapist treats Dysphagia, or swallowing difficulties, to improve the individual’s well-being and quality of life, as well as reducing the risk of choking.→ <a href="https://www.richardsoncares.co.uk/speech-and-language-therapy-case-study/" class="read-more">Read the rest </a></p>

<p> An acquired or traumatic brain injury often occurs very suddenly and may be the result of a road traffic accident, sporting accident or a stroke. There is no time or opportunity to prepare for what lies ahead and it is a huge shock to their individual and their family and friends.→ <a href="https://www.richardsoncares.co.uk/coping-with-life-after-brain-injury/" class="read-more">Read the rest </a></p>

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