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The importance of communication is the subject of the fourth blog post in our series about what we’ve learnt so far during the pandemic. It may sound obvious, but it’s easy to get it wrong. The situation was changing on a daily basis and the pressure and expectation on the management team was extraordinary.

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The psychology team at The Richardson Partnership for Care plays a crucial role in the care and support of our service users, who have complex needs and acquired brain injuries or learning disabilities. Dr Pedro Areias Grilo, Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist, heads up the team and is supported by three Assistant Psychologists: Julita Frackowska, Olivia Ferrie and Joseph Szablowski.

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<div class="bt_bb_wrapper"><h1>Adults with acquired brain injuries, learning disabilities and complex needs</h1> <p>In addition to surveying the families of service users in our care on an annual basis, we also complete a questionnaire with the individuals themselves, which asks specific questions about different aspects of their lives within the care home.</p></div>→ <a href="https://www.richardsoncares.co.uk/satisfaction-survey-care-home-residents/" class="read-more">Read the rest </a>



<div class="bt_bb_wrapper"><p> We’ll soon be holding a birthday party at a local pub for John, one of our service users. That may not sound unusual, but on this occasion it is. John has been in our care for over 20 years and has rarely chosen to go out.</p></div>→ <a href="https://www.richardsoncares.co.uk/john-enjoys-first-ever-holiday/" class="read-more">Read the rest </a>



<div class="bt_bb_wrapper"><p> Congratulations to Selina Vernon, Assessor and Review Co-ordinator at our homes for adults with learning difficulties, who has completed her Level 4 Diploma in Adult Care. This is a new qualification and Selina is the first person to pass it in the UK with training and qualifications body ARC (<a href="http://www.arcuk.org.uk" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Association for Real Change</a>).</p></div>→ <a href="https://www.richardsoncares.co.uk/selina-gains-level-4-diploma-in-adult-care/" class="read-more">Read the rest </a>



<div class="bt_bb_wrapper"><p> Online applications are transforming the way that we live and work, and at The Richardson Partnership for Care we are using them to help service users and their families keep in touch, and for the families to participate in the review process.</p></div>→ <a href="https://www.richardsoncares.co.uk/using-online-apps-to-stay-in-touch/" class="read-more">Read the rest </a>



<div class="bt_bb_wrapper"><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.</p></div>→ <a href="https://www.richardsoncares.co.uk/scale-of-over-medication-is-now-out-in-the-open/" class="read-more">Read the rest </a>


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