Heathcotes to introduce new Intensive Support service for care services
Heathcotes Group is introducing an innovation in care provision with the development of an Intensive Support Team (IST) providing a dedicated clinical resource available across the organisation’s 72 residential services for individuals with learning disabilities and mental health needs.
The new IST will include a Consultant Clinical Psychologist, three Assistant Psychologists, a Specialist Occupational Therapist, a Specialist Mental Health Nurse and three Positive Behaviour Support Practitioners. Headed by Heathcotes’ Head of Psychology and Clinical Lead, Dr Peter Burbidge, the team will operate group-wide to provide expert clinical input and reinforce compliance with the Restraint Reduction Network (RNN) Training Standards, a sector-wide programme to reduce restrictive practices which will be implemented via commissioning requirements and Care Quality Commission inspection frameworks from April 2020.
Heathcotes’ Director of Business Development, Natalia Lysiuk, said:
“This is an exciting initiative based on some excellent work by the project team within our senior management – Peter Burbidge, Tracy Johnson and myself. The IST will put Heathcotes at the forefront of specialist providers in the UK and will enable us to significantly enhance the resource available to our services, assisting the work they do to improve the lives of the people we support. The team will take on a wide-ranging remit, but one of its most vital functions is the professional support it provides when a high level of specialist expertise and clinical input are critical. This would include the admission of an emergency placement or a very complex individual, a service user going through a crisis, a placement at risk of breaking down and the need for a functional assessment or Positive Behaviour Support Plan.
“Being a specialist provider brings with it some additional responsibilities, which we take very seriously. That’s why we have introduced the IST – having it readily available within the organisation will be an extremely valuable resource for our Service Managers, our service users and our wider stakeholders.”
Dr Peter Burbidge is already working in a supportive role across Heathcotes services with a team of two Assistance Psychologists and a Specialist Occupational Therapist in place. Heathcotes is currently working on recruitment for the other roles within the team, and the development of referral guidelines, policies and procedures to support the IST. The company plans to have a full IST in place by early summer.