Heathcotes to introduce new Intensive Support service for care services

Heathcotes to introduce new Intensive Support service for care services

Heathcotes have launched an innovation in care provision, with the introduction of an Intensive Support Team (IST) providing a dedicated clinical resource across our 72 residential services for individuals with learning disabilities and mental health needs.

The new multidisciplinary 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 Director, Dr Peter Burbidge, the team operates 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 was 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 a project team from our Senior Leadership Team; Dr Peter Burbidge, Tracy Johnson and myself. The IST puts Heathcotes at the forefront of specialist providers in the UK and enables 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 has 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 is an extremely valuable resource for our Service Managers, our service users and our wider stakeholders.”

Dr Peter Burbidge said:

“The IST provides training, consultation, supervision, functional analysis and interventions for services that need specialist input or multi-disciplinary work. It also provides brief therapeutic interventions where appropriate. By developing the IST, we are able to support services to provide placements for more complex clients, and to provide additional support when people are in crisis. As a clinical team, we plan to work alongside the local community, mental health and learning disability teams, where they are involved or are commissioned, and to provide more concentrated input where we are not able to access support from local services.”

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. They currently deliver specialist training, consultation and supervision to services with complex clients alongside direct one-to-one therapy with complex clients. Heathcotes are currently working on recruitment for other roles within the IST.

Further information about our IST is available here

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