Health, Advocacy & Reviews

Healthy eating and lifestyles
Our aim is that each person lives as healthy a life as possible. As well as our specialist multi-disciplinary team, our Specialist Colleges have access to the following professional services:

healthy food image• General Practitioner
• Dentist
• Chiropodist
• Optician

Everyone is registered with the local GP, giving them access to all usual health services. Specific health needs such as epilepsy, are well provided for and additional support for any person will be arranged as required. Specific dietary requirements are catered for.

People are encouraged to engage in the full process of healthy meal preparation from planning a meal and shopping for groceries, through to the food preparation itself. This provides numerous learning opportunities and supports the person’s understanding of what is healthy and nutritious as part of their wider healthy lifestyle. Programmes are designed to  support an active and healthy lifestyle as well as providing learning and enjoyment.

advocacy imageConsultation, involvement and advocacy
We consult widely and involve everyone in designing their pathways and programmes. We actively seek to properly listen to the voice of those who live in the colleges.

Everyone has access to advocacy. We work closely with advocacy providers to support and promote the voice of the individual and advocate for his or her needs. Each person has access to our complaints procedure in a format most appropriate for them.

Reviewing progress
Each person has a series of support plans that are based on their personal needs and aspirations. These are monitored on an ongoing basis to identify any changes that may need to be made to education or support packages.

The annual review of the Education Health and Care Plan will usually be held at the same time as the annual review.
The individuals, parents, staff, external agencies (eg local authorities) and professionals are all invited to reviews which will consider progress, aspirations, achievement, changes in circumstances, educational/care objectives
and any special requests. Any difficulties are addressed and there is always an opportunity for full discussion.

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Keeping in contact
It is important that people build and maintain positive, mutually respectful relationships. To support this, each person has their own ‘Contact with Family and Friends Support Plan.’ We can support visits to the family home and welcome visits to the Colleges from families and friends for whom complimentary accommodation can be arranged.

Key workers are central in keeping families and carers updated on the person’s progress by ‘phone, mail, Skype and email.