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Here you will find our industry and company news as well as tips and advice on various mental health conditions. We share resident videos and downloadable resources which tell you a little more about us. This page is also dedicated to ‘Home Life’ so you can keep up-to-date with all of the activities and events from our services.

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    Mental Health Tips & Advice

    What to do While Waiting for a Diagnosis

    For some getting a diagnosis can either be seen as a positive or negative experience. While one individual might feel relief and hope, finally putting a name to what has been affecting their quality of life. However, others might find…

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    Northern Healthcare Company News

    Olton Grange | New Supported Living Service Now Open in Solihull

    Northern Healthcare is excited to welcome everyone to our brand new 24/7 supported living service in the West Midlands, Olton Grange. Our Solihull-based supported living service officially opened its doors in July 2023 and will support people living with mental…

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    “Gardening gives me purpose, gives me a routine, some structure to my day” | Jonno’s Story, Grainger House

    Benefits of GARDENING By Jonno “Gardening is calming, it keeps my mind occupied and it is a positive thing to do. Especially now all the flowers are coming through, it builds up my knowledge about nature and plants. I learnt…

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    Mental Health Tips & Advice

    The Mental Health Benefits of Gardening

    Gardening is an activity enjoyed by all and has seen a recent boost in popularity. Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic and many people being confined to their homes, the garden became the new place to be and the best hobby…

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    Northern Healthcare Company News

    Northern Healthcare celebrates Pride Month

    What is Pride Month? Pride Month is the yearly celebration of members of the LGBTQIA+ community held during the month of June. It is dedicated to the liberation and commemoration of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual and other…

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    Mental Health Tips & Advice

    Accessible Exercise

    There is no doubt that exercise is beneficial to everyone for both physical and mental well-being. But when most lists feature exercises that either require specialist equipment, or cannot cater towards those with limited mobility, issues arise. A good standard…

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    Northern Healthcare Company News

    Mental Health Awareness Week 2023: #MeWorryFree

    It’s Mental Health Awareness Week and this year, the theme is anxiety. As one of the most prominent mental health illnesses, anxiety has and will most likely affect everyone at some point in their lives. From exam pressures to starting…

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    Mental Health Awareness, Mental Health Tips & Advice

    Autism in girls

      What is autism? Autism, or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a lifelong developmental disability that it is said affects more than 1 in 100 people according to the National Autistic Society. The disorder mainly affects how people communicate and…

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    Mental Health Awareness, Mental Health Tips & Advice

    Screen time and how it affects our mood

    Screen time and how it affects our mood   Screen time and blue light are words you might have heard before but you’re not quite sure what they mean. In this blog we seek out the answer to how screen…

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    Events

    Earth Day 2023 – ‘Invest In Our Planet’

    Earth Day 2023 - 'Invest In Our Planet'   Since 1970 Earth Day Org have had one mission in mind: to drive positive action for our planet... 53 years later and they are still standing strong. As the largest recruiter…

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    Careers

    #CelebratingSocialCare with Skills for Care

    #CelebratingSocialCare with Skills for Care   Today we join Skills for Care as part of their #CelebratingSocialCare campaign! This April they are putting the spotlight onto all of the incredible people who work in adult health and social care. For…

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    Mental Health Awareness, Mental Health Tips & Advice

    Stress Awareness – It’s Time to Take Action

    Ever since 1992 April has been Stress Awareness Month held by the Stress Management Society to raise awareness of one of the biggest public health challenges that we are currently facing. The negative impact that stress has on all individuals…

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    Mental Health Tips & Advice

    The Mental Health Benefits of Baking

    Baking is an activity enjoyed by many, young and old. But did you know that as well as resulting in delicious baked goods to enjoy, baking also has many mental health benefits? In this blog, we take a look at…

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    Mental Health Tips & Advice

    Goal Setting and Mental Health | How Setting and Achieving Goals Can Boost our Mental Health

    Goal Setting and Mental Health We’re into a new year and we’re already a month in! Soon after we ring in a new year, many of us sit down and plan our goals or new year’s resolutions. But some of…

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    Merry Christmas 2022!

    Merry Christmas 2022! Here at Northern Healthcare, we wish everyone a very Merry Christmas 2022 and hope that everyone had a lovely Christmas with family, friends, residents and colleagues. The festivities began as early as November across our services! Here's…

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    Mental Health Tips & Advice

    Top 10 Health and Wellbeing Apps

    Christmas can be a difficult time for many of us, but particularly for those of us in the healthcare industries who are still working over the holiday period, it can be even more stressful than usual. Health and wellbeing apps…

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    Mental Health Tips & Advice

    Christmas on a budget | Keeping spirits high and costs low

    For many people Christmas is often considered a happy time of year with lots of hustle and bustle in the lead-up to Christmas Day. With our calendars often full to the brim with events, dates, and parties, the holiday season can…

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    Mental Health Awareness

    Dysgraphia | Learning Difficulty Focus

    In this article, we explore what dysgraphia is, the signs of dysgraphia, and the support that is available. Researchers estimate that between 5-20% of people have dysgraphia. The reason for the large, estimated range is because dysgraphia can often go…

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    Mental Health Awareness

    Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) – Signs, symptoms, treatment and support

    Whilst December is most commonly known for festivities, parties, and cheer, it is also cold, wet, and it goes dark very early! During this time of year, you may find yourself affected by Seasonal Affective Disorder (also known as SAD).…

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    Mental Health Awareness

    International Day of Persons with Disabilities – The Impact of Covid-19

    Did you know that across the world today in 2022, over 1 billion people live with some form of disability? Approximately 46% of older people aged 60 or over live with a disability, and 1 child in every 10 has…

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    Mental Health Awareness

    Mental Health Stereotypes

    Mental health diagnoses are common across the world. Data collected by the United Nations (UN) suggests that in 2022, approximately a billion people worldwide have a mental disorder. In England alone, around 1 in 4 people will experience a mental…

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    Sharon’s Story | Radcliffe Lodge

    Sharon lives at Radcliffe Lodge and has made huge steps in her recovery journey since joining the service in April 2021. Sharon's Story - Living with Paranoid Schizophrenia In the early days... Sharon is 67 years old and came to Radcliffe…

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    Northern Healthcare Support Worker of the Year 2022 | Jade Gadd

    We took the opportunity to grab a quick chat with our Northern Healthcare Support Worker of the Year 2022 award winner, Jade Gadd from Grainger House, to find out about her experience at Northern Healthcare and how she felt about…

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    Mental Health Awareness

    Addiction – Signs, Misconceptions and Treatment

    You may commonly hear others use the phrase “I’m addicted” when talking about something they love, or you may even use it yourself. But addiction is actually a mental health condition that can cause harm to you and those around…

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    Mental Health Awareness

    Men’s Mental Health – Suicide Prevention

    *Sensitive content. Please note that this article mentions suicide. If you need help please reach out, there are resources listed at the bottom of this page or you can speak with your GP. If you are seriously worried about yourself…

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    Northern Healthcare Company News

    Responding to Recruitment in Healthcare Challenges

    It is no secret that the Health and Social Care sector has been facing some recruitment challenges recently. It’s not just the public sector – whilst you may see staff shortages in the NHS hitting the headlines, the private sector…

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    Mental Health Awareness

    World Mental Health Day 2022 – Make Mental Health and Wellbeing for All a Global Priority

    World Mental Health Day is marked annually on 10th October and is all about raising awareness of our mental health and wellbeing. The theme for this year is, “Make mental health and wellbeing for all a global priority”, which has been…

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    Happy Retirement Brenda!

    The team and residents at Helena’s House hosted an afternoon tea to congratulate and celebrate Brenda, one of our Support Workers, in her retirement. All of the residents attended and signed a lovely card for Brenda to wish her well…

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    Northern Healthcare Values Champion Individual 2022 | Clare Sudders

    We caught up with Clare Sudders, Support Worker at Holland House and Northern Healthcare Values Champion Individual 2022 Award winner! When did you join Northern Healthcare? I joined the team over a year ago. What are the main responsibilities within…

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    Northern Healthcare Company News

    Team Members Attend First Northern Healthcare Leaders Event

    Northern Healthcare Leaders Event At the end of July 2022 members of our team from across Northern Healthcare participated in the first “NHC Leaders” event. The day presented an opportunity for sharing ideas and feedback, reflecting, re-focusing and looking forwards.…

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    Northern Healthcare Yorkshire Supported Living Services Collaborate to Host Resident Networking Events

    Northern Healthcare is a 24/7 enhanced supported living service providing support to individuals with a mental health diagnosis, learning disability, and/or autism. Across July and August 2022, Northern Healthcare’s Yorkshire-based services came together to hold a series of resident networking…

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    Mental Health Awareness

    Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) | Signs, symptoms and support

    Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that is typically triggered by traumatic, distressing life events. It is estimated that 1 in 3 individuals who experience a traumatic event will be affected by PTSD. In this article, we look…

  • Northern Healthcare Rising Star 2022 | Ahmed Khattab

    We grabbed a quick chat with Ahmed Khattab, Support Worker at Holland House and winner of our Northern Healthcare 2022 Rising Star Award! Ahmed tells us about his experience at Northern Healthcare and how he felt being nominated for an…

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    Northern Healthcare Administrator of the Year 2022 | Sophie Parker

    We caught up with Sophie Parker, Business Administrator at Hyde Park House and winner of our Northern Healthcare 2022 Administrator of the Year Award! Here's what she had to say about her role and how she felt about being nominated...…

  • Northern Healthcare Head Office Star 2022 | Patrice Mallon

    We caught up with our Head Office Star Award Winner, Quality and Compliance Senior Administrator, Patrice Mallon to find out all about her experience at Northern Healthcare and how she felt about being nominated for the award! When did you…

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    Mental Health Awareness

    World Alzheimer’s Day 2022 | The Power of Knowledge

    September is World Alzheimer’s Month, and the 21st of September is observed as World Alzheimer’s Day. The day is dedicated to raising awareness of Alzheimer’s disease, a progressive disease that affects our brains. World Alzheimer’s Day – The Power of…

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    From Support Worker to Business Administrator | 6 Months On

    A couple of months ago, we spoke to Chloe, Business Administrator at Helena’s House. Chloe had recently moved from the role of Support Worker to Business Administrator, and she told us about her first week in the role. Having now…

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    Mental Health Awareness

    Alzheimer’s disease | Signs, symptoms, and common risk factors

    September is World Alzheimer’s Month, an opportunity to raise awareness of brain disease, and educate everyone around the world on Alzheimer’s disease. The term “Alzheimer’s” is often used interchangeably with dementia; however, dementia is an umbrella term for symptoms caused…

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    Mental Health Awareness

    World Suicide Prevention Day | Creating Hope Through Action

    *Sensitive content. Please note that this article mentions suicide. If you need help please reach out, there are resources listed at the bottom of this page. If you are seriously worried about yourself or a loved one, you can visit…

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    Mental Health Tips & Advice

    Medical Jargon | Making Language More Accessible

    When reading medical notes or letters, or searching for information online, do you often find yourself trying to cryptically decode a series of letters, or frequently Googling the meaning of words to find out what they mean? Medical jargon is…

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    Mental Health Awareness

    Dyspraxia | Learning Difficulty Focus

    It is estimated that between 5-10% of the UK population are living with dyspraxia. In this article, we take a look at dyspraxia, including the most common signs, and the support that is available for individuals with dyspraxia. What is…

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    Mental Health Tips & Advice

    Keeping Safe During Hot Weather

    In recent weeks, we have been experiencing extremely hot weather with unusually high temperatures here in the UK, and it is important that we are keeping safe in the heat. As well as keeping ourselves safe, certain vulnerable groups in…

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    Mental Health Awareness

    Eating Disorders: Bulimia

    In the second blog of our series highlighting the different types of eating disorders, we are going to focus on bulimia. In this article, we look at the signs and symptoms, the treatment available, and how you can support a…

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    Mental Health Awareness

    Obsessive Compulsive Disorder | Signs, symptoms, and support

    How often do we hear the phrase, "that's my OCD", or, "you're so OCD"? It is a common saying in day to day life, but a diagnosis of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is actually pretty rare, affecting approximately 1.2% of…

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    Mental Health Awareness

    National Schizophrenia Awareness Day 2022

    25th July 2022 is National Schizophrenia Awareness Day. Hosted by Rethink Mental Illness, the day aims to shine a light on the challenges individuals living with a schizophrenia diagnosis face. A schizophrenia diagnosis A schizophrenia diagnosis is usually confirmed by…

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    Mental Health Tips & Advice

    5 Ways to Wellbeing

    It is essential that we take care of our mental and physical wellbeing to ensure that we remain happy and healthy. There is evidence to suggest that there are 5 ways to wellbeing – the New Economics Foundation has analysed…

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    Mental Health Awareness

    Everything you need to know about supported living services

    Are you looking to move into a supported living service, or wondering if supported living may be the next step for you? In this blog, we look at supported living services, answering some of the most common questions such as…

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    Mental Health Awareness

    Eating Disorders: Anorexia Nervosa

    In this blog, we are going to look at anorexia nervosa: what it is, signs and symptoms, possible causes, and how you can support yourself or a loved one. Anorexia vs. Anorexia Nervosa The term anorexia is commonly used when…

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    Mental Health Awareness

    Call for Evidence to Improve the Governments 10 Year Mental Health Plan

    In April 2022, the UK Government launched a call for evidence, designed to inform a new 10-year mental health plan, with a focus on improving mental health across the UK. The call for evidence will be open for 12 weeks,…

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    Research Knowledge Base

    Huntington’s Disease: Pharmacological vs Physical Interventions

    Huntington’s Disease (HD) is a genetic neurodegenerative disorder, characterised by progressive development of hyperkinetic movements, the involuntary actions of the limbs and torso (Roos, 2010). The progressive neurodegeneration also results in psychiatric disturbances and cognitive impairment (Walsam, et al. 2018).…

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    Mental Health Awareness

    Learning Disability Week | Living Life with a Learning Disability

    Learning Disability Week is an annual campaign from Mencap, dedicated to educating and raising awareness of learning disabilities and the experiences of individuals with learning disabilities. This year, the week of 20-26 June is Learning Disability Week, and the theme…

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    Mental Health Tips & Advice

    Loneliness Awareness Week – Dealing with Loneliness

    Loneliness has been front and centre of discussions in recent years. In May this year, we supported Mental Health Awareness Week 2022 highlighting the theme of loneliness. Our services planned some thought-provoking activities and shared their top tips for dealing…

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    Mental Health Awareness

    Dyscalculia | Learning Difficulty Focus

    Approximately 6% of people have dyscalculia, a learning difficulty affecting an individual’s ability to understand numbers. Dyscalculia can sometimes be referred to as “number dyslexia” as the signs and symptoms are very similar. Approximately 50% of individuals with dyscalculia will also…

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    Mental Health Tips & Advice

    Food for thought | The role of nutrition in mental health

    Does the food that we eat have an effect on our mental health? Yes, there is plenty of research around the topic of nutrition and mental health, and overall, the findings point to a link between our diet and our…

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    Northern Healthcare support Mental Health Awareness Week 2022

    Every year, Northern Healthcare support Mental Health Awareness Week by taking part in a range of activities throughout the week. The theme for Mental Health Awareness Week 2022 was loneliness. This year, our services marked the week with lots of…

  • Working in Partnership to Make A Difference

    Northern Healthcare work closely in partnership with colleagues from across the adult health and social care sector to provide outstanding support to all of our residents. All of Northern Healthcare's residents are supported to maintain tenancy agreements with an independent…

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    Mental Health Awareness

    Schizoaffective disorder | Signs, symptoms and support

    On average, 1 in 200 people will develop schizoaffective disorder within their lifetime. Most commonly, it develops during early adulthood and is more prevalent amongst women than men. In this article we take a deeper look into schizoaffective disorder, including…

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    Mental Health Awareness

    Loneliness in the UK | Facts and figures

    Loneliness in the UK is a prevalent issue, and research has shown that it can have negative impacts on our mental health. The Covid-19 pandemic has also contributed to an increase in reports of loneliness over the past 2 years.…

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    Mental Health Awareness

    Dyslexia | Learning Difficulty Focus

    Dyslexia is a learning difficulty that affects an individual’s reading, writing, and spelling. It is relatively common, with 1 in 10 people in the UK estimated to have some degree of dyslexia.  In this article, we take a detailed look…

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    Mental Health Tips & Advice

    Social Media’s Influence on Mental Health

    Social media is a big part of modern life. According to the Statista Research Department, as of 2022 internet users worldwide spend an average of 147 minutes per day on social media. This has increased year on year and is…

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    Northern Healthcare Company News

    Health and Social Care Levy

    The Health and Social Care Levy has recently come into effect in the UK, as of April 6th, 2022. Back in September 2021, the UK Government announced their plans for the levy, allocating £5.4 billion to invest into adult Social…

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    Mental Health Awareness

    Stress Awareness Month 2022: Community

    Held annually since 1992, April is Stress Awareness Month. This year, the theme is community. In this blog, we are going to look briefly at stress and the effect it has on our mental and physical health, before delving into…

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    Mental Health Tips & Advice

    6 mental health tips to take care of yourself during the Easter weekend

    The Easter weekend may not be as difficult a time as the Christmas break, but many of us may still struggle during the holiday period. In this blog, we look at 6 mental health tips to help take care of…

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    Mental Health Awareness

    Living with autism | Meltdowns and shutdowns

    Autism is a life-long developmental disability. Individuals with an autism diagnosis may experience the world a little differently as their brains process information and interactions in a different way. Read more about an autism diagnosis, what daily life is like…

  • Northern Healthcare Career Stories: The Role of a Support Worker

    We grabbed a quick chat with Babs, one of our Support Workers at Helena's House, over a quick game of pool. Babs told us all about his experience working as a Support Worker. When did you join Northern Healthcare? I…

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    Northern Healthcare Career Stories: From Support Worker to Business Administrator

    We spoke to Chloe, Business Administrator at Helena’s House. Chloe has recently moved from the role of Support Worker to Business Administrator, and she told us about her first week in the role: What is your role at Northern Healthcare?…

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    Mental Health Awareness

    All About Anxiety – Managing Anxiety

    Anxiety disorder is a mental health diagnosis that can have a big impact on your day to day life. There are different types of anxiety disorders that we covered in our first blog in the ‘All About Anxiety’ series, you…

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    Mental Health Awareness

    How to recognise symptoms of depression

    Depression is a mental health condition most commonly characterised by consistent low mood, feeling sad and unhappy. A common mental disorder worldwide and a leading cause of disability, it is estimated that the prevalence of depression in the UK was…

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    Life at Kirk House

    Our supported living services are full of activities with a busy calendar of group cooking classes, exercise, health and nutrition workshops, 1-2-1 time and occupational therapy to suit everyone’s needs and help our residents to reach their recovery goals. Highlights…

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    Life at Adamson House

    Our supported living services are full of activities with a busy calendar of group cooking classes, exercise, health and nutrition workshops, 1-2-1 time and occupational therapy to suit everyone's needs and help our residents to reach their recovery goals. Here…

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    Mental Health Awareness

    All About Anxiety – Types of Anxiety Disorders

    What is anxiety? Anxiety is typically defined as a feeling of worry and unease. Everyone will likely experience feelings of anxiety during certain times in their lives, for example when preparing for a job interview or when going on a…

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    Mental Health Awareness

    World Social Work Day 2022 – Co-building a New Eco-Social World

    World Social Work Day is held on the third Tuesday of March each year, and this year it fell on 15th March 2022, which coincided with Social Work England’s Social Work Week (14th – 18th March 2022). The day was…

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    Back On Track | One Resident’s Story…

    In April 2021, one of our residents attended an Occupational Therapy clinic at Mary Seacole House and stated that he would like to work on his Maths and English skills, as he was not able to complete these at high…

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    “I want those who are disadvantaged to get the best care and equal opportunities.” | Bruce Maclaren, Service Manager

    We caught up with Bruce Maclaren, who recently joined the Northern Healthcare team as Service Manager at Kirk House.  What attracted you to apply to join the Northern Healthcare team? “Northern Healthcare actually reached out to me on LinkedIn! I…

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    “I am excited to see the residents living meaningful and fulfilled lives.” | Bianca Aylwin, Service Manager

    Bianca Aylwin recently joined the team as Service Manager at Adamson House. We caught up with her to find out her motivations for working in mental health, and her ambitions for Adamson House. What attracted you to apply to join…

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    Running the Show | Resident Park Runs

    Charlotte, one of our residents at Milnshaw House, had been participating in Park Runs prior to moving to Accrington. This leisure activity is part of her self-care routine and is an effective coping strategy. Running has helped her combat past…

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    Mental Health Awareness

    Women Pioneers in Mental Health | International Women’s Day 2022

    International Women’s Day 2022 falls on Tuesday 8th March, and this year’s theme is #BreakTheBias. The idea behind the theme is to raise awareness against gender bias, and celebrate women’s achievements. We’re doing our bit by taking a look at…

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    Careers

    How to Become a Social Worker

    There are many roles within the Health and Social Care sector, such as Support Workers, Service Managers, Occupational Therapists, Nurses, Counsellors and Social Workers, to name a few. This article focuses on how to become a Social Worker and the…

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    Mental Health Awareness

    Mental Health Inequality

    Poor mental health can affect anyone at any time in their lives, however unfortunately there are some people for who the likelihood of experiencing a mental health problem is higher than average. This results in health inequality not just across…

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    Mental Health Awareness

    The role of Occupational Therapy data in mental health support and treatment

    Historically, the development of occupational therapy arose from the treatment of mental health diagnoses. In 1928, Dr William Rush Dunton Jr., founder of the National Society for the Promotion of Occupational Therapy (now known as the American Occupational Therapy Association),…

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    Mental Health Awareness

    Learning Disabilities and Feeling Lonely

    For many people, lockdown has exacerbated feelings of loneliness. For adults with learning disabilities, feeling lonely can be a long-term challenge, and one that they may have been experiencing prior to lockdown. Whilst everyone can experience feeling lonely at some point…

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    Mental Health Awareness

    Time to Talk Day 2022 | Start a Conversation

    February 3rd 2022 is Time to Talk Day, previously led by Time to Change, this year the campaign is being guided by charity partners Mind and Rethink Mental Illness , in partnership with Co-op. Time to Talk Day encourages us…

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    Mental Health Awareness

    Medication and Mental Health – Let’s Change the Narrative

    One in eight adults in England receive mental health treatment, with 10.4% of these adults receiving medication as either sole or part of their treatment. (McManus S et al., 2014) Despite this, there is still stigma attached to the use…

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    Mental Health Tips & Advice

    Beating the January Blues

    January Blues [noun] Feeling low or down in January with a lack of motivation, usually due to cold weather and dark mornings. The January Blues are a common occurrence every year, after the excitement and busyness of the festive season…

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    Mental Health Tips & Advice

    The impact of social media on mental health

    Social media has gained incredible popularity in recent years. From the humble beginnings of Bebo, MSN Messenger and Myspace, to the viral trends on TikTok and Instagram, social media platforms have now become much more interactive and creative. As of…

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    Merry Christmas 2021!

    Merry Christmas! Here at Northern Healthcare, we wish everyone a Merry Christmas for 2021 and hope that everyone had a lovely Christmas with family, friends, residents and colleagues. Deck the Halls... All across our services, the beginning of December saw…

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    Mental Health Tips & Advice

    Top 7 social work podcasts | Learning, laughing and connecting on the go!

    Podcasts are a great way to learn and keep up to date with industry news and events. They are easy to consume and super convenient for busy schedules – you can listen to a podcast in the car on the…

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    Team Player of the Year Award Winner | Rachel Harris, Support Worker

    We dropped by Amy Johnson House to congratulate our Team Player of the Year Award Winner for 2021, Support Worker Rachel Harris. Here's what she had to say about her experience working at Northern Healthcare... Q & A with Rachel…

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    Northern Healthcare Company News

    People at the Heart of Care White Paper Response

    In December 2021, the Government released their Adult Social Care Reform White Paper, “People at the Heart of Care”. The white paper outlines the Government’s vision for adult social care over the next 10 years, and also details the funding…

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    Careers

    Northern Healthcare Careers in Adult Health & Social Care

    Careers in health and social care are extremely rewarding and varied. There are patient, resident or client-facing roles. At Northern Healthcare these include Support Workers, Team Leaders, Occupational Therapists and Mental Health Nurses. There are also valuable behind the scenes…

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    Mental Health Tips & Advice

    7 Tips to Look After Your Mental Health in the Workplace

    Work can be challenging and stressful at times, and so it is important to look after your mental health. This not only ensures that you are happy and healthy, but in addition, taking care of your own mental health needs…

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    Careers

    The 6 Cs in Health and Social Care

    All Health and Social Care workers must demonstrate the 6 Cs in Health and Social Care. They are the foundations for providing the highest quality care possible to patients, residents, and clients. This article will focus on providing care to…

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    PROUD | Our Company Values

    Here at Northern Healthcare, we have a set of company values that are at the heart of everything we do. These are: PROUD Positive. Respectful. Open and Honest. Understanding. Dedicated. Alongside our company values, we also align everything we do…

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    Life As A Support Worker | Hannah Williams, Amy Johnson House

    We asked Hannah Williams, a support worker at Amy Johnson House, to tell us what life as a support worker is like, and here's what she had to say... Amy Johnson House supports individuals that present with mental health issues…

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    Northern Healthcare Support Worker | A Day In The Life

    We spoke with Nicola Almond, a Northern Healthcare support worker at Mary Seacole House, to find out what a day in the life is like in the role of a support worker! A day in the life of a Northern…

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    Newly Qualified Occupational Therapist | Cameron Chambers, Merchants House

    Congratulations to Cameron Chambers, our Occupational Therapist at Merchants House, who was recently awarded a 2:1 in Occupational Therapy! Cameron tells us what inspired her to choose Occupational Therapy and describes her experience of studying Occupational Therapy at University. Here…

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    Northern Healthcare Company News

    Northern Healthcare Welcome New Clinical Development Director

    Please join us in welcoming our new Clinical Development Director, Dawn Fearn, to the Northern Healthcare team! Dawn brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the role and is excited to get stuck in with lots of new ideas…

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    Business Administrator of the Year 2021 | Michaela Buckingham

    We caught up with our Business Administrator of the Year 2021 award winner, Michaela Buckingham, Business Administrator at Glen Garth House, to find out all about her experience working at Northern Healthcare. Here's what she had to say: Q&A with…

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    Team Player of the Year 2021 | Kerry Collis, Senior Finance Associate

    We sat down for a quick cuppa and a chat with our Team Player of the Year 2021 Award Winner, Senior Finance Associate Kerry Collis. Here's what she had to say about her experience working at Northern Healthcare... Q &…

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    “I aim to be approachable, understanding, concise, and professional.” | Maggie Davison, Support Worker

    Maggie Davison, a support worker at Helena's House, tells us all about her role as a support worker, and how she has supported residents. "I have kept resident care at the forefront by aiming to be approachable, understanding, concise, and…

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    Race For Life 2021 | Pretty Muddy

    Montgomery House take on Race for Life Staff and residents from Montgomery House completed the Pretty Muddy Race for Life this weekend. One resident even completed the challenge despite fracturing her foot in the weeks before the event, which is…

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    Life at Holly Court

    Our supported living services are full of activities with a busy calendar of group cooking classes, exercise, health and nutrition workshops, 1-2-1 time and occupational therapy to suit everyone’s needs and help our residents to reach their recovery goals. Recent…

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    Social Work Values | World Values Day 2021

    Thursday 21st October is World Values Day. World Values Day recognises and celebrates the importance of values. This year, the theme is “Reconnecting”.  The past 18 months have been a time of uncertainty and we have all had our daily…

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    “Watching the residents become more independent is such a touching feeling.” | Christine Trevor, Clinical Lead

    We interviewed Northern Healthcare Clinical Lead, Christine Trevor, to find out a little bit more about her background and inspirations. Q & A with Christine Trevor What did you want to be growing up? I wanted to be a teacher,…

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    Life at Tenby House

    Our supported living services are full of activities with a busy calendar of group cooking classes, exercise, health and nutrition workshops, 1-2-1 time and occupational therapy to suit everyone’s needs and help our residents to reach their recovery goals. Highlights…

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    ADHD Awareness Month | October 2021

    ADHD stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. October is ADHD Awareness Month, and this month the theme is all about reframing ADHD and discovering new perspectives. Much like many other mental health diagnoses, ADHD can often be misunderstood or misinterpreted. The purpose…

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    Training and Compliance Coordinator | Patrice Mallon, Support Worker Champion

    We spoke to our Training and Compliance Coordinator and Support Worker Champion, Patrice Mallon, to find out all about her role here at Northern Healthcare. Patrice tells us how she began working at Northern Healthcare in 2019 as a Bank…

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    Charity Fundraising 2021 | Northern Healthcare teams are raising funds for Mind

    This year, our services will be fundraising for our chosen charity for 2021-2022, Mind. Historically, our services have competed each year to raise the most money for Children in Need, with the winning service crowned our Fundraising Champions at our…

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    “They are like my second family.” | Ray’s Story Grainger House

    We love to share resident's stories - hearing and reading about lived experiences helps to keep the conversation about mental health open which we believe is very important. Mental health is still surrounded by stigma but keeping the conversations open can…

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    “Staff helped me a lot with my recovery.” | David’s Story, Glen Garth House

    One of our residents from Glen Garth House shares with us his experience of his time at Glen Garth so far. David's Story “The Northern Healthcare staff at Glen Garth are very good to you when you are ill, because…

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    I was diagnosed with schizophrenia age 23 | Mark’s Story

    "I couldn't have done this without you." | Mark's Schizophrenia Recovery Story “Hi my name is Mark, a resident originally from Glen Garth House and now at Tenby House which is run by Northern Healthcare, and this is my schizophrenia…

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    “There are many people you can go to for support.” | Harry Evans, Support Worker

    Harry, one of our support workers from Montgomery House, tells us about his experience working for Northern Healthcare since he joined in early 2020. Inspiring Stories | Support Worker Harry Evans "Hello, my name is Harry, I’m 25 years old…

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    Life at Mary Seacole House

    Our supported living services are full of activities with a busy calendar of group cooking classes, exercise, health and nutrition workshops, 1-2-1 time and occupational therapy to suit everyone’s needs and help our residents to reach their recovery goals. Highlights…

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    Life at Radcliffe Lodge

    Our supported living services are full of activities with a busy calendar of group cooking classes, exercise, health and nutrition workshops, 1-2-1 time and occupational therapy to suit everyone’s needs and help our residents to reach their recovery goals. Highlights…

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    Life at Milnshaw House

    Our supported living services are full of activities with a busy calendar of group cooking classes, exercise, health and nutrition workshops, 1-2-1 time and occupational therapy to suit everyone’s needs and help our residents reach their recovery goals. Highlights from…

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    “I love supporting residents and knowing that I have helped them.” | Georgina Flavell, Team Leader

    We caught up with our Rising Star 2021 award winner, Team Leader Georgina Flavell, to find out all about her experience working at Northern Healthcare. Q & A with Georgina Flavell What attracted you to apply to join the team?…

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    The care and passion to do the very best for our residents is evident | Sharon Gee, HR Manager

    We caught up with our Head Office Star 2021 award winner, HR Manager Sharon, to find out all about her experience working at Northern Healthcare. Q & A with Sharon Gee, HR Manager What are your main responsibilities as HR…

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    Everyday Heroes Perform CPR at Glen Garth House

    In June of this year, one of our residents from Glen Garth House was rushed to hospital with a suspected cardiac arrest, after being found in the communal lounge unresponsive. The team were quick to respond: Beth Jordan and Sarah…

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    Therapeutic Horticulture

    This year, the theme for Mental Health Awareness Week is 'Connect With Nature'. In keeping with this theme, Milnshaw House have been enjoying planting seeds and watching them grow, in sessions facilitated by Prospects Foundation. Therapeutic Horticulture “Horticulture and gardening…

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    Connect With Nature | Mental Health Awareness Week 2021

    Here are some of the highlights from this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week. This year the theme was Connect with Nature, and so our services got out and about in the fresh air with a variety of activities that allowed…

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    Life at Amy Johnson House

    Our supported living services are full of activities with a busy calendar of group cooking classes, exercise, health and nutrition workshops, 1-2-1 time and occupational therapy to suit everyone’s needs and help our residents to reach their recovery goals. Highlights…

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    Residents at Helena’s House welcome Amber, the pet therapy dog | Animal assisted mental health recovery

    Residents at Helena’s House enjoyed some quality time with Amber, a qualified pet therapy dog this week. Research indicates that therapy dogs provide comfort in moments of distress, and help to rebuild self-esteem. Evidence also suggests that petting or stroking…

  • Glen Garth House | Children in Need Fundraisers of the Year 2019

    Each year our services take part in a friendly competition to become Northern Healthcare's Children in Need Fundraisers of the Year 2019. Each service hosts a number of activities to raise funds and awareness for this extremely worth cause! This…

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    Northern Healthcare announces community initiative Northern Soul

      Northern Healthcare support people who are on the pathway to recovery and who have mental health challenges. We help them realise their potential and regain their independence in order to become an active member of society again. Often a…

  • The Northern Healthcare Team are Supporting Mental Health Awareness Week 

    It is clear to see the impact COVID-19 is having, and will continue to have, on people’s wellbeing and mental health, especially for those with an existing mental health diagnosis. Unfortunately, the number of people who are suffering with their…

  • Grainger House’s Jodie Langley crowned Support Worker of the Year 2019

    This year, due to the coronavirus pandemic the Northern Healthcare Award winners are being crowned digitally. Jodie Langley from Grainger House was recognised as an individual who goes the extra mile to make a difference to the daily lives of those…

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    Amy Johnson House | New enhanced supported living service now open in Hull

    Northern Healthcare have now opened a new service in Hull city centre, providing enhanced supported living accommodation for people with mental health problems, autism, brain injury and learning disabilities. Amy Johnson House can accommodate up to 18 people in single…

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    Mental Health Tips & Advice

    How to incorporate ‘self-care’ into your daily routine

    We all lead busy lives and sometimes finding the time to look after yourself can be difficult. Some self-care methods can be time-consuming and hard to incorporate into our hectic day-to-day lives. Here are five small changes you can make…

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    Mental Health Tips & Advice

    Some self-care tips for anxiety…

    Anxiety disorders are an extremely common form of mental health problems. According to a recent study, 1 in 10 people are likely to have a ‘disabling anxiety disorder’ at some stage in their life. Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) and depression…

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    Mental Health Tips & Advice

    Is coffee making your anxiety worse?

    How caffeine intake could be linked to your mental health Brown, bitter and a staple of homes and the high-street alike, coffee has permeated modern day-to-day life. From office workers to overworked parents, coffee culture has turned the beverage into…

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    Mental Health Tips & Advice

    How drama therapy can assist with mental health recovery

    The Benefits of Drama Therapy Drama has commonly been used as a form of therapy since the 18th century. Mental health hospitals used it as a way for patients to explore their own psychoses by developing their own plays. It…

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    Utilising Arts & Crafts for Mental Health

    Whilst the number of different therapies for mental health problems is always growing, there is still an outcry for more holistic therapies. Over the past few years mass studies have shown that therapies including arts, dance, music and drama have…

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    Mental Health Tips & Advice

    How exercise helps improve your mental health

    Regular exercise can play a pivotal role in improving mental health, for a number of different reasons. According to experts, exercise releases chemicals in your brain calls endorphins which help to trigger positive feelings in your body and promote happiness. …

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    Mental Health Tips & Advice

    The Importance of Talking About Mental Health

    Mental health is a subject that has been kept in the dark for far too long. With one in four adults in the UK experiencing mental illness, this is not an area that affects a small percentage of people. For…

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    Mental Health Awareness

    How does stress affect our mental health?

    Mental health problems can stem from a range of different factors from physical causes such as if you have had an injury, a change in your personal circumstances or it can even be hereditary. There is a long list of…

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    Mental Health Tips & Advice

    Why the language surrounding mental health matters

    We all know someone who constantly refers to themselves as “going psycho” or ‘feeling a bit OCD’ – which may seem to be a harmless comment at first, but this type of language can hinder the support people with these…

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    Mental Health Awareness

    Exploring the loneliness epidemic with mental health…

    17th – 21th June marked Loneliness Awareness Week and we thought this would be a very relevant time to look at the loneliness epidemic in more detail. Whilst loneliness and social isolation has been a concern for many years, awareness…

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    Mental Health Awareness

    Everything You Need To Know About Modern-Day Mental Health

    On average one adult in six has a mental health disorder – therefore, it has never been more important to bring mental health awareness to the forefront of people’s minds. It is important to understand the changes in how mental…

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    Mental Health Tips & Advice

    The Benefits of Occupational Therapy

    Nobody can deny that the role of occupational therapy is essential in a person's social and mental recovery. Through multiple different methods, occupational therapists help people of all ages to improve their abilities to perform day-to-day tasks. Occupational therapists work…

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    Mental Health Awareness

    See what our residents got up to during Mental Health Awareness Week!

    Mental health awareness throughout the UK is becoming more and more prominent, evidenced by the success of this year’s mental health awareness week. Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, this year’s theme surrounded body image and how people feel about…

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    Northern Healthcare Awarded “Most Anticipated Residential Healthcare Development Project”…

    CONGRATULATIONS! Northern Healthcare’s new service ‘Garth Lodge’ has been awarded accreditation from the BUILD Architecture Awards 2019, winning the “Most Anticipated Residential Healthcare Development Project”. Garth Lodge commenced in April 2019 and has been the first new build from Northern…

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    Looking To Make A Referral? Here’s How!

    Supported living facilities can plan an important part in the recovery journey for some individuals with a mental health diagnosis or learning disability. We focus on recovery, these services can help individuals develop skills to become more independent therefore improving…

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    What To Consider When Making A Referral

    Here at Northern Healthcare, we understand the importance of housing patients in the perfect accommodation suited for their needs – as this can play an integral part in their overall recovery. With every person being different, it is important to…

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    Northern Healthcare Company News

    Northern Healthcare Building Finalists for Building Excellence Awards!

    One of Northern Healthcare’s Manchester based supported living schemes has been nominated for three awards in the LABC North West Building Excellence Awards 2019. What is now known as the vibrant Montgomery House in Radcliffe, was once a commercial office…

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    Northern Healthcare Company News

    Northern Healthcare Achieve Investors In People Silver Status

    Northern Healthcare are excited to announce that they have achieved Investors in People Silver, demonstrating their commitment to high performance through good people management.   Paul Devoy, Head of Investors in People, said: “We’d like to congratulate Northern Healthcare, Investors…

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    Northern Healthcare Conference 2018

    Northern Healthcare are excited to announce and confirm details for our annual conference 2018. The conference will be held at Leeds City Museum on the 6th November 2018. This year the conference will focus this year on the economic impact…

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    Northern Healthcare Company News

    Northern Healthcare Achieve CQC Registration

    Northern Healthcare have achieved registration with the Care Quality Comission (CQC). The registration covers treatment of disease, disorder or injury & personal care. The registration allows another level of confidence in the services that Northern Healthcare provides and is part…

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    Northern Healthcare Company News

    Northern Healthcare announce new Clinical Director

    Northern Healthcare is pleased to announce that Kelly Winstanley has been appointed as Clinical Director for Northern Healthcare Ltd. Kelly is an Occupational Therapist. She has worked in mental health services throughout her career both in the private sector and…

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    Northern Healthcare Company News

    Children in Need

    Staff and residents at both Mary Seacole House, Westhoughton and Glen Garth House, Barrow-In-Furness are full steam ahead for Children in Need 2017. On go the Pudsey onesies and ears and a number of fundraising acts. It’s all part of…

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    Northern Healthcare Company News

    Northern Healthcare “packs a punch” with inaugural conference

    Northern Healthcare are celebrating the overwhelming success of their first conference. The conference was structured to address the issues present in the Mental Healthcare industry, the levels of step down care available, current obstacles and ways it needs to be…

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    Northern Healthcare Company News

    Bolton and Bury Business Awards 2017 – Finalists

    We are lucky enough to have been shortlisted to finalists for the Bolton and Bury Business Awards 2017. We have been nominated in the start-up business of the year category alongside some stiff competition!  We have found the community of…

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    Northern Healthcare Company News

    Mary Seacole House Grand Opening

    On Friday 7th March Northern Healthcare’s new unit, Mary Seacole House held its Grand Opening Day event. The event was attended by nearly 100 guests including service users, bed managers, commissioners and special guest, the  MP for Bolton West –…

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