The Tom Wroe Unit
The Tom Wroe Unit is a purposefully designed seven-person therapy-led service designed to support individuals with traumatic or organic brain injuries, frontal temporal lobe disorders, early onset dementias and other neurological and neurodegenerative conditions.
Tom Woe unit was officially opened in June 2013 and was so named to commemorate one of our local Heroes, Private Thomas James Wroe of the 3rd Battalion, The Yorkshire regiment (Duke of Wellington’s) who gave his life on 15th September 2012 aged 18 years defending the Helmand Province, Afghanistan.
The service is well equipped to support our individuals and is a modern, comfortable environment with en-suite facilities to all bedrooms. Bedrooms can be decorated according to individual taste with consideration to Health and Safety Regulations. The home has level access, a tranquil patio area, television lounge and relaxation room, therapy room with facilities that enable a person’s progression through skills enhancement. We are a therapy-led, led by Clinical Psychology, life skills coaching team aiming to support our individuals in overcoming the challenges they face every day so that they can achieve their goals and aspirations.
The Care Team
Tom Wroe has a Consultant Psychologist and Unit Co Ordinator who support a Life Skills team that are selected for their qualities of reliability, integrity, skill, friendliness and professionalism. We operate safe recruitment systems to ensure all are checked thoroughly.
During induction all staff undertake appropriate mandatory and specialist training through a mixture of e-learning and face to face training delivered by both external professionals and experienced in-house trainers. The Team at Tom Wroe are in turn supported by the CEO and COO (Our People) Tom Wroe Unit can support residents with a wide range of medical, nursing, physiotherapy, Occupational therapy, speech and Language therapy and psychology on and off site. Our clinical approach includes a thorough assessment and review of each individuals care needs. Therapists can be accessed from the local Mental Health Team in Kirklees.
Staffing ratios are based on the needs of the residents identified at assessment and help ensure a high quality, safe environment in which the development of the individual is our priority.
We have a clearly defined strategy for the future. Firstly, the services provided are and will remain the highest quality available in the UK. Adequate resources are allocated towards staff training and development so that people grow with the company as it develops.
“We aim to provide a safe, caring and supportive and therapeutic, domestic environment for adults, in order to help them overcome the challenges that they face every day and to realise their true potential. We aim to be the best at what we do for the individuals who live here, for our staff and for the community we serve.”
- The home is designed and operated as a specialist unit, providing a high standard of care for adults including those who may exhibit challenging behaviour.
- The home provides a high quality, safe environment which encourages the development of skills and competencies in adults.
- Staff provide programmes aimed at improving people’s lives and skill base, eliminating inappropriate behaviour and establishing appropriate patterns of coping and problem solving where needed.
- Staff Work closely with the local Community Mental Health Team. We offer a home for life to individuals, however we will always support individuals in a pathway for the least restrictive and most appropriate accommodation with appropriate support as required being available.
- The home will provide care, and support in a way that supports dignity, self-esteem and social acceptance.
- It is evident that any service needs to have clear aims regarding its purpose. However, Tom Wroe Unit do not see those aims as being sufficient in themselves in the provision of a good quality service. Of equal importance is the ‘value base’ and ‘culture’ within which care and support takes place.
Our principles and values are:
- Supporting the individual to maintain and regain independence and control over their life
- Treating the individual with respect, dignity, fairness and being open with them at all times
- Respecting and promoting all differences, whether in culture, religion and belief, race, age, gender, sexual orientation and disability
- Supporting the individual to stay active and healthy and to develop links with the local community
- Supporting all individuals at risk of harm and abuse, to stay safe
- Improving the quality of the service we provided
- Listening to what people have to say about our service and acting upon feedback provided
- Working together with colleagues and other agencies to provide the best service for each individual we support
- Dealing with all complaints or concerns in a timely manner to ensure the continued improvement of our service
- Providing a homely and safe environment in which the individuals can reside
- Undertaking assessments with individuals to enable goal setting and develop pathways to independence
- Supporting people to stay well through early interventions in conjunction with other healthcare professionals
- Plans of care are developed and risks are assessed to provide a recovery and enablement plan for each individual to support them towards their goals
- Helping people to regain skills and maintain independence through long and short term support interventions
- Providing support to those individuals whom may present a challenge to the environment and those supporting them
- Supporting people to access suitable equipment to help promote their independence
- Providing support for people to access community, educational and work opportunities
- Providing support for those people living within our local community
Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults in everything we do
- Helping individuals at risk of harm or abuse to stay safe and helping individuals to recover from abuse
- Promoting safe living
- Providing training, support and advice to the staff
- Undertaking Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards best interest assessment under the Mental Capacity Act
- Providing all individuals with information on the various contacts for reporting abuse or concerns
The above is not intended to be a definitive list of the Homes values nor are the rights of the individual based solely on these values rather they reflect those, which are believed to be of paramount importance in the provision of services to people with complex mental health needs.