Hughendon Lodge (STAR)

Nottingham city


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Service description

STAR provides accommodation and support for people with severe and enduring mental health problems. The service works to enable residents to move on to independent tenancies in the local area, and then provides support needed in order for people to maintain these tenancies. 24 hour support is provided to all service users within the service, including all people who have moved out into the community outreach, as and when this support is required. The service also manages a number of move-on flats.

The aims of the service are to:

• Establish and maintain safe housing

• Maximise independence by promoting and encouraging positive social, vocational, recreational and creative activities, thereby developing links with the local and wider community

• Prevent or minimise admissions to hospital due to poor mental health

• Promote social inclusion, and challenge stigma and discrimination within the wider community


Learning opportunities

• Work in a person-centred, recovery-focussed way with adults with mental health difficulties and substance misuse issues

• Practice within a emphasis on reducing dependency and focus on promoting life skills/recovery and greater social inclusion

• Liaison with parents/carers

• Understanding of Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults

• Gain knowledge of legislation and policy underpinning mental health services, for example Mental Health Acts 1983/2007, Mental Capacity Act 2005 and Care Programme Approach.

• Gain a clearer understanding of the different approaches/models of mental health

• Partnership working, including twice weekly multi-disciplinary meetings. Also attendance at Care Programme Approach reviews and ward reviews

• Liaison with other agencies involved in supporting service users e.g. the Dual Diagnosis team

• Opportunity to enhance skills in both verbal and written communication e.g. delivering verbal and written reports, presenting feedback within multi-disciplinary meetings, attending and giving feedback to ward reviews

• Experience of advocating on behalf of service users with other service providers and organisations

• Organising and running groups

• Key working tasks including support planning and reviews

• Facilitation of daily living skills including income maximisation, budgeting and cooking etc

• Gain knowledge of the benefit system thus ensuring full benefit entitlement

• Experience of providing support to people in their own homes as part of an outreach/floating support service, whilst adhering to the service's lone worker policy

• Practice within the principles of anti-discrimination, anti-oppressive practice and equal opportunities

• Assessment, risk assessment and management

• Working with people with challenging behaviour

• Understanding empowerment

• Opportunities to apply relevant theories

• Crisis intervention

• Supporting employment and educational opportunities

• Supporting individuals to achieve improved mental health

• Facilitate opportunities to maintain and develop existing relationships

• Facilitate opportunities to enhance self-esteem and confidence

• Shadowing statutory care coordinators

• Learn about medication and relative side effects

• Theoretical and practical issues around self harm

• Dealing with new referrals

• Behavioural interventions


Additional information

The primary aim of the service is to work with people to move forwards in their lives. This creates opportunities to be involved in working with people coming from inpatient/acute ward settings at one end of the spectrum, right through to people who have moved on into their own accommodation in the community and everything in between!

The service has access for wheelchair users and a lift to the upper floor. There is a car parl. There is also an opportunity to do shift work.