New Residential Flat Based Service Opening Soon

Leofric Villa is our new residential with nursing service in Wednesbury, Sandwell for adults opening in autumn 2021. It has been developed as a result of demand for this type of provision in the local area for adults who have learning disabilities, who may be autistic or have other associated complex needs, including challenging behaviours and where there will also be a focus on Positive Behaviour Support.

With a lack of provision and support for people with learning disabilities and complex needs who have been in long stay hospitals in the West Midlands area, Consensus worked in partnership with the Local Authority and local CCGs to help deliver a flat based service with 8 self-contained flats. Leofric Villa has been designed to provide specialist accommodation and support to individuals who fall within the remit of the Black Country Transforming Care Partnership, which includes those seeking to step down from secure settings such as hospital environments, or who may be seeking a least restrictive community based option with enhanced support in order to avoid the need for a hospital admission.

“Leofric Villa is a nurse-led Positive Behaviour Support service with a highly skilled, multi-disciplinary support team, who can provide the individuals who live there with personalised, dedicated support to meet their needs.”

Ray Godwin Head of Development and Partnerships (Midlands & North)

An example of a layout of one of the flats at Leofric Villa…

 

 

The eight self-contained flats at Leofric Villa are all large and have a variety of layouts, features and risk mitigation measures to accommodate a wide variety of needs. They have also been designed to minimise the risk of compatibility issues where some flats have their own external entrance and three of the flats have level access.

 

More about Leofric Villa…

Leofric Villa is located in a quiet cul-de-sac close to the heart of Wednesbury. The service consists of eight large self-contained flats set across three floors. Some of the flats have environmental risk mitigation measures included to accommodate a wide variety of needs and three have level access. The flats have also been designed to minimise the risk of compatibility issues where some flats have their own external entrance. The setting includes a number of features that are helpful to people who are highly sensitive to light and noise and includes liminal spaces. The service also employs the latest assistive technology to help maximise individuals’ independence and ensure that all members of the support team can provide additional support at short notice.

Leofric includes a highly skilled team trained to deliver person-centred Active Support ensuring every individual has ongoing, daily support to engage in a variety of life activities and opportunities of their choice. The service includes a nursing element too, enabling effective partnership working with the local multi-disciplinary team. The service also has a Positive Behaviour Support Lead backed by our in-house Tizard-trained Positive Behaviour Support Team. They oversee the support strategies and mitigation approaches the whole support team need to adopt, where they can better understand the triggers and anxieties which can escalate into challenging behaviours.

In easy walking distance of all important local amenities and public transport networks, its location provides an excellent opportunity for individuals to have a strong community presence and build social networks.

In Conversation with Ray Godwin

With a strong reputation for developing innovative, high quality accommodation and support for individuals who fall within the remit of the Transforming Care Programme across the North of England, we speak to Ray Godwin, Head of Development and Partnerships, Midlands and North about partnering with commissioners in the West Midlands to meet their local needs and develop Consensus’ first new specialist service in the region.

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“Being a flat based model, the service will be better able facilitate the support of individuals with a diverse range of needs.”

Ray Godwin Head of Development and Partnerships (Midlands & North)