Building relationships, achieving life goals
Consensus tailors support around specific needs and aspirations. We help each individual we support to explore ideas of what they want to achieve before working with them to put together a plan of how we’ll help them to reach their goals. One person may want to live more independently while another may be determined to develop their daily living skills. Another may have their heart set on taking a holiday.
The people we support have learning disabilities, autism and complex needs and may also have other physical and cognitive needs, including dual diagnosis, sensory-perceptual issues, behaviours which others might find challenging, early on-set dementia and visual and hearing impairment. We meet their specific needs with absolute dedication and commitment to working long-term with them, their families and our other stakeholders to create the ideal solutions and settings for them.
We also work closely with other health professionals, GPs and therapists to ensure that every person we support maintains physical health, mental health and wellbeing.
Our passionate and dedicated teams support people with a range of learning disabilities including Prader-Willi Syndrome and Down’s Syndrome as well as rarer forms of disability such as Angelman Syndrome.
Autistic spectrum conditions
Individuals with autism have very specific needs and can experience a number of related conditions. That’s why Consensus has specific services to support people with autism, including those living with Asperger Syndrome.
People with learning disabilities are at greater risk of mental ill health than the general population. When a person has learning disabilities and mental health issues, this is called a dual diagnosis. We support many adults who are living with a dual diagnosis.
Consensus offers specialist support and interventions for people with learning disability and additional challenges, including complex needs that impact on their quality of life. Complex needs can affect a person’s physical and mental wellbeing and may include additional cognitive needs and physical impairment. The issues can often exacerbate one another and require nursing support.
Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS) is a rare genetic condition, affecting around one person in every 15,000. Individuals with the condition are restricted in their daily life through their insatiable appetites and they may experience other complications, such as restricted growth and behavioural problems.
Support for people with a forensic background
Sadly there are many people with learning disabilities in the justice system. But Consensus is often in the positive position of being able to work with justice services to move someone with a troubled background into one of our forensic residential services where they can receive the right support and make positive plans for a brighter future.
Discover our services for children and young people
While Consensus mainly runs services for adults, our Belstead Mews and Belstead Villa service is for children and young people aged from 14 to 25 years. These two homes support younger individuals as they transition to adulthood, helping them to develop the independence, self esteem and living skills they’ll need as they move on to adult services.
Ensuring a smooth transition
Our autism and behavioural specialists work with our support teams to gain a deep understanding of each individual and to ensure they are placed in the right setting. We offer everything from residential and options for supported living, to short breaks, day services and community outreach, so we offer the ultimate in flexibility and choice. We also understand that, for the people we support, any change can cause anxiety. So when an individual moves to a Consensus service, or between our services, we’ll follow a transition plan to ensure that things run smoothly. This might include visits to the service, supervised overnight stays and/or meals there. A key worker, a trusted member of staff, will coordinate the move and be the individual’s guide throughout the process.
Talk to our Referrals Team to find out how we can help you on 0808 223 5320