With another busy year almost over here at Pathways Northwest, it’s time to look forward to the new services and opportunities at our Accrington, Oswaldtwistle and Great Harwood units.
Quality is at the heart of everything we do at Pathways Northwest – this is reflected in our quality approach, which enables us to improve our user-centred services year on year. Using evidence-based performance indicators, we’re committed to showing clearly what we’ve achieved and where we’re looking to go next.
As a means of strengthening our holistic approach to Rehabilitation and Recovery, we’ve recently employed an Occupational Therapist and a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) expert. This additional level of support will help us to improve our care planning and allow our service users to engage with their individual recovery process in a more empowering way.
Our occupational therapist will be there to support residents in developing, recovering and maintaining the daily life and work skills that are important to them. Occupational therapy aims to improve quality of life in a creative way – adapting environments and tasks, teaching skills, and educating the user and those close to them.
Meanwhile, our CBT specialist will help our service users to rework unhelpful thinking patterns and emotions that may be causing unwanted feelings and behaviours. Our aim is to assist our residents in learning new, constructive ways of thinking and to engage with these more realistic and balanced thoughts instead of becoming caught up in old, negative cycles.
These therapies fit neatly into Pathways Northwest’s commitment to working in line with the Mental Health Recovery Star, a key-working and outcomes measurement tool recommended for use in adult care services.
The Recovery Star includes 10 core dimensions: Managing mental health, Physical health and self-care, Living skills, Social networks, Work, Relationships, Addictive behaviour, Responsibilities, Identity & self-esteem, and Trust and hope. We believe that all of these key performance areas are crucial to improving the long-term health and wellbeing of individuals facing complex mental health and behavioural issues.
In addition to the new services we are offering across our three branches, Pathways Northwest is seeking new referrals for spaces at its Accrington residence. With the branch having recently undergone a full refurbishment, we have three beautiful en-suite rooms available for either male or female service users.
Director of Pathways Northwest, Claire Mason commented:
“Our new occupational and cognitive behavioural therapy services are a wonderful addition to the holistic programme of Recover and Rehabilitation that we use at Pathways Northwest.
“Using The Recovery Star as a service model helps our service users to really take their recovery in their own hands, and it allows us – the staff – to gain vital information on developing creative, recovery-focused care plans.
“We’re very excited to be one of only a small number of care homes that offer these kinds of integrated services – and we look forward to welcoming new residents in the coming months.”
If you would like to know more about Pathways Northwest’s three units, arrange a visit or make a referral, our friendly staff are happy to help. All of our registered managers are qualified mental health nurses, so your queries are in capable hands.