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Ludlow Street Healthcare appoints ethics and safeguarding lead



In a move designed to strengthen its oversight of ethical and safeguarding issues, specialist healthcare provider Ludlow Street Healthcare has appointed a new ethics and safeguarding lead.

Richard Andrews, who has worked for Ludlow Street Healthcare for nine years in a social work capacity, will take on the new role which represents a formalisation of the work that he was already supporting alongside his usual case-based duties.

Ludlow Street Healthcare specialises in providing care for adults over the age of 18 with complex mental health problems, autism, learning disabilities, and neuropsychiatric conditions including dementia and acquired brain injuries.

In his new role, Richard will be responsible for strengthening and improving oversight and evaluation of safeguarding practice and he will further develop the organisation’s  safeguarding and person-centred culture.

Richard said: “The challenges and demands of the COVID crisis have highlighted the need for constant diligence when it comes to making any decisions on our service users’ cases, often managing competing priorities and risks.

“Given the complexity of our service users, we are constantly aware of the necessity of ensuring that we have clear processes in place when reviewing care needs and when making complex care and clinical decisions.

Richard Andrews

“These decisions need to take into account the wider picture which considers the interaction between service users’ human rights, mental capacity as well as their mental health and their corresponding legal frameworks.

“My role will help ensure that we prioritise effective consultation on complex cases and also continue to help services to review and reflect on complex interventions via Ludlow Street Healthcare’s Ethics Committee and Ethical Review process; enabling us to balance people’s needs and risks, whilst promoting and protecting their human rights.

“I’m looking forward to applying my experience as a practitioner to help develop long-term improvements in safeguarding in the organisation, and to promote good practice in this area.”

Dr Andrew Hider, clinical director at Ludlow Street Healthcare, said: “This is an incredibly important new role, not just for Richard but for the organisation as a whole. We have moved forward with this development because we wanted to formalise in our organisational structure the great work that Richard has been doing as Chair of our Ethics and Safeguarding Committee for some years now.

“We are proud of the focus all our teams have on keeping our service users safe and we see this role as a natural extension of our organisational values. Richard will provide support by maintaining the oversight of the existing ethics and safeguarding panel and by ensuring that all our clinical and operational staff have access to the information and guidance they need to support best practice in this area.”

Established in 2005 Ludlow Street Healthcare has supported and cared for over 800 people. For over a decade, it has worked in partnership with the NHS, developing services and investing in the necessary health infrastructure and staff training, to support patients on their journey to recovery and a more independent and fulfilling life, through step-down to community living – improving social integration and inclusion.

More information about Ludlow Street Healthcare is available on their website

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New £4.9m complex needs home opened by Exemplar Health Care



A new £4.9million state-of-the-art specialist care home has been opened in Birmingham by Exemplar Health Care. 

Blackmoor is the third care home in Birmingham opened by Exemplar Health Care,a provider of specialist nursing care for adults living with complex needs.

The home will support up to 30 adults and specialise in supporting people living with complex mental health needs, neuro-disabilities, brain injuries, spinal injuries and complex dementia. 

Exemplar Health Care supports some of the most complex and acute individuals, who would often be in a hospital setting if not placed with them, enabling them to stay in the community and reducing hospital and secure facility admission. 

Specialist nursing care for adults living with neuro-disabilities

Blackmoor has the facilities to provide specialist nursing care for people living with a neuro-disability or neurodegenerative disorder. 

The home has 30 large bedrooms, each with an en-suite, across three ten-bed units – all three units have the provision for bariatric care. This small group living provides a homely and supportive environment, which is more responsive to people’s needs – including the Bournville Unit which is a female-only environment.

The home includes the Tolkien Unit, our male-only unit which supports up to ten adults living with complex health needs and mixed diagnoses, including neuro-disabilities, brain injuries, physical disabilities and those who have tracheostomies, ventilators and PEG feeding. 

Being on the ground floor and with garden access rooms, it’s ideal for those living with a neuro-disability. 


The service also benefits from communal dining and living spaces as well as a cafe, therapy room, sensory room, salon and a large accessible garden.


Blackmoor provides a supportive environment where people can receive the specialist nursing care that they need and remain closer to their loved ones. 

The home hosts a restaurant-style dining menu which is developed with service users at quarterly Food Forums. This ensures that menus are varied, interesting and available to everyone, taking into account personal preferences, condition-specific and religious dietary requirements. 


“It is extremely rewarding to be able to support 30 local people with complex health needs” 

Kerry Hill, the Commissioning Home Director of Blackmoor, shares: “We are extremely happy to be able to open the fifth Exemplar Care Home in the West Midlands. We have designed and built Blackmoor to provide person-centered nursing care and rehabilitation that focuses on maximising independence, building everyday living skills, and empowering people to live as fulfilled lives as possible.

“We are also delighted to be able to support 30 adults living with a range of complex and high acuity needs while also generating over 100 jobs to the surrounding area of Birmingham.”