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We are keen to promote everything relating to Autism, Learning Disabilities and Mental Health. The articles here will cover relevant stories, client and staff successes and conferences that are happening within Brookdale and the community.

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Tracscare presents "A better understanding of females with Autism"
Tracscare are proud to present this fantasic event for World Autism Week 2017.

The "A better understanding of females with Autism" event takes place at the Bridge Chapel Centre, Heath Road, Liverpool, L19 4XR on Thursday 30th March 2017.

For more information, please download the poster by clicking HERE.

This is a free event and places are limited.  Please make sure that you take up a place booked, to be fair to those who will inevitibly be on the waiting list.

To book your place please contact
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Recruitment Event - 9th, 10th, 11th February

Are you looking for a job that truly makes a difference? Then become a support worker at Milton Park Therapeutic Campus in Wyboston.

We will be holding a recruitment event on the 9th, 10th and 11th February at Cathedral Square. Why not register your interest and send your CV to or call 0300 124 0117.

All training is provided with an average starting rate of £8.79 per hour, plus a £200* welcome bonus.

We also offer these fantastic benefits:

  • Competitive salary
  • Free bus service from central Bedford
  • Comprehensive induction
  • Leading ongoing training
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Health scheme
  • £200 Refer a friend scheme
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Plus many more
The recruitment event is free to attend and is a fantastic opportunity for you to meet some of our team and find out why a career with us is so special.

For more information about Milton Park Therapeutic Campus please click here.

For more information about our other vacancies please take a look at, alternatively please contact us on 0300 124 0117.
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Dr Tiago Pinto Shortlisted as a Finalist in the Autism Professionals Awards 2017
Tiago is Presenting at The Autism Show Birmingham - 24th June imageWe are pleased to announce our very own Dr Tiago Pinto Clinical Psychologist and Head of Therapies at Milton Park Campus, Bedford, has been shortlisted as a finalist for the brand new Outstanding Healthcare Professional Award. This award recognises a healthcare professional who has made an exceptional contribution to the lives of autistic people. 

Image result for autism professionals awards 2017The Autism Professionals Awards are organised by the National Autistic Society and seek to acknowledge the outstanding contributions and achievements of professionals who are leading the way in innovative autism practice and making a real difference to the lives of autistic people in the UK.

Image result for royal hall harrogateTiago has made an exceptional contribution to the lives of the people he supports with Autism. His drive to improve standards, train others and measure outcomes is testament to his dedication and strength of character. He always strives to make the quality of a person's life as good as it can be for them. He never stops thinking about his role and the people he supports. Tiago is an inspirational role model to all and we would like to wish him the very best of luck at the awards!

The Awards will be presented to the winners at a prestigious Awards Dinner held on the first night of the National Autistic Society’s Professional Conference in Harrogate International Centre, Royal Hall, Tuesday 7th March 2017.

Autism Awards Finalists 2017
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ADOS-2 and ADI-R Training - Limited Spaces Available!
The next round of ADOS-2 and ADI-R training courses have now been scheduled and are available for people to book onto. 

The ADOS 2 training is split into 2 sections, one of 2 days and a second of 3 days at a later date. The next ADOS course will take place on the 14th and 15th March 2017, continuing on the 4th, 5th, and 6th of April 2017.
ADI-R Training takes place over 3 consecutive days. The next ADI-R course will take place on teh 13th, 14th and 15th of June. Training courses include hands-on practice with volunteer children, adolescents or adults with existing diagnoses, video codings, and role-play sessions.

The Training will be led by Tiago Pinto (Our Head of Therapeutic Services and Clinical Psychologist) who is recognised as an International trainer for both ADOS-2 and ADI-R and qualified to train professionals to use the diagnostic tools. Tiago has many years' experience using the tools and working with children and adults living with Autism. 

This training has limited spaces avaliable so book now! For more information on the training courses visit our training section or to book onto a course please email or call 01480 470047.  
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Tracscare has today (26th October) announced the acquisition of specialist Acquired Brain Injury provider New Bridges. The purchase of these four specialist Acquired Brain Injury services is part of their ongoing growth strategy.
With over 25 years of experience in providing specialist support and over 80 services across England and Wales, Tracscare delivers specialist support for people with Acquired Brain Injuries, Learning Disabilities, Autism and Mental Health Needs. Tracscare provide a complete care pathway from therapeutic settings with clinical teams on site to registered residential care and supported living in the community.
New Bridges forms part of an ongoing programme of acquisitions, which has seen Tracscare take on services that share their culture and commitment to quality. In 2015 Tracscare acquired Brookdale Care, a specialist residential care provider for individuals with Autism, and as a result became the largest provider of support for individuals with Autism in the sector.
Chief Executive of Tracscare, Peter Battle, said:
“We are delighted to acquire an outstanding specialist provider in New Bridges. We have a shared commitment to ever improving quality and the fulfilment of the people we support.
“We are looking forward to sharing best practice and continuing our collective focus on flexible, transparent care and market leading outcomes.”

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Pathway House meet and greet for Home Leader candidates
Recently a meet and greet was held at Pathway House for all of the potential Home Leader candidates. The meet and greet was used as part of their stage 1 interview in order for the candidates to meet with current staff and people we support living at Pathway House.
The home manager Fiona opened proceedings by introducing all the candidates and opened the floor to any questions from staff or people we support. The questions included:
  •         What is important to you?
  •         What will you bring to Pathway House?
  •         How would you prioritise activities and trips?
  •         What hobbies do you have?
  •         How would you support the manager in the running of the home?
  •         How would you work with the staff team?
Following the questions everyone was invited to stay and interact with each other if they wished. Candidates who were unfamiliar with the home were also shown around. Once the meet and greet was finished the home manager Fiona gathered feedback from all of the residents and staff.
This kind of patient involvement is great to see and we commend everyone involved at Pathway House. By allowing the people we support the opportunity to voice their opinion to help decide who they could potentially be working with in the future really shows that their best interests are at heart.
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The Autism Show Birmingham
We’ve had a great time exhibiting at the Autism Show Birmingham and taking the opportunity to spread awareness of Tracscare and Brookdales specialist services.

Our staff had some great conversations with a variety of care professionals and families of adults living with either Autism, a Learning Disability or Mental Health condition. We were able to offer advice and guidance to all and inform people of our support services where relevant.
As well as exhibiting our very own Dr Tiago Pinto presented at one of the theatre hub stages on Friday 24th. Tiago's talk was entitled 'See beneath the surface: Females with ASD - ASD, Personality Disorder, co morbid conditions?' Tiago's talk was fantastic and we have had some excellent feedback.
We want to say thank you to everyone who we met with over the weekend and if anyone would like more information about our services or has any questions or feedback regarding Tiago’s presenting please click here and send us an email.

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New Milton Park Family/Visitor Room
We are pleased to announce that we have opened a new family/visitors room at Milton Park.
The clinical excellence group at Milton Park felt that it was necessary to have a protected space that the people 
we support could meet with their family/friends away from the unit. We have designed a wonderful homely environment where families can relax, watch television and enjoy a meal with their loved ones. 

The feedback we have had so far is that families really like the new area which provides a peaceful and private space to spend time together. Our quality checker has designed a feedback form that we will be encouraging visitors/family to complete to make sure that we continue to provide a space that meets the needs of those that use it.

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Successful Learning Disability and Autism Conference
Another successful conference was hosted by Brookdale and Tracscare on the 2nd June. Thank you to everyone who attended the conference at the Cadbury House Hotel Bristol and made the day such a success! This includes the Kingsway Group, Options Supported Holidays and BILD who exhibited their brilliant services and products at the event.
More than 150 care professionals were invited to attend the conference, with the purpose being to raise awareness of Learning Disabilities and Autism. In particular how this effects people living with such conditions as well as identifying ways of supporting people to live more independently.
The conference included presentations from leading clinicians, therapists and people who have first-hand experience of living with a condition such as Autism. 
The conference provided an important platform for greater collaboration, between professionals helping them share information and best practice.
Presentations from the day are being sent to all delegates who attended the conference. However, if you were unable to attend the conference but are interested in receiving a copy of the presentation slides then email 
Our reputation for producing a high standard of conferences is ever increasing. If you are interested in attending any of our future conferences then please send an email to the above address.   

Here is what some of the delegates had to say about the conference: 

“It was a wonderful and informative conference!”

“Thank you for an interesting day.  It was obviously popular and the team looked after everyone brilliantly – great hosts!”
“All the speakers were excellent and overall it was a brilliant conference”

‘Thank you for providing a very interactive and informative day.’

Thank you again to all our speakers and delegates who attended the conference, we look forward to hosting many more of these events!
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