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Would you be able to support people with Autism, Mental Health and Learning Disabilities to understand their condition, to develop new skills and achieve real outcomes in their lives?  If so, than care can be an exciting and rewarding career.
 
We are actively recruiting for dedicated, enthusiastic and caring people to join the established teams within our range of services.   Our Milton Park Therapeutic Campusresidential and supported living services are exclusively for adults with Autism, Mental Health and Learning Disabilities and provide initiative care, treatment and support plans to enable them to reach their full potential.
 
We believe that it is important to provide a holistic approach to the care and support for people with Autism, because of this we employ a comprehensive range of clinical, therapeutic, education and support care professionals
 
We are committed to promoting equality and diversity.  We will make reasonable adjustments to ensure our recruitment and selection process is accessible to all.
 
For more information or to apply for any of these autism jobs please contact our HR department on 0300 124 0117.
 
 
 

Why work for Brookdale

We pride our self on providing unrivalled training opportunities. We have a dedicated training team and we really do see our employee’s wellbeing and individual growth as a priority. We hold training as an upmost priority by providing first class training, to give everyone the opportunities and resources to achieve their full potential.

So if you are studying for a relevant qualification, an experienced professional or looking for a job in autistic care – We can provide:
  • Excellent rates of pay
  • Specialist Autism specific training
  • Working exclusively with Autistic clients
  • Progressive care environments
  • Career development opportunities
  • Flexible hours 

If you are interested in any of the information listed above, then please feel free to visit our current job vacancy page to see what great positions await you.

 
They are very staff focused; there is a massive focus on our own (as employees) well being, our ability to further ourselves.
Simon Porter, Senior ASC Practitioner

Our Staff

We really prioritise employee’s personal development. This is through outstanding teamwork and ongoing professional training development. Brookdale strongly believes in internal progression and that is why so many of the current staff team have been given the opportunities to progress internally into new roles.


Case Studies

My Journey with Brookdale - Jerry Skrzypczak

Before I started working in healthcare and before I even came to the UK I did a degree in Economics but very quickly realized that I did not want to be a paperpusher@limitedcompany.com. I therefore did a post-graduate course in education and started working with teenagers in a secondary school - teaching statistics, IT and English as a foreign language. As much as I enjoyed this time I felt even more adventurous and wanted to try living abroad. The UK was an obvious choice due to the language and it being part of the EU.

My journey with Brookdale Care started in May 2007. To put it into context let me just say that it was the days when Tony Blair was still the Prime Minister and before Apple released the first iPhone! I must say that at that time I was not planning a career in healthcare and thought I was only going to do it temporarily.

I started as a Healthcare Assistant on a Learning Disability unit in Milton Park. At the beginning I only had a very basic awareness of Learning Disabilities, Autism or Mental Health that I got during my teacher training in Poland. However, before I set foot on the ward Brookdale put me through their induction courses delivered by specialists who work for the company which gave me more confidence and a better understanding of my role. I soon realized that the people that I support are individuals who have their own routines and likes or dislikes just like we all do. I was there to support them achieve their goals in a safe way. This often meant helping with everyday tasks like personal care or cooking but also participating in activities that I would perhaps do myself in my spare time like going to the cinema or to the swimming pool. I must admit there was also the challenging element when I had to support people through difficult times when they were distressed, unhappy or just in a bad mood. However, thanks to specialist training and support from my colleagues it did not deter me from the job. On the contrary, I soon got a chance to use my teaching qualification and additionally to my role on the unit I became a management of challenging behaviour instructor. I also got promoted to a more senior role in the team and gained more responsibilities in organising how things were done on the unit. As part of my development I prepared a presentation on the use of verbal de-escalation for which Brookdale rewarded me by putting me on a module in autism at University of Cumbria which I completed in 2010. I continued to work directly with patients until 2013. In the meantime, I moved to a different service and enjoyed supporting people in transitioning into the community and also got another promotion which made me accountable directly to the unit manager.

The biggest turn in my journey at Milton Park happened in 2013. I was asked to carry out an audit of management of challenging behaviour plans and I presented my report to senior managers. My work was recognized and soon an opportunity for a position in quality auditing came up. I did not hesitate for a moment as it was a great chance to put my earlier education in statistics or data analysis and by then six year experience in healthcare together. Nonetheless, this was a huge learning curve for me. Throughout the years I gained a working knowledge of mental health regulations and legislation but I was now in a position where I had to know things like CQC standards almost by heart. In the role of Clinical Quality Auditor I work closely with management and hear what information they require to improve the quality of the service. On the basis of reports that I write we improve policies, change templates, adjust staff training etc. I am really thrilled that my work can influence the standard of care that all  of our patients receive and although I don’t support them on daily basis I like to think that by working in the background I ensure they get the best possible experience during their stay at Milton Park. 

At the beginning of 2015 I took on board an additional role to quality auditing and became the Safeguarding Lead for Milton Park. I cannot express how proud I am that the company trusted me with such a responsibility.  It has been another learning curve for me and Brookdale invested in me by putting me on a master’s module in Safeguarding at University of Surrey. I still continue with auditing although I had to delegate some work to other professionals. However, I have even more influence on patients’ experience and I focus on making sure they feel safe and safeguarded from abuse. My biggest challenge is to ensure this happens in the least restrictive way so that people are still able to enjoy independence and positive risk taking. I achieve that by working closely with my colleagues in the MDT at Milton Park and also external specialist within the Police, Local Authority and the CQC. 

This is my journey with Brookdale to date. Started in 2007 as a healthcare assistant with no experience and six generations of iPhones later I am a Clinical Quality Auditor and Safeguarding Lead at Milton Park.
 
Fiona Joyner – Is currently Pathway House Manager
  • She started 26.04.10 - ACLW Trainee
  • Prior to this worked in admin/reception for Beds NHS
  • 2007-2009 She was a student nurse at Bedfordshire University
  • Promoted from ASCLW to ASC practitioner in 2012
  • Promoted to Senior ASCP in June 2012
  • Moved to residential care as Team Leader in May 2013
  • In July 2014 she became the Pathway House Manager
 
 

Nurse and Social Worker Placement

Are you looking for an elective placement? If so please contact the team at Milton Park to find out more. We have a variety of learning opportunities to offer and the chance to work with an Autism specialist Multi-Disciplinary Team. Please email us at studentplacements@brookdalecare.co.uk to find out more.

We have Learning Disability and Mental Health student nurses and student Social Workers on placement in Milton Park Therapeutic Campus.  We have practice assessors and nurse mentors to provide support and mentorship to students while they are here.  Milton Park is ideally suited to providing students with a variety of experience working in a specialist area with an experienced, enthusiastic and forward thinking team.
 
Milton Park provides a wide range of learning and practice opportunities for students including:
  • Direct work with service users
  • Experience working with adults with Autistic Spectrum Conditions, Mental Health Problems and Learning Disability
  • Work with multi disciplinary teams
  • Team working on the units
  • Liaising with families
  • Working with the Mental Health Act
  • Care planning


This is what students have said about their experience with us:

 
"This Placement has given me a very valuable experience and has greatly inspired me towards my career in Mental Health Nursing. It has considerably improved my skills and ideas of the nursing process and interventions in all aspects of a person’s health. Support from all levels of staff and the whole MDT have been particularly positive."

Carla, Student Mental Health Nurse
 

"Undertaking a placement at Milton Park Hospital provides an invaluable experience for anyone interested in social work with adults. As a social work student at Milton Park, I have been able to make direct links between the theoretical aspects of training at university with the practical implications within the workplace.
 
The opportunity to work with a wide range of professionals within the hospital greatly contributes to students' understanding of the importance of collaborative and inter-professional practice for the benefit of those receiving our services. Support workers, nurses, doctors, psychologists and speech and language therapists are among the range of professionals I have been able to work with and learn from here.
 
The direct daily interaction I have with patients is crucial for my understanding of their needs, which can be complex, and it is rewarding to be able to build rapport with the individuals I work with. I am now taking on specific tasks where I am able to make a difference to the patients' daily experiences within Milton Park and promote their independence.
 
The placement provides a great opportunity to learn about the legislative framework, for instance, how the Mental Health Act underpins the daily work of all staff within the hospital. I am also learning a great deal about a range of person-centred therapeutic approaches which work best for adults with autism / mental health conditions. Milton Park Hospital is a welcoming place, where the staff are extremely supportive towards the service users and one-another and I feel privileged to be a part of the team."


Alina Bershadski, Social work student

 
If you are interested in a student placement at Milton Park Therapeutic Campus please contact Victoria Hulstrom.  


 
The practice nurse is a registered general nurse and she works to support the mental health nurses and the learning disability nurses to ensure that all aspects of care are covered. To maintain those physical health needs are protected and cared for and not lost behind the mental health and learning disability presentation.
Victoria Hulstrom, Deputy Manager RNLD, Milton Park Therapeutic Campus