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“Everything here is fantastic”

Established in 2019, Affinity Trust’s Specialist Support division already supports people with complex needs in seven locations in Batley, Buckingham, Ellesmere Port, Leicestershire and Sheffield.

The division helps deliver NHS England’s Transforming Care programme, which aims to ensure that more people with complex needs can live in the community, with the right support, and close to home.

Richard Tellam-Clark, Director of Specialist Support, explains: “The aim of specialist support is to transition people from a hospital setting or a similar institution into their own home.

“So you have people with autism, a learning disability, a mental health diagnosis, those people who are ready to move on from hospital and be provided with specialist accommodation in the community. People get their life choices and their independence back.”

Successful moves out of hospital demand attention to detail every step of the way: from assessment, through sourcing the most suitable accommodation, to ongoing support. Affinity Trust aims for sustainable placements that avoid people having to return to inpatient settings.

Understanding

Specialist accommodation is often new and purpose-built, with design features like underfloor heating, assistive technologies, curved internal walls, dual exits from each room and large living spaces. Affinity Trust opened its own such accommodation in Leicestershire in June 2021.

This specialist support work is underpinned by Positive Behaviour Support, which means staff develop an evidence-based and detailed understanding of people’s behaviour, and use proactive strategies to reduce that behaviour within a least restrictive environment.

Staff also have access to expert advice from the in-house clinical team. Together they help ensure that our specialist support is person-centred and focused on outcomes.

Affinity Trust works closely with commissioners, health professionals, families and individuals to achieve successful transitions. This multi-disciplinary teamworking extends to its everyday support.

Those sentiments are echoed by Gavin, who is supported by Affinity Trust in his home in Buckingham: “Where I was before, I couldn’t go out as much as I wanted to. But here…I can put my own gas fire on when I want to, watch TV when I want to, fall asleep in a chair if I want to…everything here is fantastic. It really is.”

At the end of September 2021, there were still 2,085 people in specialist hospitals in England. Over half had been there for over two years.

Contact us

Contact us

Head Office

Head Office
1 St. Andrew's Court, Wellington Street, Thame, Oxfordshire OX9 3WT View Map
T: 01844 267800 F: 01844 267829 E: info@affinitytrust.org

Central England

Central - Divisional Office
109 Boston Road, Beaumont Leys, Leicester, LE4 1AW View Map
T: 0116 236 3793 F: 0345 643 7094 E: infocentral@affinitytrust.org
Sheffield office
157-163 Sheffield Road, Killamarsh, Sheffield S21 1DY View Map
T: 0114 276 4980 E: infocentral@affinitytrust.org

East England

East - Divisional Office
U18, South Fens Business Centre, Fenton Way, Chatteris, Cambridgeshire PE16 6TT View Map
T: 01354 696009 F: 08456 437521 E: infoeast@affinitytrust.org
Suffolk Office
Office 3, Wharfside House, Prentice Road, Stowmarket, Suffolk IP14 1RD View Map
T: 01449 774030 E: infoeastanglia@affinitytrust.org

North England

North - Divisional Office
Unit 9 Parkview Court, St Paul's Road, Shipley, West Yorkshire, BD18 3DX View Map
T: 01274 533553 E: infoshipley@affinitytrust.org

Positive Behaviour Support for children, young people and their families

Positive Behaviour Support
1 St. Andrew's Court Wellington Street, Thame, Oxfordshire, OX9 3WT View Map
T: 07341 478228 E: paultaylor@affinitytrust.org

Scotland

Scotland - Divisional Office
62 Viewfield Road, Ayr KA8 8HH View Map
T: 01292 436030 E: infoscotland@affinitytrust.org
Oban Office
First Floor, Glenshellach House, 7e Glengallan Road, Oban, PA34 4HG View Map
T: 01631 571311 F: 01631 566708 / 0872 111 4616 E: infoscotland@affinitytrust.org
Aberdeen Office
87a Urquhart Road, Aberdeen, AB24 5ND View Map
T: 01224 039264 E: infoscotland@affinitytrust.org
Isle of Bute Office
18 East Princes Street, Rothesay, Isle of Bute PA20 9DL View Map
T: 01700 500376 E: infoscotland@affinitytrust.org
Irvine office
Suites 2/1 and 2/2, Landek House, 44-46 Bank Street, Irvine KA12 0LP View Map
T: 01294 446600 E: infoscotland@affinitytrust.org

South England

South - Divisional Office
Suites 53-55, Aldershot Enterprise Centre, Mandora House, Aldershot, Hampshire, GU11 2PW View Map
T: 01252 311188 F: 01252 311170 E: infosouth@affinitytrust.org
Oxford Office
Office 4, Hampden House, Monument Park, Chalgrove, Oxfordshire OX44 7RW View Map
T: 01865 893269 E: infosouth@affinitytrust.org
Somerset Office
Mendip Court, Bath Road, Wells, Somerset BA5 3DG View Map
T: 01749 605594 E: infosouth@affinitytrust.org

South East England

South East - Divisional Office
Suite 2+3, Henwood Pavilion, Henwood, Ashford, Kent, TN24 8DH View Map
T: 01233 665324 E: infosoutheast@affinitytrust.org
East Sussex Office
Units 31-32, Castleham Business Centre East, Stirling Road, St Leonards On Sea, East Sussex, TN38 9NP View Map
T: 01424 853390 F: 0845 643 7300 E: infosoutheast@affinitytrust.org

Specialist Support

Specialist Support
Head Office, 1 St Andrew's Court, Wellington Street, Thame View Map
T: 01844 267800 F: 01844 267049 E: info@affinitytrust.org