Julie Simpson has been appointed registered manager at Ledbury’s Acquired Brain Injury Service, Market Lodge.

Julie, or Juls as she prefers to be called, previously the Deputy Manager, will now take the lead in the delivery of specialist care and keep residents safe and well, white maintaining the home’s Headway Accreditation.

Julie said: “I’m delighted to be stepping up to Registered Manager for Market Lodge. I am very passionate about providing an outstanding level of care to our residents and family members. I try to bring an element of fun to Market lodge for both residents and staff as I think we are much better at what we do if we enjoy it."

Juls qualified as a mental health nurse in 1996 after training in Hereford in the very first cohort of Project 2000 nurses. The project was developed to train nurses to manage as well as to be clinicians.

After qualifying she swayed between forensic and challenging behaviour within dementia and worked in a series of settings such as in patient, crisis intervention, judicial system and community. Juls took up a position in a day centre in Wolverhampton which was part of a pilot project that housed health and social care under one roof.  Juls said: ‘It was amazing to watch such a wonderful service develop and be part of something new and exciting – a bit like how I feel about Market Lodge today!

With a wealth of knowledge about brain injuries and the different types of illnesses and presentation, Juls believes that challenging behaviour is an unmet need and at Market Lodge encouraged the team to work hard to reflect on what they could do differently, rather than focusing on any resident behaviour. By shifting that focus, staff recognise the thoughts and feelings behind resident actions and it really enhances their practice.

We wish you all the luck in your new role Juls!

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