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About The OakLeaf Group

Oakleaf Care (Hartwell) Ltd (trading as The OakLeaf Group) was founded in 2004 by Ian Mosley, a Registered Nurse (RNLD) with extensive experience of working in Brain Injury Rehabilitation services. In 2016 the Oakleaf Group was acquired by CareTech, a publically owned organisation, to enhance their extensive range of specialist healthcare services to adults, young people and children throughout the UK. 

The first service opened in 2005 in the picturesque village location of Hartwell just outside Northampton. Hilltop House was the original service set in 8 acres of beautiful gardens and outdoor therapy spaces and is still operating today as part of the specialised assessment and rehabilitation service.

The service that was delivered to the first group of residents was based around a sessional day, getting to know each resident well before providing structured activities the residents were motivated by.

The therapy and care that was provided to this first group of men produced some surprising and unexpected therapy gains and this led to the service developing into the active assessment and rehabilitation service that continues to be operated today.

The skills and expertise of the staff group enabled the team to build a specialised service that could support people whose needs could be challenging in more traditional settings. Complex and challenging behaviours and complex physical presentations are the main needs of people admitted to the most acute service today.

Three new services were built on the same site as Hilltop House as services proved to be popular; The Lodge, Cunningham House and Orchard House. Together they form part of the acute assessment and rehabilitation services at Hartwell. The Lodge provides a four bed service for men with more complex needs requiring a smaller and more focussed team whilst Cunningham House provides a single-storey environment with lots of natural light and space, ideal for residents with a physical disability.  Orchard House is the newest facility also providing a single-storey environment, lots of space and had the added benefits of a bespoke Snoezelen and Sports Hall.

AboutThe Hartwell services needed a pathway for people to move on to before they were discharged home. Five houses in residential areas of Northamptonshire were added to the service portfolio. The Community Houses provide a different focus and are supported by a dedicated Therapy Team. These Community Houses are based in local communities where access to facilities and services is much easier. The environments enable residents to test out their skills and capabilities prior to being discharged to a less structured living environment (including home to family, home with a care package, independent living or another residential service).

The Oakleaf Group provide graded discharge programmes where the Therapy Team work with the person in their own home towards the end of their placement to ensure they are safe and well-supported when they are discharged. It is possible for people to remain in the Community Houses longer term if the service meets their needs.

The Cotswolds service was added in 2013 as it was recognised that there was still a need for a long term service. The Cotswolds provides Long Term/Maintenance packages for those men who have reached a plateau with their rehabilitation and no longer need the active rehabilitation programme every day. However, these men are unable to return home and need the specialist support and knowledge of staff who are experienced in working with people with a brain injury. This service continues to provide lots of structure and activity but focuses on quality-of-life.

The Oakleaf Group provide End-of-Life Care and Respite packages at this location as well as on the main Hartwell site if appropriate.

The range of services provided by The OakLeaf Group today are an extension of the original vision and form a pathway of care:

  • Assessment and Active Rehabilitation
  • Continued Rehabilitation
  • Community Rehabilitation
  • Long Term/Maintenance packages
  • End-of-life Care Packages
  • Respite Care

The overarching values and philosophy of the service remain as strong today as when the business first started; to help people maximise their potential through individually designed packages of care which seek to increase independence and quality of life.

For more information about the services The Oakleaf Group provide today, please go to Services & Packages