Priory Adult Care is committed to ensuring the best outcomes for the people we support. With our specialist care, we help people with learning disabilities, autism and other needs, to lead active and fulfilling lives.
Placements are currently available across our residential support and supported living services in the UK.
Introducing Michelle Widjaew
Our robust and effective approach is supported by our assessment and transition director for complex autism, Michelle Widjaew. Michelle oversees the placement of individuals with complex autism, ensuring their stability and success. She is dedicated to enabling the people we care for to achieve their goals and live their life to its full potential.
Throughout her career, Michelle has worked in the social care sector and has extensive experience in supporting people with autism and complex behavioural needs. This includes helping adults to successfully move into the community from hospital settings. Michelle has almost 20 years of management experience and she has been a registered manager for a number of specialist residential services, including a service rated as outstanding by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
Michelle is a qualified social worker and has achieved a Master of Education (Med) in Autism. She is also currently working towards her Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) Level 5 qualification. She is passionate about offering the highest standards of person-centred support and is proud of the positive outcomes achieved at Priory Adult Care.
Successful transitions at Priory Adult Care
As assessment and transition director for complex autism, Michelle ensures that the management teams at each of our specialist residential services have all they need to support people with complex needs effectively. She works with them to carefully plan each person’s transition into their new home and to ensure that this is as smooth and comfortable as possible for them. Michelle also trains and develops staff so that they have all the required knowledge of each person and how best to support them.
Michelle’s work with each team is ongoing in order to ensure that each individual in our care receives the specialist support they need to achieve their goals and lead the life they choose. In her role, she draws upon the experience and expertise within Priory Adult Care in areas such as PBS. We are proud that our thorough and methodical approach results in placement stability and success.
Introducing Jamie Warrender
Jamie Warrender has worked in social care for 15 years, during which time he has worked for Priory in the Adult Care specialist services division, supporting people with complex autism and behavioural support needs. In 2014, Jamie was appointed dual site registered manager with Priory Adult Care, with one of his services achieving an outstanding CQC rating in all five domains, over two consecutive inspections. Jamie has invaluable experience in quality improvement projects, site turnaround and interventions, and success in supporting complex autistic adults experiencing crisis and emergency placement breakdowns.
Jamie is passionate about leadership and in his role as assessment and transition director, he is committed to collaboratively working and supporting our service managers, teams and multidisciplinary team (MDT) professionals to provide outstanding person-centred support and quality of care to the people accessing our services. Jamie also works cross-divisionally with Priory Healthcare to develop pathways for individuals with autism and support their transition to our Adult Care and supported living services from our hospitals.
Within the role as assessment and transition director for complex autism (south), Jamie supports our service management teams with information gathering during the referral and assessment process, implementation of transition plans to ensure readiness of sites, and working collaboratively with other support professionals and expertise within Priory Adult Care. This includes PBS resources and service development teams. Jamie’s role is to support managers and staff teams, to ensure they have the appropriate skills and knowledge to support complex placements and ensure the sustainability of those placements within our specialist residential services.
Placements are available
Placements are currently available in our specialist residential and supported living services across the UK. Take a look at our latest bed availability here, or please contact us on 0808 208 2147. Alternatively, you can complete our short enquiry form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.