Jaffray Care celebrates its 30th anniversary

Published by Will Dodds on September 25th 2021, 10:00am

Founded in 1991, Jaffray Care Learning Disability Services was originally part of the NHS when it was opened by the North Birmingham Health Authority in response to 1990 Community Care Act.

With the plan initially focused around closing long-stay hospitals, people with learning disabilities were moved into supported community-based services, which included four purpose-built bungalows, now known as Lime Court.

Jaffray Crescent, later called Jaffray Nursing Home, was named after Sir John Jaffray, a Scottish journalist who founded the Birmingham Post. Jaffray Hospital, which he also helped build, was demolished in 1995, two years after Jaffray Care become a registered charity.

This step allowed the service to open up more widely, offering its bed to people living outside of Birmingham, while also broadening its ability to secure funding.

This enabled Jaffray Care to develop its nursing and residential facilities, and it now offers a diverse range of person-centric services as a result.

Now viewed as a leading charity within the West Midlands, it has earned national recognition with numerous awards.

Jaffray has a progressive focus in the field of disabilities and complex health care needs, with a professional staff team that carefully monitors developments in research, policy and practice.

Looking ahead and Jaffray Care wants to maintains its reputation as an organisation that is forward thinking, acting as an advocate for services that truly improve and enrich the lives of the people it cares for.

"It has always been our mission to be compassionate and sensitive to the needs of service users who have a range of psychological, developmental and complex health care needs," CEO Lee Hendon wrote in a recent edition of The Parliamentary Review.

"We create a person-centred environment where staff understand that their job is to support people in their own homes."

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September 25th 2021, 10:00am

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