Modern, Light and Functional Apartments specifically designed for Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) clients with a specialist neuro rehab multi-disciplinary team and a 24/7 onsite care team. All staff are expertly trained in challenging behaviour for slow stream rehabilitation of ABI and neuro trauma clients; the breath of fresh air that can change lives and advance upon the limited provisions currently available.
Welcome to Breathe!
We live and Breathe everything ABI. Our Clinical Director, Amanda Swain, who has over 30 years’ experience within ABI delivers our in-house staff training, development and carefully crafts the clients’ care plans, resulting in the best possible outcomes for our clients and care team.
We also offer an Independent Living Trial (ILT), which provides the client opportunity to experience living independently and enable our specialist team to assess their needs. In the context of litigation, ILTs provide evidence to assist the court in evaluating the needs of the injured client. Breathe will provide the complete package of assessment, placement, support and reports thus avoiding the complex arrangements which are often involved in organising an ILT.
Breathe – is more than just a care provider, is more than a general house builder, and is more than an HMO landlord. This unique approach can genuinely Breathe new life into the ABI community.
Our expertise comes from our leadership and creates a clear pathway for all our people, clients and staff: they all have a journey to make whilst they are with us.
Our colleagues are encouraged to breathe our ethos and our extensive knowledge of change management and leadership development allows us to continually grow together.
We work with our resident clients to assist them to continually develop and grow; aspirations and personal goals guide our programmes of care
Our property development and building expertise comes from over 85 projects designed, implemented, and managed by us.
Our combined knowledge of construction and design together with a clear understanding of project viability studies, our commercial development and leadership qualities, and our ability to build long lasting teams, provides an excellent foundation for our strategy to give people choices to live independently, in our apartments with individually tailored support.
With a decade of experience in the transitioning and support of individuals moving to supported living and the facilitation to living as independent a life as possible in communities, we can help support people with the necessary pre-move assessments and costings to address needs that with continuing rehabilitation and daily 24/7 support will increase or maintain independence in our high quality apartment units.
Amanda has 30 years’ experience in Acquired Brain Injury and is very much a leader in this specialised area of provision, she has set up and turned around ABI and Neurological services in the private and public sectors.
Amanda continues to work at National levels as adviser to the All-Party Parliamentary Group for ABI, as the EDI champion and longest serving Trustee for The National Neurological Alliance, she is also on the National Neurological Advisory Group to NHSE, and has been Trustee of UKABIF and Vice Chair for 9 years. She continues to give clinical cover to her NHS Community Neurorehabilitation service covering Cambridgeshire, and privately. She also qualified as a Master in Health Law in 2003, making her the first clinician to hold a dual qualification in Health and Law.
Dr Melanie Stevens, is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and has worked in psychological practice for over 19 years. She completed her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 2006 and a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Neuropsychology in 2012. Dr Stevens has worked in the NHS, Independent sector and MoD. Her work experiences cover the neurological conditions pathway; inpatient acute units, outpatient departments and rehabilitation services.
Dr Stevens has extensive experience in the assessment and treatment of complex psychological difficulties and neuropsychological issues. This includes assessments of mental capacity and cognitive assessments and rehabilitation programmes for adjustment to life changing injuries. Dr Stevens’ Medicolegal work includes the assessment and reports for presentation at court.
Dr Stevens has specialised in the emotional adjustment and the neurobehavioral therapies that people with an ABI can have. Dr Stevens and our Clinical Director, Amanda Swain, have worked together over the last 8 years and specialise in developing neurobehavioral rehabilitation programmes for people with behaviour that is limiting their opportunities to move forward and achieve their goals.
Dr Stevens continues to be involved in training and teaches on the doctorate program at Birmingham University.
Stefan carries the design and creativity forward. His career is a testament to his energy, drive and ambition. Hailing from a family of well-esteemed property professionals he has bolstered this tradition by founding his own companies in Architectural design, property development and investment.
Stefan’s career started after achieving a 1st class honours degree, followed by being awarded ‘The most enterprising student of 2003’ by STEP. Stefan has a hands-on relentless work ethic, combined with an outstanding knowledge of construction and design, together with a clear understanding of project viability studies, giving an excellent foundation to be at the forefront of Breathe Care & Living’s developments.
Zafir brings over a decade of experience in transitioning and supporting individuals from secure settings through to supported living and, ultimately, independent living in the community. His vast experience incorporates the detail and attention that is required to help our residents on their journey and his ability to pre-empt the heightened anxieties and strains associated with these changes are a huge asset to Breathe.
His knowledge in recruitment and human resources and his front-line experience brings a critical awareness to our colleagues when our residents start, and continue, on their combined pathway.
Having gained over 37 years of significant and progressive experience within the public sector over the course of her career, Carolyn’s role is crucial to Breathe Care & Living; our unique Hope Pathway has been developed by her vast knowledge in mental health and supported living.
With her broad-based wisdom across diverse sectors and specialist executive experience in healthcare and social care, as well as her experience and knowledge of leadership in top teams, we are in safe hands. Carolyn is also a well-known speaker around care policies and governance within many forums around up and down the country.
Stephen has strong leadership qualities and is highly adept at building and managing teams. For the last two decades he has been managing director in a successful commercial development company which has had large involvement in refurbishments for the likes of The Belfry Golf & Spa, Coca Cola and many care and educational institutions. His acute networking skills enable him to identify and draw out the best in people; using their skills to get the job done.
Stephen’s focus is on developing the best care within the best living environments to suit our residents’ profiles. Each Board and Team member is Stephen’s number one priority and his encouragement and management ensures that each colleague delivers their very best. He brings the key strengths of organisation and management of supply partners, forming partnerships with joint venture investors, raising investment capital and acquisitions.
A highly experienced Director and Chairman with large success in delivering training, mentoring and strategic planning in premium customer, hospitality and commercial operations both in the UK and Internationally.
André has 15 years public sector direct budget responsibility for, in excess, of £150m annual division spend, with circa 1,000 direct and indirect reports. He has collectively been responsible for £1bn of public funding. André’s strategic planning and operational control bring a hands-on worker who is able to multi-task and bring together great teams, in all environments.
Under his belt are 30 years Government, Economic Development, Education and Charitable Trust responsibilities. André Launched and delivered the Sino – British Trade & Enterprise multi-nation agreement and developed the British Enterprise Partnership connecting and maximizing Commercial and Charitable operations throughout the UK. André has also spearheaded key infrastructure and digital connectivity projects.