Acrefield House

Learning Disabilities Service

Service overview

Acrefield is a residential home for people living with a learning disability. Individuals are supported to enhance their living skills in readiness for more independent living.

Acrefield promotes independence and choice through person centred care and risk management strategies.

Admission Criteria

Acrefield supports:

  • Males or females aged 18 yrs + who have a diagnosis of a learning disability, some of whom may also have physical disabilities.
  • May have additional complex needs including autism.
  • Admission is primarily based upon an initial 12 week assessment period.

Philosophy of care

Philosophically, we believe in understanding the needs of the individual through robust assessment in order to provide person centred support to enable individuals to lead fulfilling lives as part of their local community.

We do this through:

  • Psychologically informed environments that encourage staff to reflect on practice and how to support the individual.
  • Person centred plans to develop positive behaviour support, enabling individuals to maintain and develop skills leading to greater independence.
  • Providing services that represent good value for money by demonstrating measurable, effective outcomes and progression.
  • Ensuring our colleagues have opportunities for tailored training and development to meet individual needs.
  • Ensuring that compliance and audit systems support service delivery and constantly drive improvement and embed quality in everything we do.
  • We work with a wide range of stakeholders to meet the needs of the individuals needs.

The support delivered

Acrefield adopts active support, person centred planning (PCP) and positive behavioural support (PBS) methods to promote and empower individuals to make decisions and achieve fulfilling and rewarding lives.

By working together, we develop pathways that enable individuals to achieve positive outcomes. Likewise, we work together with families and carers, so they are always fully involved in their loved one’s care whilst at Acrefield. Risk strategies are implemented to safely manage potential risks and to provide the least restrictive support in an inclusive and empowering way.

The service offers a real sense of ‘home’ in which residents are encouraged to take an active role and have their say in day to day operation. In addition to in-house activities the home promotes community focused opportunities which offer choice, decision making and social interaction. This includes going on local outings or holidays,fishing, swimming, cinema and picnics to name a few. Individual interests and hobbies are supported and facilitated.


  • 12 bedrooms
  • Ceiling track hoist in 2 bedrooms
  • Ground floor wheelchair access
  • Offers a homely environment
  • Walk in shower room with shower bed
  • Landscaped garden which includes outside seating
  • Conservatory
  • Activity area

The surrounding area

Prenton, a suburb of Birkenhead, Is situated on the Wirral Peninsula. The region has an abundance of picturesque villages, sandy beaches and views across two estuaries and Irish Sea. In addition to local amenities, Birkenhead offers a variety of must see attractions and landmarks which include Birkenhead Park (the world’s first public park), Hamilton Square which has the most grade 1 listed buildings outside of London and a market with 300 indoor and outdoor stalls.

For those who might like to catch a ‘ferry ‘cross the Mersey’, there is a ferry terminal in Birkenhead where they operate daily ferries to and from Liverpool.

Registered Manager

Karl Dickin, Registered Manager

Karl has over 9 years experience managing residential services for adults with acquired brain injuries, severely challenging behaviour, complex epilepsy and other additional needs. He also has experience in supporting individuals with autism, learning disabilities and mental health disorders.

Karl has a level 4 in health and social care, a master level instructor qualification in MAPA and a BSC (HONS) degree in behaviour analysis  and intervention. Karl joined Acrefield in 2018.

  • Summary

    • 12 single occupancy bedrooms
    • Age 18+
    • Mixed gender service
    • Moderate to severe learning disability
    • Homely environment
    • Located in the heart of the community
    • Wheelchair Access on ground floor
    • Easy access to local amenities and transport

    2 Acrefield Road, Birkenhead, CH42 8LD

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