Our History & Our Future

The Jaffray Care Learning Disability Services were originally part of the NHS – North Birmingham Health Authority and opened its doors on the 18th February 1991.  It was built in response to The Community Care Act 1990, that’s aim at the time was to close long-stay hospitals and move people with learning difficulties into supported community based services. The new service consisted of a 4 purpose built bungalows (now called Lime Court) and a Resource Centre for members of the multi-disciplinary LD community team. The original site of Jaffray Hospital now Lime Court. Jaffray Crescent and later Jaffray Nursing Home were named after Sir John Jaffray, 1st Baronet (11 October 1818 – 4 January 1901) who was a Scottish journalist and newspaper proprietor.  He later founded the Birmingham Post.  Sir John Jaffray became a well-known public figure in Birmingham and spent all his life involved with literary, educational, charitable and public events.  He had the original Jaffray Hospital in Erdington built at his own expense.  The hospital was used as a geriatric and convalescent unit for the General Hospital from the 1950’s until its closure in 1991.  It was finally demolished in 1995 leaving behind the newly built Jaffray Nursing Home and Resource Centre to continue the legacy. In 1993, Jaffray Care became a registered charity, allowing the service to open its doors to other funding streams and beds to be available to people living outside of Birmingham who wished to return.  Gradually the nursing and residential facilities developed and expanded and today Jaffray Care provides a diverse range of person centred services and care pathways for many individuals across the West Midlands.  Today, Jaffray Care is seen as a leading West Midlands Charity whose focus is modern and progressive in the field of disabilities and complex health care needs.  This is reflected by winning various national awards in recognition of the Charities achievements. Along with providing care our professional staff also encompass contemporary debate/s and developments in research, policy and practice that are relevant to the field of health and social care.  These include;

  • Current trends in residential and day-care service
  • Inclusion, rehabilitation and quality of life
  • Education and training
  • Historical and inclusive
  • Therapies
  • Mental health issues
  • Employment and occupation
  • Recreation and leisure;
  • Ethical issues, advocacy and rights
  • Family and carers
  • Health issues
  • Causation and management of specific syndromes
  • Staff training
  • New technology
  • Policy critique and impact

The Future – Jaffray Care will continue to be part of a catalyst for change in the future.  Continuing to work with other organisations, individuals, advocates, families and professionals we will seek to develop practice that will make change happen in people’s lives and provide them with personalised services that enrich and enhance. Our Future.     To make a referral or find out about the availability of our accommodation and services, please contact us on  0121 377 2420  or  info@jaffraycare.com