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Fieldhouse Ellis Associates 

Nikola Fieldhouse and Charles Ellis of Fieldhouse Ellis Associates (FEA) have consolidated their skills, professional practice and experience to deliver a first class service to public sector organisations and businesses providing advice and training on a wide range of issues associated with disability and accessibility.

FEA acknowledges we all come from different perspectives and specialisms and we should value and celebrate our expert knowledge by working together in a collaborative and integrated approach.

Nikola Fieldhouse is a Dual Sensory Specialist and Founder of Fieldhouse Accessibility and Communication Services (FACS) Ltd; a Training and Consultancy Company based in Brighton and the South East.

Nikola comes from a Health and Social Care background specialising in accessibility, communication and mobility issues for people within the diversity and broad definition of Deafblindness, including those with age-related dual sensory loss, additional disabilities and complex needs

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Charles started working in the NHS in 1982 and became a director of service planning in 1995 for a large acute hospital. He then became the director of planning, estate, facilities and IT for a combined acute and community provider. In 2005 Charles took early retirement as a result of multiple sclerosis and set up his own business in access consultancy and general management consultancy. Charles also became heavily involved in the voluntary sector and chaired the Hastings and Rother disability forum between 2009 and 2011. Charles is a committee member of the local MS society

One of FEA’s previous projects together was on the Design Appraisal of the Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals 3T’s (Teaching, Tertiary and Trauma) Redevelopment, a  £400 million project to expand and modernise the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton, andstrengthen its role as the regional teaching hospital. The design appraisal culminated with the workshop that involved voluntary organisations from Brighton and Hove.

Central to FEA’s aim is to effectively ensure your services, facilities and premises are not just accessible and welcoming for disabled people, but to help you create environments that become meaningful experiences for all, thereby

Maximising their potential for participation, engagement, openness and ease of use.

Fieldhouse Ellis Associates provide a One Day Training Workshop:

“How to Create Meaningful and Accessible Environments for All”

This is a One Day Training and Awareness workshop that combines shared knowledge and expertise to address both physical and communicative barriers to Accessible Environments.  Each module will identify and recognise the range of features that form barriers for people with a range of disabilities

It includes modules relating to disability and disability models, legislation/equality acts, inclusive designs, access issues and auditing, good practice guidelines, sensory/communication barriers, impacts and challenges.

The afternoon Communication Workshops explore impacts of loss and change and how to support staff to identify range of people with deafblind people and enhance their skills, awareness and confidence to use effective communication strategies, understanding that the quality of their communication relationships can impact on interaction and intervention

For more information on this please contact Nikola Fieldhouse or Charles Ellis on:              info@facs-ltd.co.uk 

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