QEF Independent Living Services gets full marks from Care Quality Commission

QEF’s Independent Living Services at Dorincourt was recently inspected by the Care Quality Commission and passed in all areas, to achieve a full house of the green ticks which mean everything is as it should be.

You can see the full results of the inspection and download it or read it online by clicking here.

July 27th, 2015

QEF ILS residents get animating!

Residents at QEF’s Independent Living Services at Dorincourt have been getting creative and making animated films




July 22nd, 2015

QEF’s 80th anniversary celebrations with Alan Titchmarsh

To celebrate 80 years since Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, then HRH The Duchess of York, opened the training college that was to become Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People, QEF held a special celebration dinner at Painshill Park with guest speaker Alan Titchmarsh.


July 10th, 2015

QEF’s theraputic garden wins gold medal and ‘Best Summer Garden’ at RHS Hampton Court Flower Show

July 1st, 2015

Press information for QEF garden at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

This is the press and media information for QEF’s show garden at RHS Hampton Court. For further information, please contact QEF’s press officer, Alistair Pulling at pr@qef.org.uk - 01372 841 239.

Images and video can be downloaded from Dropbox by clicking here - QEF RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2015 – a different point of view - this will be updated with new images and video interviews throughout the show. Unless otherwise indicated, images are copyright QEF but may be used in any coverage so long as QEF is referenced.

Follow @QEFpressofficer on Twitter for regular updates, more images and Vine videos

The RHS page for this garden can be found by clicking here 

Garden Title: A Different Point of View

Zone location: Inspire Zone

Site number: IN/577

Garden category: Summer

Designer: Juliet Hutt

Key points:

  • ‘A Different Point of View’ is sponsored by Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People (QEF) and is QEF’s second garden at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, after the success of the award-winning ‘Garden for Joy’ which has been rebuilt at QEF’s Independent Living Services centre in Leatherhead
  • QEF is celebrating its 80th anniversary in 2015 and the garden is part of the celebrations, representing the life changing work that QEF undertakes
  • The garden has been designed by Juliet Hutt of Charlotte Rowe and is her first solo show garden
  • After the show, the garden will be moved to QEF’s new specialist Care and Rehabilitation Centre, where it will be used by clients as part of the therapeutic process
  • The garden is inspired by the continuing need to look at life in new ways by people who are undergoing neurorehabilitation after brain injury.
Garden description:
The garden’s peaceful space encourages individuals to take time out to listen and understand what matters to them as well as seeking creative ways to look at challenges in their life in a new way. This quiet, reflective space is partly enclosed by soft hornbeam hedging, which provides a green backdrop for large, tinted and aged mirrors. The mirrors push out of the hedges into the garden. They reflect both the internal space of the garden, the trees, and planting, and the visitors looking in from outside. Three multi-stemmed trees provide dappled shade with ferns and shade-loving perennials positioned behind and creating rich shadows and reflections.

Designer Biography:

Juliet Hutt 

After a first degree in Fine Art, Juliet went on to study for a Masters in Landscape Architecture at Sheffield University, graduating in 2009. Working for a large London Architectural practice for the first two years after graduation, Juliet got the chance to work on several high profile public projects before moving towards the more intimate scale of garden design.

In the last three years Juliet has worked on over thirty gardens, first for Myles Baldwin in Sydney, and currently for Charlotte Rowe in London for whom she helped design ABF’s No Man’s Land garden at Chelsea Flower Show 2014. Juliet has designed gardens in London, Bahrain, Sydney, Tasmania, the Blue Mountains, Hampshire and Surrey, as well as working on parts of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Quote from Dr Julian Harriss, QEF’s medical director, on the therapeutic benefits:

“A garden is a calm, beautiful place where we can reflect on our own abilities, and enjoy observing others performing familiar purposeful tasks – planting, watering, pruning. At QEF we have changed the way we deliver specialist rehab therapies, as we have come to understand the role of “mirror neurons” in learning and re-learning skills such as these.  We now appreciate how important it is for us to watch, consider, and contemplate what others do around us.  In this way, our brains are constantly busy  studying, rehearsing, and mimicking  everyone around us, so that we can instantly interact as only social animals like humans can do.  We now understand how important it is for our clients to start therapy as soon as possible, because even if it seems that they are just sitting quietly in the garden, there is a cascade of recovery going on inside.” 

About the design:

The planting is predominantly green, with small accents of colour, to feel natural with a focus on texture. Grasses, ferns and tall perennials have been chosen to move in the breeze. They will create reflections and shadows which will continuously change as the sun moves around the garden. All elements of the garden will be reused and the plants are predominantly native British species, to provide a rich habitat for wildlife once the garden is relocated to its setting at QEF’s new specialist Care and Rehabilitation Centre.

The garden is a quiet, reflective space. It is partially enclosed by soft feeling hornbeam hedges which give a green backdrop for large, tinted, aged mirrors. The mirrors are set at angles to reflect the internal space of the garden, trees and planting, and visitors looking in from outside. Multi-stemmed trees give a dappled shade and sit amongst mounded planting, which flows into sinuous gravel paths. Ferns and shade loving perennials sit behind the trees to create rich shadows and reflections against the hedging and mirrors. It is a peaceful space, and one that is constantly changing with the light, reflections and viewpoint. Stepping into the garden should feel like entering a quiet woodland edge. 



June 25th, 2015

Malaysian VIPs come to Dorincourt to learn more about QEF Independent Living Services

QEF Independent Living Services at Dorincourt recently hosted a visit of VIPs from the Malaysian government who were interested in finding out more about services for people with disabilities.

Dato’ Sri Rohani Abdul Karim, the Malaysian Minister of Women, Family and Community Development was given a tour of Dorincourt by Julie Tugwell, the registered services manager at ILS, and Bobby, one of the residents who lives in the Group Home at Dorincourt, who takes pride in welcoming visitors and acting at ambassador.

The minister and delegation from Malaysia also spent time talking in depth with managers at Dorincourt, to learn more about QEF’s services, before presenting a gift hamper for the residents, which they were very grateful for!

June 12th, 2015

QEF's 'A Different Point of View' at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2015

Tuesday June 30, 2015 – Sunday July 5, 2015

Hampton Court Palace

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At this year’s RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People will be presenting ‘A Different Point of View’, a summer garden designed by Juliet Hutt.

The garden is inspired by  the continuing need for people with acquired brain injuries to look at the problems and issues they face in new ways. Unusually for a show garden, it was planned with a long-term future in mind, and we plan to transport it to a QEF centre after the show.

A Different Point of View follows on from the success of our award winning Garden for Joy at the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show 2013 and its subsequent transportation to Dorincourt, where QEF Independent Living Services resides.

This year the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show is on from 30 June to 5 July.

You can find out more about QEF’s A Different Point of View and book tickets to the show on the RHS website here:




June 10th, 2015

Stakeholders convene at QEF to discuss the future of Headley Court

A meeting to discuss the future of Headley Court was recently held at Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People (QEF). Instigated by Rob Douglas CBE DL, chairman of the Board of Trustees of QEF who also served as High Sheriff of Surrey, and co-chaired by Yvonne Rees, CEO of Mole Valley District Council and Director of Surrey County Council, the gathering included representatives from the Headley Court Trust, Headley Parish Council, Mole Valley District Council, Surrey County Council, as well as rehabilitation medicine specialists, other local charities, and private equity firms.
The meeting sought to establish the facts of the current situation, and medium term outlook for Headley Court, in the light of the MOD’s decision to relocate the Defence Military Rehabilitation Centre to the Midlands in 2018. This included laying out the detailed terms of the planning consent that exists for temporary buildings on the site, as well as confirming the facilities and equipment that would remain once the DMRC relocated.
Discussion then moved to options for keeping Headley Court as a rehabilitation facility, to take advantage of the highly valuable pool of civilian expertise that the centre has built up in the region. Options for turning the site into a facility that could provide services for the NHS were discussed, as well as ways that investors could be involved in any future medical developments.

Rob Douglas commented: “Headley Court is a great asset to the nation and the local area, and a world class medical rehabilitation facility. It would be a great shame if the facilities at Headley Court, to say nothing of the talent and experience of its current personnel who wish to remain in the area, were to be lost. The purpose of this meeting was to bring Trustees of the Headley Court Charity who own the site together with local people, official bodies, businesses and charities, as well as potential investors, to discuss options. I should stress that these are the very early stages of discussion and plan-making, but what clearly emerged at the meeting was that everyone agreed that someone should do something to ensure the facilities and expertise at Headley Court are kept in the area indefinitely. This meeting began to explore who that ‘someone’ should be, and how that ‘something’ should work, and to take that forward.”
Cllr Vivienne Michael, Executive Member for Community Engagement and Resident Services at Mole Valley District Council said: “Mole Valley District Council has always had strong links with Headley Court. The site and its various buildings offer a range of facilities that could be put to good use for the benefit of the local and wider community. We will work positively with QEF, Headley Parish Council, Headley Court Trust and other partners to find the right solution for the future use of Headley Court. I am proud to be involved in such a significant community project.”
Jonathan Powell, QEF’s CEO added: “QEF is very pleased to have facilitated this meeting and to be a part of these discussions. As Rob says, these are early days, and QEF has no current plans or ambitions in regards to Headley Court, as we are focussing on rejuvenating our own site at Leatherhead Court. However, we’re keeping an open mind, in case there are synergies that would make our involvement something that would benefit anyone that Headley Court could provide services for in future.”

June 8th, 2015
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