Burston House

Rectory RoadBurstonDiss NorfolkIP22 5TU

Tel.01379 649 900


Burston House

Burston House provides low secure care and specialised treatment for men aged 18 years and older with a learning disability. Patients may also have other associated conditions including personality disorders, mental illnesses and autistic spectrum disorders.

This service is part of a care pathway in Norfolk and Suffolk, which together has a total of 97 beds in four linked specialised hospitals/units. They provide therapeutic security at different levels including:

Low secure

  • St John's House, Bure Ward - 11 beds (female only)
  • St John's House, Waveney Ward - six beds (female only)
  • Burston House, Kestrel Ward, Rectory Ward and Eagle Ward - 31 beds (male only)

Medium secure

  • St John’s House, Walsham Ward – 16 beds (male only)
  • St John’s House, Redgrave Ward – 16 beds (female only)

Community locked rehabilitation

  • Lombard House - nine beds (male only)
  • Richmond House - eight beds (female only)

Our approach

The strength of this service lies in the quality of the comprehensive assessment, treatment and care that we provide. We take a holistic and individualised approach, delivered by our skilled, experienced multidisciplinary team which includes:

  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychologists
  • Nursing (mental health and learning disability)
  • Occupational therapists
  • Specialist teachers
  • Social workers
  • A practice nurse for physical healthcare
  • A speech and language therapist (SaLT)
  • Dietitians

We also call in services from GPs, dentists, opticians and chiropodists when needed.

Our treatment programme includes:

  • Assessment and motivational work
  • Foundation
  • Offence-specific support
  • Personality disorder symptom reduction
  • Consolidation
  • Relapse prevention
  • Preparation for discharge and follow-up care

Our Services

Fees and Funding

Referrals & Admissions

This service is suitable for:

  • Males aged 18 years or older
  • Those with a primary diagnosis of learning disability who may also have secondary diagnoses of conditions including Asperger's syndrome, other autistic spectrum disorders, personality disorders, major mental illnesses and substance misuse
  • Patients detained under the Mental Health Act

More Info

Awards and indicators of clinical excellence at Burston House include:

  • Patients in our learning disability services have won over 30 Koestler Art Awards in the last five years
  • We have published 14 peer-reviewed journal articles over the last three years
  • We host the Clinical Research Group (CRG) on Forensic Intellectual and Developmental Disability (FIDD) which brings together patients, commissioners, clinicians and academics from 25 NHS hospitals and 10 universities
  • As a recognised authority on learning disability within the UK, we are approved to offer learning disability training to specialty registrars in psychiatry
  • We are a successful pilot site operating the 'My Shared Pathway' system

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