Elm Park

Elm Park Rehabilitation Hospital Station Road Ardleigh Colchester Essex CO7 7RT

Tel.01206 231055


Elm Park

Elm Park in Essex is a specialist neurobehavioural service for assessing, treating and discharging people with complex neurological needs following a traumatic brain injury (TBI) or an acquired brain injury (ABI). The services are provided at Elm Park and two community houses - Elm House and Elm Cottage.

We have a total of 24 beds split across the three units:

  • Elm Park - 17 bed - locked rehabilitation brain injury service for men
  • Elm House - 4 beds - community rehabilitation brain injury service for men and women
  • Elm Cottage - 3 beds - community rehabilitation brain injury service for men and women

Our approach

After a brain injury, people may experience cognitive, behavioural and emotional changes. We ensure that patient treatment plans address these needs to support them to access other areas of rehabilitation.

The main emphasis of the treatment and rehabilitation offered at Elm Park is to enable patients to have increased opportunities for choice, autonomy, and empowerment over their own life and to obtain the optimum level of independence that their potential allows.

Individual goal orientated treatment plans are devised with patients, within a discharge pathway of agreed duration, specifically tailored to meet needs. This is provided within a homely environment with purpose to support you in achieving a valued social role both within the community and whilst within groups of peers and family members.

Therapy is delivered in individual and group settings. The goal is to bring about change by coaching, modelling, practical exercises and reinforcement in practice throughout the day.

Patients are supported to enhance self-control and give a sense of empowerment.

During a patient's stay at Elm Park they will have their own rehabilitation programme which will be reviewed on a fortnightly basis.

Patients will have an individual neurobehavioural rehabilitation plan using evidence-based treatments which may include:

  • Risk management
  • Positive behavioural support plan
  • Psychiatric interventions
  • Cognitive strategies and compensatory aids
  • Functional skills
  • Speech and language and communication skills
  • Physiotherapy
  • Physical health management plans
  • Standardised assessment measures

Treatment plans are continuously reviewed in line with individual needs and progress, but care plans are formally reviewed monthly.

As part of rehabilitation, patients are encouraged to participate in a variety of leisure activities that meet their interests. This can include swimming, gym, social clubs, country and coastal walks, shopping, dining out, college and work experience opportunities.

Elm Park is a member of the INPA:

INPA - Independent Neurorehabilitation Providers Alliance

Our Services

Conditions treated

Fees and Funding

Referrals & Admissions

Whether you are detained under the Mental Health Act or an informal patient, you will be considered suitable for Brain Injury Services Essex for one or more of the following reasons:

  • For specialist assessment of your rehabilitation needs following your brain injury
  • For active rehabilitation – this may include helping you to manage your mood, behaviour and/or cognitive changes, as well as supporting you to regain skills and increase  your independence
  • Continuing care to support you to maintain your rehabilitation gains

More Info

Physical health and wellbeing is an important part of brain injury rehabilitation. Elm Park has access to a GP who attends the hospital regularly to see patients and who will address any physical health issues. Elm Park also employs a practice nurse who will carry out regular physical health checks.

The practice nurse supports patients in all areas of physical health including working towards healthy eating, fitness plans and holds male health clinics.

The practice nurse will work with you to complete your 'My Shared Pathway' health plan to keep a record of all your health needs.

Patients are supported to access local primary care services such as the dentist, optician or chiropodist.

Visiting arrangements

If you wish, your family and friends will be encouraged to visit regularly, and maintain contact by letter, telephone or Skype when visiting is not possible. It is recommended that visits are pre-arranged and where possible, visiting is avoided during the hours of 09.00 to 17.00, Monday to Friday, in order to avoid distracting you from your rehabilitation programme.

Relatives and carers are equally encouraged to take an active part in the Care Programme Approach (CPA) process as well as attend reviews.

Visitors will be welcomed at all reasonable times, and are generally asked to meet with their relative in the visitors' room or meeting room.

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