Oaktree Manor

Heath RoadTendringEssexCO16 0BX

Tel.01255 871 017


Oaktree Manor

Oaktree Manor specialises in working with men and women with severe challenging behaviour in a low secure setting. Our patients present with a primary diagnosis of learning disability and sensory impairment, presenting with high risks of challenging behaviours and forensic history.

Patients may also be diagnosed with co-existing conditions such as autistic spectrum disorders (ASD), Asperger syndrome or personality disorders.

Autism diagnostic pathway

Oaktree Manor has developed a unique autism diagnostic pathway. The autism service provides ADOS-2 (Autism Diagnostic Observations Scale) accredited senior clinicians, who are able to provide autism diagnostic assessments and autism screening to patients on admission to inform and support treatment, transition and discharge.

Patient areas have been assessed and re-designed to meet the needs of patients with ASD, with low stimulus environments, a sensory room, sensory garden, jacuzzi bath and therapy room.

Our recovery-focused therapy and activities empower patients to increase their emotional resilience and learn to manage their behaviour to reduce the risk of relapse. Our teams work closely with families and carers, arranging regular and appropriate family visits and supporting patients to engage in regular communication.

Our approach

Oaktree Manor's specialist clinical programmes are provided by a full time multidisciplinary team on either a one-to-one basis or in group therapy. We utilise evidence-based outcome measures to meet the specific needs of learning disability patients.

Our intensive treatment programme focuses on risk reduction, relapse prevention, independent living skills, vocational engagement and social inclusion, with the aim of preparing the patient to move through their discharge pathway to the most appropriate placement, in a timely and safe manner.

"Oaktree Manor taught me how to get back to the community slowly. It's helped me learn vital life skills... I'm excited about moving on and I'll probably get to go supported living." Patient at Oaktree Manor

Specialist clinical programmes include:

  • Positive behaviour support (PBS) programmes
  • Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT)
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Skills system emotional regulation programme
  • Patient-centred approach
  • Offence-specific work including sex offending treatment programme and fire-setting treatment programme
  • Autism diagnostic pathway and ASD-specific programmes
  • Discharge and transition planning
  • Individual communication programmes
  • Occupational therapy programmes

Real work opportunities and educational programmes

Oaktree Manor operates a Real Work Opportunities (RWOs) Programme which supports the patient to identify and develop job specific skills, strengths and experience. We offer a range of on-site and (where possible) community based RWOs which develop the skills of individual patients, further preparing them for a community based placement.

Our Services

Fees and Funding

Referrals & Admissions

Individuals who would benefit from the service provided at Oaktree Manor include:

  • Men and women with learning disabilities and other conditions including sensory impairment, ASD,  Asperger syndrome, dual diagnosis
  • Men with learning disabilities, with challenging behaviour and forensic history who may also have ASDs, Asperger syndrome or personality disorders
  • Women with a learning disability and/or personality disorder or sensory impairment and challenging behaviour who may also have ASD 

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Oaktree Manor also benefits from having a dedicated occupational therapy centre which is a unique on-site educational, recreational and rehabilitation centre that provides a range of activities aimed at improving patients' independence and social and educational functioning, in conjunction with their individual treatment programmes. It also provides a range of vocational activities such as:

  • Art, cookery, creative writing and photography
  • Sensory garden with horticultural areas, greenhouse, animal centre
  • A patient shop, library and computer room
  • A range of sporting facilities including outdoor gym equipment

The occupational therapy centre is also an Award Scheme Development and Accreditation Centre (ASDAN) accredited educational centre, which supports patients to complete GCSE and NVQ equivalent courses in life skills or academic subjects.

"Our daughter has been in and out of some form of residential care for over 20 years. We have felt the most confident in the last few years than at any other time, now she is safe and secure." Mother of a patient

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