Pelham Woods

Harrowlands Park South Terrace Dorking Surrey RH4 2RA

Tel.01306 644 100


Pelham Woods

Pelham Woods is an inpatient rehabilitation and recovery service for women with mental health needs, personality disorders or mild learning disabilities and who may have a history of challenging behaviours, self-harm, substance misuse problems or trauma.

The service is well placed to serve the south east of England and provides for the needs of women who have complex mental health problems and a history of challenging behaviour.

Our approach

The clinical programmes focus on rehabilitation on-site and in the community, and include programmes that are specifically focused on treating challenging behaviours, minimising the risk to self and others and building skills for a safe discharge into the community.

The multidisciplinary team's treatment programmes run on a 12-week rotation. This enables programmes to be adapted to residents' needs. Therapeutic sessions include:

  • Trauma psychological educational group
  • Mindfulness and Yoga group
  • Compassion group
  • Living together
  • Learning about my illness group
  • Food for thought
  • Toolkit for coping
  • Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) skills group
  • Love yourself
  • Cooking/café group
  • Smoking cessation

Our therapy team consists of:

  • Full-time consultant psychiatrist
  • Psychologist
  • Psychotherapist
  • Occupational therapist
  • Nursing team
  • Social worker
  • Education and vocational support
  • Peer support worker

Priory Pelham Woods is delighted to have gained AIMS accreditation. AIMS is a Quality Network for Mental Health Rehabilitation Services which provides a full support system for further improvement, sharing good practice and benchmarking analysis.

AIMS Rehab

Receiving AIMS accreditation demonstrates the high quality of care that is being provided at Pelham Woods, and that national guidelines are being met. Pelham Woods is focused on excellence and learning, with a dedicated multidisciplinary team fully engaged in improvement.

Our Services

Fees and Funding

Referrals & Admissions

Patient profile

  • Aged 18 or over
  • Diagnosed with mental illnesses and/or personality disorders  
  • In addition to a primary mental health illness, there may also be diagnoses of mild learning disabilities or addictions
  • Presenting with complex and challenging behaviours relating to complex mental health disorders
  • May have history of offending or self-harming behaviours
  • Have often had a history of failed or difficult placement and would benefit from a period of rehabilitation in a patient-centred, recovery-focused environment
  • Require a bespoke treatment pathway
  • Often present with treatment-resistant mental health disorders
  • Require rehabilitation to acquire skills for independent or supported living in the community

Patients are either admitted under a section of the Mental Health Act or informally, and can step down through our in-house care pathway from the main ward to the integrated on-site flat.  This provides residents with an opportunity of semi-independent living, whilst retaining therapeutic support from the ward.  

More Info

As part of their treatment programme, residents are supported and encouraged to utilise community facilities. However, on-site, residents have access to the following:

  • Supervised gym classes
  • Rehabilitation kitchen
  • Pool and tennis tables
  • Arts and crafts
  • Internet café and Skype facilities
  • Relaxation and therapy rooms
  • Gardening
  • Outdoor and indoor leisure areas
  • Zumba classes

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