The Priory Hospital Keighley

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Formerly The Willows (Craegmoor), The Priory Hospital Keighley is part of the Priory Group of Companies and is a 43 bedded continuing care hospital that has just undergone a major refurbishment.

The service is split into five areas:

  • Oldfield and Steeton Ward – 18 bedded male service, incorporating a 6 bedded step-down unit (Steeton)
  • Ingrow and Winfield – 16 bedded female service, incorporating a 4 bedded step-down unit (Winfield)
  • Oakworth – 9 bedded male service, specialising in dementia care

The hospital's aim is to provide a recovery-focused service within the Care Programme Approach framework for people with complex mental health problems who require longer or ongoing hospital level care. The acknowledgement of longer or ongoing hospital care does not reflect a negative attitude to the possibility of service user progress but rather a positive decision to optimise the quality of life for those who have suffered repeated placement breakdown in the community or have never achieved community living.

During the course of their stay service users can be supported through periods of mental health fluctuations that are inevitably experienced in individuals with a diagnosis of severe and enduring mental illness. With multidisciplinary team (MDT) support, we have the flexibility to manage challenging behaviours that may not be managed within nursing and high end community services. We are able, therefore, to reduce the likelihood and increased cost implications of repeat admission to acute services and minimise the distress caused by relapse to service users and their families.

Physical health care needs are often high for our service users. Full access and registration with the community GP service is available for all service users and we have robust communication with the GP service to optimise and maintain physical healthcare.

Our Services

Our Specialists

Dr Colin Forbes

Dr Colin Forbes

Consultant Psychiatrist and Regional Medical Director
The Priory Hospital Keighley (staff)


Fees and Funding

Referrals & Admissions

Admission criteria

  • Service users must have a primary diagnosis of a mental illness by nature and degree.
  • Service users should be considered as requiring a continuing care/slow stream rehabilitation package
  • Service users will typically have complex care needs, experiencing severe and enduring mental health symptoms
  • All service users must undergo a full assessment of their needs
  • The MDT in the hospital must agree that the service user will benefit from admission to hospital
  • No service user is admitted, or re-admitted as an “emergency admission”
  • No service users will be admitted whose presence would breach any condition of registration from The Care Quality Commission
  • Service user will be 18+ with no upper age limit

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Ethos and care

The ethos and care model of the service offers a safe therapeutic environment providing individually tailored programmes aimed to do the following:

  • Reduce the need for re-admission into acute inpatient care settings
  • Manage impact and reduce frequency of challenging behaviours
  • Maintain and where possible improve service user skill level
  • Maximise quality of life in a homely yet structured environment
  • Provide mental health stability with a personal recovery-focused philosophy
  • Monitor and promote good physical health care
  • Proactively manage risks including relapse and possible repeat of index offences (if applicable)
  • Through effective partnerships with a full range of social and community services, offer individuals the opportunity to participate in the local community
  • Work with external agencies and other providers to create pathways for individuals as their level of support changes

The enabling care model will follow a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) approach with the emphasis being on engaging service users in day to day structured activity. Each individual will be encouraged to develop their own personalised recovery pathway using the recovery star.

All service users will be managed within the CPA framework and will have six-monthly reviews where measurement outcomes and future care planning is agreed.

Greenhill and Ghyllside

Greenhill and Ghyllside are warm and welcoming community houses in a village location providing transitional accommodation for service users who no longer require hospital level care yet continue to experience severe and enduring mental illness. Greenhill provides accommodation for five females and Ghyllside provides accommodation for four males.

Greenhill and Ghyllside provide an excellent pathway for complex individuals to move out of hospital as both these services are supported by the management and multidisciplinary team from The Priory Hospital Keighley, with regular input on an individual led basis. The service users referred to Greenhill and Ghyllside will present a level of risk that requires them to be supported in a fully staffed accommodation. Both houses provide a homely atmosphere where service users are expected and encouraged to contribute to the successful running of the house.

Both services aim to provide a recovery-focused service within the Care Programme Approach framework promoting social inclusion ensuring service users access all areas of the community. The ethos of both services is to maximise functioning skills, promoting and facilitating independence and ensuring service users have a high quality of life that they are actively encouraged to take responsibility for.

Oakworth dementia care

The Priory Hospital Keighley offers a hospital based service for individuals suffering from neuro-degenerative disorders. The ward features social areas to maximise conversation in small groups. The residents have ready access to the garden, which is secure, and includes sensory areas for them to enjoy.

The ward can accommodate up to nine people. The staff have all received dementia specific training that covers the major types of dementia. The service caters to those who may or may not be detained under the Mental Health Act and who may not be able to be placed in nursing home environments. We aim to support individuals with behaviour that severely challenges, who need close monitoring and the expertise of a multidisciplinary team on an ongoing basis.

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