Priory Hospital Burton Park

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About this location

Located in the picturesque town of Melton Mowbray on the Leicestershire border, Priory Hospital Burton Park is a 50-bedded neurorehabilitation service, providing care and treatment for people with an acquired brain injury (ABI) or traumatic brain injury (TBI), including stroke. We also offer continuing care for people with progressive neurological conditions (PNCs), with behaviours that are challenging to manage in non-specialist settings. Our aim is to enable people to transition to longer-term community care.

Services at a glance

Brain injury services

50 beds, male and female, 18+

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Priory Burton Park Warwick Road Melton Mowbray LE13 0RD

We take the safety and experience of our patients and residents extremely seriously. We have an action plan in place to address all the areas of concern raised by our regulators.

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Our brain injury services provide specialised, high quality, rehabilitation-focused treatment programmes for those living with an ABI or PNC. We support individuals who require immediate post-acute support, active or slow stream rehabilitation, or continuing care.

Ward break down

  • Cleves Ward – 26-bedded ward for males and females with an ABI or PNC, with associated complex neurobehavioural needs, requiring comprehensive rehabilitation support. 4 of these beds provide an enhanced neurobehavioural focus
  • Warwick Ward – 15-bedded ward for males and females with an ABI or PNC, with associated complex neurophysical and neurobehavioural needs. The ward also supports people who have had a stroke, who may then go on to develop further neurological conditions
  • Dalby – 9-bedded ward for males and females who have completed the transitional pathway and are now on their final stages, pre-discharge, with an emphasis on community access

Conditions treated

We can support people with:

  • Dementia, including vascular dementia
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Pick’s disease
  • Early onset dementia
  • ABI
  • TBI
  • Progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP)
  • Stroke
  • Korsakoff’s syndrome
  • Huntington’s disease

We are able to support informal patients or those detained under the Mental Health Act (MHA).

Treatment approaches

At Burton Park, we offer an individualised, person-centred approach for all of our patients.

Our care is based on a person-centred philosophy that delivers specialist, targeted neurorehabilitation support, focusing on the physical, functional, cognitive, emotional, behavioural and social needs of the people staying with us.

The progression of our patients is monitored using a range of standardised clinical assessment and outcome measures, including:

  • St Andrew’s-Swansea Neurobehavioural Outcome Scale (SASNOS)
  • Overt Aggression Scale – Modified for Neurorehabilitation (OAS-MNR)
  • St Andrew’s Sexual Behaviour Assessment (SASBA)
  • Functional Independence Measure and Functional Assessment Measure (FIM + FAM)
  • Model of Human Occupation Screening Tool (MOHOST)
  • Health of the Nation Outcome Scale-Acquired Brain Injury (HoNOS–ABI)
  • Rehabilitation Complexity Scale
  • Goal Attainment Scaling (GAS)
  • Length of stay

Our assessment and treatment options are overseen by a full and diverse multidisciplinary team (MDT).

We offer:

  • Therapy based on relaxation, anger management, cognitive stimulation, psychoeducation, reminiscence and healthy living
  • Speech and language sessions
  • Positive behaviour support (PBS)
  • Speech and Language Therapy (SaLT) sessions, including support for dysphagia, difficulties in communication and swallowing disorders
  • Neurobehavioural programmes
  • Focused rehabilitation nursing
  • Support for aphasia, dysarthria and cognitive communication disorders, alongside any other prominent communication needs

Within a service user’s initial 12-week assessment, the following will be achieved:

  • Neuropsychological assessment to track cognitive changes
  • Functional analysis of behaviour
  • Review of medication, as appropriate
  • Access to a therapeutic timetable of workshops (4 workshops per day), delivered by our psychology, occupational therapy (OT), SaLT, physiotherapy, nursing and rehabilitation teams
  • Physiotherapy assessment
  • Assessment of personal care skills and implementation of associated care plan with the aim of improving independence in line with cognitive and physical functioning
  • Assessment of communication needs
  • Ongoing assessment of physical health needs
  • Ongoing assessment around the appropriate legal framework
  • Review meeting at 10 weeks to review progress and inform further treatment goals, objectives and programmes, and discharge planning

Placements can be extended beyond the initial 12-week programme, depending on the person staying with us and their progress.

Our team

Our team consists of:
  • Hospital director
  • Director of clinical services
  • Consultant psychiatrist
  • Consultant neuropsychologist
  • Occupational therapist (OT)
  • Physiotherapist
  • Speech and language therapist (SaLT)
  • Dietitian
  • Social worker
  • Psychology and OT assistants
  • Registered nurses specialising in mental health, learning disability and general nursing
We offer a tailor-made programme for each service user and can alter our MDT meetings to meet commissioner requirements. Usually, MDT meetings take place weekly and all patients are formally reviewed with each member of the MDT on a 4-weekly basis, with the opportunity for further clinical discussions as and when necessary. The discussions then feed into the care programme approach (CPA) process, as required.

Therapeutic and community-based activities

We offer a range of therapeutic and community-based activities as part of a full treatment programme. We want to support people to become more confident and independent, preparing them to move through their treatment pathway towards community living.

Our therapeutic and community-based activities include:

  • Life story work
  • Self-care
  • Community access
  • Kitchen skills/cleaning
  • Hobbies and interests
  • Communication skills, including social interaction
  • Social worker sessions, including social skills preparation, support with filling in housing and benefits forms, and signposting to services
  • Physiotherapy sessions, including general exercise and wellbeing
  • Specifically tailored physiotherapy programmes

Our facilities and environment

We believe that the environment in which treatment takes place is just as important as the treatment itself, when it comes to supporting our patients. We provide:


Kitchen and dining room
Games room
Music room
Art room
Gym facilities
Beauty treatment room
Multi-faith room


Our garden offers secure fencing, a patio area with furniture, a lawn, shelter and planting areas. We also have specialised equipment within the hospital, such as bean bags, adjustable kitchen counter tops and hoists, for people to use.

Our bedrooms

All of our bedrooms are single-occupancy and have an en-suite bathroom. Patients are encouraged to personalise their bedrooms while they are staying with us. We provide:


Anti-ligature furniture
Safe rooms
Windows with a view
Wheelchair access


Exclusion profile

  • People under the age of 18
  • History of arson
  • History of absconsion
  • History of sexual offending
  • Those who require seclusion
  • Spinal injuries
  • Those who require tracheostomy care or ventilation
  • People that require support with medical assisted withdrawal
  • People with locked in syndrome (PDOC)
  • People with mental health needs with no primary brain injury diagnosis/neuro degenerative diagnosis
  • Patients requiring naso-gastric feeding
  • Patients at the beginning of the palliative care pathway


Priory’s network of high quality facilities enables us to offer joined-up care pathways with our dedicated residential services. We offer programmes which integrate healthcare treatment and therapy, which are tailored according to individual needs, in an appropriate setting. Our strength is that we can provide a seamless transition for the individual as they progress between higher and lower dependency services.

We accept people with brain injuries from all over the country and our staff work alongside commissioners, all the way from admission, to offering service users an appropriate step-down service in their home area. In addition, we can also transition people to Priory Adult Care step-down services, where appropriate.

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At Priory, we want to ensure we provide the very best service to each individual we support. Contact us for more information, or to make a referral.

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Inside Priory Burton Park

About the local area


Priory Hospital Burton Park is located close to a number of amenities, including:

  • Local park
  • Shops/cafés
  • Cinema
  • Library
  • College
  • Visitor attractions in Melton Mowbray

Transport links

It also has excellent transport links, including:

  • Local bus station
  • Melton Mowbray railway station, which is on the Birmingham to Stansted Airport line and serves Leicester, Peterborough, Cambridge, Nottingham, Norwich and Sleaford
  • Frequent local buses to Leicester, Syston, Grantham, Loughborough and Oakham

A message from our site leader

At Burton Park, we are a professional and friendly team that recognises we are an important part of a person’s rehabilitation journey following a brain injury. We are committed to ensuring everyone in our care receives the best rehabilitation experience. We work alongside them and their loved ones to produce the best outcome

Burton Park site leader.

Information for family and friends

How do home visits work?

We actively encourage home visits as part of our rehabilitation programme and these are supported on a case-by-case basis. We also encourage family and friends to remain in contact with the patient while they’re staying with us.

What is your visitation policy?

Family and friends are able to visit at any time. However, we do ask that visitors ring ahead prior to any visit, so we can ensure your loved one is not involved in any planned treatment or activities.

Will I be involved and kept up to date with my loved one’s care and wellbeing?

Yes, we make every effort to keep the loved ones of our residents involved in their care. This starts on the day of admission and includes weekly updates as well as updates through CPA meetings. We are happy to work with families in terms of how often they would like to receive updates and by what method.

Will my loved one be able to have a phone or call me?

We have a ward phone for people to use, or patients can use their own mobile phones (subject to capability).

What type of things are families expected to provide, and what is provided by the home?

We provide all furnishings, bedding and food on-site and encourage patients to individualise their own space.

What are the bedrooms like?

All of our bedrooms are furnished, and residents are supported to personalise them to suit their needs and wishes. They are all single person, en-suite rooms.

Are external doors kept locked?

All of our external doors are locked. However, every person staying with us will be individually assessed for any risks to see what security is needed.

What do service users eat and how do meal times work?

We have set meal times and everyone staying with us has a choice on the menu. We also set certain food boundaries, on a patient-by-patient basis, to protect those who may be at risk of dysphagia.

How does laundry work?

We have a laundry so everyone can do their own washing and drying. Our staff are also available to support anyone who needs it.

Is there anything they can’t bring or have?

We have a restricted and prohibited items list, which is reviewed and updated regularly. This can be seen on request.

Are pets allowed?

Service users are allowed to have their pets come to visit them. We also have a pet cat on-site.

How do activities work?

Everyone staying with us has an individual activity plan which has been created with them and members of their MDT. This is dependent on their needs and recovery expectations.

Do service users and families have an input into the service user’s care plans?

All of the people staying with us and their families/friends are encouraged to come to all of our meetings and give information about their loved one’s likes and dislikes, so any plan can be more personalised to them.

What are the car parking facilities?

There is free car parking on-site.

What is the smoking policy? Can service users buy cigarettes?

Burton Park is a non-smoking site. Vaping is permitted in restricted areas.

How is treatment accessed and funded?

We don’t take referrals directly from individuals and families. Instead, the first step will be for you to reach out to the person’s GP so that they can be referred and funded through the correct NHS channel. Depending on the type of support needed, this could include local authority funding, NHS funding, joint funding between the local authority and NHS, or direct payments. Please note, referrals for NHS or local authority funded services must come from a referring organisation.

How to make a referral

Our customer service centre provides 24/7 support for NHS mental health enquiries and referrals. Our customer referral co-ordinators can support you from your first call right through to the enquiry conclusion, providing updates throughout the process. We offer 24/7 crisis referrals, fast access to bed availability and placements, and a single access point for end-to-end enquiry management.

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