Priory Grafton Manor

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About this location

Grafton Manor is located in Grafton Regis in Northampton. The residential service offers nursing support for 19 males and females with an acquired brain injury (ABI) and other needs. We are in a semi-rural location, off a main road, and surrounded by lovely views and beautiful countryside.

Our team are dedicated to proving care tailored to the needs of our residents and personal choices, keeping them safe and ensuring they are living a happy life. We can manage physical health needs, including hoisting and percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) feeding, and have in-house nursing input to support our residents.

We can also support those who have:

  • A traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • A progressive neurological condition (PNC)
  • Mild to moderate behaviour that may challenge
  • Epilepsy
  • Diabetes
  • PEG feeding needs
  • Other physical health needs

Services at a glance

There are a total of 19 bedrooms at the site. Of these:
17 have en-suite facilities
2 are self-contained flats
5 are on the ground floor

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Grafton Manor Grafton Regis Northampton Northamptonshire NN12 7SS

We take the safety and experience of our patients and residents extremely seriously. We have an action plan in place that is well progressed and we are monitoring for the embedding of those actions.

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About our service

Our facilities and environment

In 1985, Grafton Manor was established as the UK's first specialised brain injury service to be established in a community setting. The service, situated in a quiet village in peaceful countryside, is located in a historic, Grade II listed property in a quiet village in the countryside, set on extensive grounds.

Facilities are split across the main home and three outbuildings, and includes a main property with accommodation comprised of 13 en-suite bedrooms and a studio flat, an outbuilding with a single self-contained flat, and purpose-fitted cottage called The Chantry, which has three en-suite bedrooms.

Grafton Manor also has a variety of communal spaces, including:

  • A large lounge with plenty of seating
  • Kitchen and dining room
  • Well-equipped activities room
  • Quiet room
  • Utility room
  • Skills kitchen
  • Gym
  • Communal bathroom

We also have large, peaceful gardens, complete with:

  • Secure fencing
  • Lawn
  • Communal seating
  • Summer house
  • Wheelchair access
  • Vegetable patch

We also have specialised equipment within the home, such as adjustable kitchen counter tops, a variety of hoists, a lift and height-adjustable bath. In addition, we have a mobility-adapted site vehicle to help us to meet the needs of the people we support.

Our bedrooms

All of our bedrooms are comfortable, welcoming and can be personalised to individual tastes. We have two self-contained flats on-site, and the rest of the bedrooms have en-suite facilities.

In summary, our bedrooms offer:

  • En-suite facilities, containing a wet room
  • Wheelchair access
  • Activities of daily living (ADL) kitchenettes

Our approach to support

Everybody who lives at Grafton Manor has their own person-centred care plan, which is co-produced with input from the individual, their family members and professionals involved in their care. We aim to help everyone in our care to make their own choices about the support they receive. This may include support in a number of areas, such as going out in the community, personal care, cooking and cleaning, and maintaining family relationships.

Our support approaches at Grafton Manor include:

  • Positive behaviour support (PBS)
  • Occupational therapy
  • Nursing
  • Physiotherapy
  • Speech and language therapy
  • Psychology

We have nurses and a PBS practitioner in-house, but all other therapies and support methods are facilitated via a local multidisciplinary team. We have close links with a variety of professionals, enabling our residents to have access to GP input, dieticians, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, speech and language therapists etc. as required.

In addition, we use tools such as the Outcomes Star™ to support our residents to achieve their goals. The lengths of the placements that we offer at Grafton Manor can be medium or long-term residential, depending on the needs of each person.


Everyone who lives at Grafton Manor has their own personalised activities planner and are encouraged to take part in activities which are meaningful and fulfilling to them. Our dedicated team, led by our activities co-ordinator, organise a variety of activities at the home, as well as out in the community.

We focus on supporting our residents to grow their independence. For some people, this may mean developing their daily living skills within the home. For others, this could be accessing work or educational opportunities in the local community.

Exclusion profile

  • Those who pose a risk to others in communal living areas
  • Those with personality disorders


Through our network of healthcare, residential and supported living facilities, we provide unique care pathways which help the people we support to progress towards greater independence. Every individual we support is provided with a bespoke pathway plan, tailored according to their individual needs. We aim to ensure that each person is supported to live a fulfilling and active life in the community.

Grafton Manor can support individuals who have undergone their acute rehabilitation in a hospital setting. In addition, we enable the people staying with us to develop their independence, and go on to move into their own homes in the community, via Priory’s supported living services.

Our team

Our highly experienced, multidisciplinary team consists of:

  • Service manager
  • Deputy manager
  • Support workers
  • Nurses
  • PBS practitioner
  • Activities co-ordinator
  • Housekeeper
  • Cook
  • Maintenance worker

Our support team receive specialist staff training, designed to meet the needs of each individual we support. This includes:

  • Epilepsy awareness training
  • Diabetes management training
  • Brain injury training
  • PBS training

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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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About the local area


The service is located semi-rurally, but has a number of amenities and locations within a short drive, including:

  • Supermarket
  • Café
  • Pub
  • Museum
  • Race track
  • Church

Transport links

There are also transport links nearby, including:

  • A 10 minute walk to a local bus stop with regular transport links
  • A short drive away from the M1 motorway

A message from our site leader

Here at Grafton Manor, we have a passion for enabling people to live their lives how they want to and trying to make in impossible possible

Grafton Manor’s site leader

Comments from our residents and their family and friends

My son suffered a stroke, and after spending 10 weeks in hospital he was referred to Grafton Manor. I was feeling very anxious due to the fact that as well as physical needs my son also had mental health needs. After a period at Grafton Manor, the difference in my son was amazing, and not just physically but mentally as well, especially his confidence. The way that discharge was carried out was perfect for my son, as it was done gradually. Both my son and I will be forever grateful for the care he received while at Grafton Manor and I would most definitely highly recommend this amazing place
Parent of person supported by Grafton Manor Grafton Manor

Resident stories

Read the stories of our residents, to find out how we have supported them to achieve positive outcomes.

Carina's story - Grafton Manor

Carina came to Grafton Manor after sustaining an acquired brain injury (ABI). Since then, she has focused on developing her independence at the home.

Family and friends FAQs

How does home leave work?

We support our residents to attend family events and visit their family homes. We will work with the resident and their relatives to ensure possible risks are managed and that everyone is supported. This may mean the individual’s key worker will come along on the visit. For those who are unable to visit their family home, we can support your loved ones with video calls.

Can friends and families visit?

Family and friends are welcome to visit. Visits are usually planned in advance to support individual needs. Unfortunately, family members cannot stay overnight.

Will I be involved and kept up to date with the progress of my loved one’s care and support?

Yes - we strive to keep the loved ones of our residents involved in their care. On a regular basis, families will be invited to a meeting at the home, or via video call, where they will meet with the residents’ support team and hear about recent happenings at the home. We can also arrange more regular catch-ups, either in person or via telephone, to ensure loved ones are kept informed.

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

Grafton Manor has two incoming phone lines, and there are cordless phones at various points around the property, which can be used by residents at any time. In addition, we can support our residents to get their own mobile phone, where appropriate.

What are the bedrooms like?

Bedrooms are all furnished and residents are supported to personalise them to suit their needs and wishes. Some of the furniture has been purchased to suit the needs of our residents and some of it is fitted, and therefore cannot be removed.

Are external doors kept locked?

The doors to the main building are locked, due to the nature of our service. However, we have a large garden area where our residents can freely exit and enter the building.

What do residents eat and how do meal times work?

Residents have a choice from a four-week rolling menu, that they have all helped to devise. Alternatives are always available and we also cater for diverse dietary requirements. We also have a skills kitchen where residents can develop their cooking skills, and residents living in a self-contained flat can be supported to cook their own meals.

How does laundry work?

Residents are given help to do their own laundry, as part of promoting independence. Our staff are on hand to offer support if and when it is required, and can complete laundry on behalf of those who are not able to. Our team will ensure that residents always have access to clean clothes and bedding.

Who does the housekeeping and domiciliary tasks?

We also have a dedicated housekeeping and maintenance team at the home. In accordance with their care plans, some residents may participate in some cleaning and cooking activities, to develop their independent living skills.

Is there anything they can’t bring or have?

Residents are not allowed to bring illegal substances onto the premises. We would also ask that people do not bring high risk personal items into the house. We may place restrictions on some items where the risks cannot be appropriately managed, such as non-approved drugs and medications, solvent-based products and lighters.

How do activities work?

Activities are planned according to our residents’ choices and interests, led by our in-house activities co-ordinator. Thorough risk assessments are conducted before any activity. Everyone has a tailored activities planner, which will include both in-house activities as well as visits into the community. Their key worker may use a variety of communication tools to ensure they can have an input into the planning of activities.

How will residents be supported with their behavioural needs?

We have a PBS practitioner, who spends time with our residents to understand their needs, and develop strategies to proactively meet these. In addition, our support staff are trained in PBS, and we operate on a minimal restrictions policy. This means that restrictive interventions such as the use of pro re nata (PRN) medications, must have a robust protocol, and will be frequently reviewed, and removed, where possible.

Do residents and families have an input into the care plans?

Yes, we encourage families and extended support providers to be involved with the care plans, in line with the resident’s best interests. We use a variety of communication tools to work collaboratively with the person we care for to co-produce the plans so they are tailored to their needs.

What are the car parking facilities?

We have car parking on-site for around 20 vehicles, so there is ample room for visitors to park.

What is the smoking policy?

We have a designated area in the garden for residents to smoke or to vape, and they can be supported to purchase cigarettes at the shop, if this is what they choose. However, we do promote healthy lifestyles and can support residents with smoking cessation programmes.

What are your fees and how are they funded?

Our fees can vary, and are based on an assessment of each individual's needs. Many people are eligible for financial help towards the cost of support, and this funding can be accessed by contacting your local authority. Once funding has been agreed, we will work with your local care team to put together a bespoke package of care. Please note, referrals for NHS or Local Authority funded services must come from a referring organisation.

How to make a referral

Our service provides high quality support to people with varying levels of need. Referrals can be made through the individual’s social care team or, if relevant, their local health authority. If you are a professional looking to make a referral, please call us or fill in our enquiry form.

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