Priory Woodthorpe Lodge

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About this location

Woodthorpe Lodge is located in the village of Woodthorpe, near Chesterfield, Derbyshire. It offers residential support for eight males and females with a range of needs. This includes autistic people, individuals with a learning disability, and those with mental health needs. We are located off a main road, in a semi-rural location.

Our team are dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of the people we support by offering a holistic approach to care, enabling them to live a meaningful life. We want to help each person we support to have a healthy, happy and independent life, within a safe and welcoming home.

We can also support those who have complex needs.

Services at a glance

There are a total of eight bedrooms at the site. Of these:
6 have en-suite facilities
All 8 are on the ground floor

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Woodthorpe Lodge 7 Norbriggs Road Woodthorpe Mastin Moor Chesterfield Derbyshire S43 3BW

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About our service

Our facilities and environment

Woodthorpe Lodge is a detached bungalow, which has lots of space and offers a relaxed, homely environment. All of the bedrooms are located on the ground floor, and six of them all have en-suite facilities with an en-suite wet room.

In summary, we offer:

  • A large lounge with plenty of seating
  • Kitchen and dining room
  • Utility room
  • Communal bathroom

We also have a garden, complete with:

  • Secure fencing
  • Lawn
  • Patio
  • Communal seating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Sensory garden
  • Vegetable patch

Our bedrooms

All of our bedrooms are comfortable, welcoming and can be personalised to individual tastes. Six of our bedrooms have en-suite facilities, containing a wet room.

Our approach to support

Everybody who lives at Woodthorpe Lodge 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, finances, managing medication and maintaining family relationships.

Our support approaches at Woodthorpe Lodge include:

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

We also have support from a local multidisciplinary team to offer these therapies and support practices. 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 Woodthorpe Lodge can be medium or long-term residential, depending on the needs of each person.


Everyone who lives at Woodthorpe Lodge has their own personalised activities planner and are encouraged to take part in activities which are meaningful and fulfilling to them. Our dedicated team 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 with physical disabilities requiring specialised equipment


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.

Our team

Our highly experienced team consists of:

  • Service manager
  • Deputy manager
  • Support workers
  • Senior support workers

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

  • Epilepsy training
  • Autism spectrum specialist training
  • PROACT-SCIPr-UK® training
  • Learning disability training
  • Diabetes management 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


Woodthorpe Lodge has a number of amenities nearby including:

  • Supermarket
  • Shops
  • Café
  • Restaurant
  • Pub
  • GP surgery
  • Post office
  • College
  • Park
  • Library
  • Cinema

Transport links

Woodthorpe Lodge also has excellent transport links, including:

  • A bus stop outside with regular local transport links to Chesterfield, Bakewell and other nearby places
  • A short drive away from the M1 motorway

A message from our site leader

At Woodthorpe Lodge, our ethos is to 'live and not just to exist' which feeds into the company’s 'live your life' strategy, which really just means going above and beyond the perceptions of everyday residential care. We believe that in order to fully meet someone’s overall wellbeing, we have to go beyond the norm, and support people with the things they personally want to achieve, offering them a sense of self, actualisation, and a sense of purpose and meaning to their life.

We recognise that this is a personal journey for each person that lives here and we work holistically with the people we support and collaboratively with their family and care professionals. This means they can achieve the things they would like but never thought possible.

Woodthorpe Lodge’s site leader

Comments from our residents and their family and friends

Since moving in, I have an enjoyable life, I really like it here, it’s the best place I’ve lived
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The staff are amazing, very kind and caring, we have a laugh and I feel looked after well
Person supported by Woodthorpe Lodge Woodthorpe Lodge
I’m extremely impressed with the care my client receives at Woodthorpe Lodge. They go out of their way to ensure residents are busy, active, and take pride in achieving their outcomes
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Family and friends FAQs

How does home leave work?

We support our residents to maintain strong relationships with their loved ones, and can facilitate the people who live here in attending family events and visiting their family homes. We will work with the resident and their relatives to make this happen, in any way we can.

Can friends and families visit?

We support the individuals who live here to maintain friendships both inside and outside of the home. We often facilitate parties and family-style meal gatherings. We maintain our homely family friendly approach, and extend this to outside visitors, who are welcome to join us.

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. This will be arranged on an individual basis, and may include regular catch-ups either in person or via telephone, to ensure families are kept informed.

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

Those who have access to their own mobile phone are able to use this to contact family. In addition, as a home we also facilitate other ways to keep in contact with each other, via the use of technology, and can support with this. We feel that it is important that loved ones feel they are able to keep in contact, and be involved as they wish to be.

What are the bedrooms like?

Bedrooms are all furnished and residents are supported to personalise them to suit their needs and wishes. We will work with people on an individual basis to understand what they would like their space to look like, and support them to decorate accordingly.

Are external doors kept locked?

The building has a locked door. However, every person staying with us will be individually assessed for any risks to see what security is needed. Some residents have access to the code and they are able to leave the building freely.

What do residents eat and how do meal times work?

Residents are supported to choose and prepare what they want to eat, whenever they like. We will, however, support residents with any problems or concerns they may have around mealtimes, such as preparing food. Our team will also seek guidance from family members and nutritionists to ensure that special dietary requirements are catered for.

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, within our home’s utility room. Our team will ensure that residents always have access to clean clothes and bedding.

Who does the housekeeping and domiciliary tasks?

The residents share tasks out between themselves to ensure the home stays clean and tidy, and a homely environment. We encourage our residents to develop their independent living skills, and take pride in their home.

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.

How do activities work?

We have a variety of activities weekly including various clubs and our residents enjoy days out and trying new ideas. One of their firm favourites is a trip to the sea-side and most recently, laser tag. We enjoy a good party too! Each resident is encouraged to come up with new activity ideas, and get involved in the planning, too.

How will residents be supported with their behavioural needs?

We use the PROACT-SCIPr-UK® framework, which means we focus on proactive strategies, rather than physical intervention. We require our care plans which include restrictions to be assessed frequently, for example, procedures for interventions such as pro re nata (PRN) medication are regularly reviewed and removed, where possible.

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

We work with social workers, family members, and residents to develop care plans which are in the best interests of the individuals we support. We use a variety of communication tools and work with health professionals to aid each resident in having a say about every aspect of their care. Care plans are regularly reviewed, and family members will be asked for their input, where appropriate.

What are the car parking facilities?

We have a small on-site car park.

What is the smoking policy?

We do not permit smoking indoors, however, there is a smoking area outside for residents to smoke or to vape. We promote healthy lifestyles and can support with smoking cessation programmes, if this is something a resident wishes to engage in.

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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