Suttons Manor is a specialist, low secure service for males who are over the age of 50. Our aim is to help our patients rebuild confidence, self-esteem and hopes for the future. We keep our patients involved with the community, their family, and carers whenever possible.
Care is provided over two 13-bedded wards and we offer an age-appropriate environment for those who also have a mental health/personality disorder and/or dementia and are in need of physical health care needs.
“Staff offer one-to-one sessions with carers to further engage them in discussions about their loved one’s recovery.” The Quality Network for Forensic Mental Health Services 5th Annual Edition
Suttons Manor ideally suits individuals that have reached the point in their pathway where they need longer-term nursing support and maintenance therapy. Our individualised programmes incorporate both physical and mental health needs, including:
- Exercise and cultural visits to the community
- Lambourne End Project – community projects
- Personal activities of daily living
- Further education including on-site literacy and numeracy groups led by local teachers
- Real work opportunities including bird feeding, courtyard cleaning, shop assistant, horticulture, shed facilities assistant, horticulture photographer and shop manager posts
- Skills maintenance including cooking, budgeting and educational groups
- Reminiscence therapy
- Designated computer for Skype calls
The therapeutic input to the service is tailored to the specific needs of this older population. It is designed to promote self-efficacy, with specialised occupational therapy aimed at accommodating personal needs and wishes, but also to complement older adult patients.
Psychology programmes, both individual and group based, will address a range of needs including offence-related work, social skills, emotional regulation and insight.
The ultimate goal is a step-down placement, where appropriate, and we provide all patients with the highest quality of care in the least restrictive environment possible.
The occupational therapy programme is designed to foster wellbeing by supporting patients’ efforts to maintain their social connections, adapt to and manage health/ability challenges as they arise, and engage in occupations that allow self-expression, opportunities to learn and promote feelings of belonging and contributing.
Our horticulture centre provides a therapeutic environment on-site and offers patients the opportunity to sell the produce they have grown. This enables rehabilitation in terms of learning new skills and consolidating knowledge, which can be applied in the community.
It is important that we provide patients with an ability to both socialise with other peers and learn how to work effectively as part of a team. Patient projects in the horticulture centre have involved building the gazebo, developing the land and growing food in the allotment. Some patients sell produce to carers and staff, and provide the kitchen with vegetables to cook with.
Real work opportunities
To ensure patients feel well equipped, confident and motivated in seeking employment opportunities within the hospital and for those ready for community engagement, Suttons Manor has implemented a number of real work opportunities (RWOs) within the hospital, including paid roles within the patient run shop, ward cleaners, newsletter editors and others.
RWOs have been structured so that patients can develop skills in the job-seeking process, including completing job applications and interviews. Patients receive ongoing feedback to support development.
Enquiries and Referrals
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