Suttons Manor is a specialist low secure forensic service for men who are over the age of 50.
Care is provided over two wards, both of which are 13 bedded male units and offer an age appropriate environment for those who also have a mental health/personality disorder and/or dementia, in need of physical health care needs.
The hospital is set in its own attractive grounds of over 9 acres near the town of Romford in Essex. Convenient access is provided by the M25, and the nearby underground station at Theydon Bois, which is on the Central Line, or rail station at Romford.
This 24/7 rehabilitation service 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, personal activities of daily living, further education and real work opportunities and skills maintenance which incorporates cooking, budgeting and educational groups.
There are numerous assessments available to assist patients including mobility and environmental needs. Psychology programmes, both individual and group based, will address a range of needs including offence related work, social skills, emotional regulation and insight.
The service provides:
- 26 modern bedrooms which can be personalised
- Wet rooms with disabled access
- Fully-equipped Service users Kitchen to support ward based cooking and activities
- Spacious well-lit communal areas including a lounge and dining room
- Extensive grounds, some of which have been tailored to encourage interaction and boasts a sensory Zen garden which can be accessed both from the wards or the grounds
- A Horticulture Centre specifically tailored to those with mobility concerns, including an indoor potting area, raised beds, a poly-tunnel and vegetable plots, allowing all year round horticulture projects
- Frequent leisure activities in the community
- A fully adapted vehicle to provide access to community facilities
- Physical health nurse to liaise with the local GP practice who attend site for individual appointments and clinics
- Well men’s clinics and health advice
- Large spacious Gym and art room
- In house patients shop run by patients
- Real work opportunities and close links with the local college providing courses.
- On site literacy and numeracy groups led with local teachers.
The therapeutic input to this service is tailored to the specific needs of this older population designed to promote self-efficacy, with specialised occupational therapy programmes aimed at accommodating personal needs and wishes but also to compliment older adult patients.
The occupational therapy programme is designed to foster well-being by supporting the 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.
The older adult ward is a lower stimulus area for those who would be more vulnerable to others in a mainstream service. The hospital focuses on using Meaningful Activity to support all our patients to progress with their personal goals and move into less restrictive environments.
Our clinical team consists of:
- Nurses (RMN. RNLD, RGN – Physical health nurse)
- Occupational therapists
- Social workers and health care assistants
They are all committed to providing the best care, treatment and support possible.
Our aim is to help our patients rebuild confidence, self-esteem and hopes for the future. We make every effort to keep people involved with the community and family/carers where appropriate.
Our staff are experienced and skilled in working with mental health issues and have a strong commitment to team working and making sure you are part of the team. Your care plan will be developed with you, for you.
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 (RWO) within the hospital, including paid-roles within the patient run shop, ward-cleaners, newsletter editors and roles within the recently developed and well equipped horticultural area.
The RWO have been structured so that patients can develop skills in the job-seeking process, including completing job applications and interviews.
Patients will receive on-going feedback to support your development.
We recognise the importance that friends, family and carers visiting you can have on your wellbeing. We will do our best to make sure that family, friends and significant others are able to visit patients whilst you are with us.
The social work team will contact your planned visitor and explain the visitors’ policy and procedure and will then discuss your request with the ward team and book your initial visit.
We do ask that visits are booked 48 hours in advance however we will be as flexible as we can.
Rebecca Cosstick is Hospital Director of Suttons Manor and Lily Close. She joined PiC in 2006 as a Charge Nurse at Oaktree Manor. After successfully running a learning disability ward for patients with forensic histories, Rebecca joined BIS Essex Elm Park as Clinical Services Manager in March 2009 and later as Unit Manager.