Welcome to Southleigh Community Hospital

At Southleigh Community Hospital we can accommodate up to 27 service users in 21 single en-suite bedrooms and 6 semi-independent apartments. These flexible apartments can be used to prepare service users for more independent living or alternatively to accommodate service users who require high level of personalised care and support.

Our Facilities

  • Therapeutic kitchen
  • Open garden
  • Flexible room space with gym & therapy equipment 

We are keen to ensure that service users move through their rehabilitation pathway seamlessly and are equipped to fulfil their maximum potential and contribute to their family life, community and society as a whole.

Living in our semi- independent apartments enables service users to progress into a less restrictive environment when the time is right, whilst at the same time makes it possible to take positive risks under the close supervision of the multi-disciplinary team.


We admit adult service users who may be stepping down from acute or secure NHS and independent settings or laterally from other rehabilitation units. We consider self-funded referrals too.

We provide intensive and holistic treatment that comprises expert pharmacological, psychological, nursing, and occupational therapy intervention. Treatment is tailored to the individual’s care plan that is written jointly with the service user, their family and approved by the funding authority.


Southleigh has an effective recovery and social inclusion programme that enables service users to access both community and unit-based leisure activities, adult education and vocational/work schemes.
We are committed to empowering service users to attain their own potential through a person-centred rehabilitation approach.

Admission Criteria

Southleigh Community is suitable for individuals with a wide range of mental health needs. Typically, they have


  • Enduring mental health problems
    Been in acute or specialist mental health settings and require longer-term support before they can be discharged into the community
  • Had unsuccessful experiences in less structured and supported placements
  • Been in secure services and require step – down into a less secure setting as they progress through their recovery journey
  • Had multiple admissions and require a longer-term engagement to break the cycle of admissions

Treatment Pathway

  • Psychiatric rehabilitation is a key step in an individual’s journey from hospital to the community. A multidisciplinary approach is crucial in supporting patients in this transition.
  • Psychology plays an important role in helping patients develop and/or increase insight into their mental health condition, to reduce psychological distress when this interferes with their recovery and treatment, and in assisting patients in making lifestyle changes that maintain and improve well-being.
  • At Southleigh Community Hospital, the biopsychosocial model is used to conceptualise a patient’s presenting problem, and a client-centred transtheoretical approach is used to help them to identify, acknowledge, and resolve their concerns.
  • When a patient is admitted to Southleigh Community Hospital, the psychologist meets with them in order to start building rapport and a therapeutic relationship; and to identify their psychological needs and assess what psychological interventions are appropriate for the individual’s recovery process.
  • If psychotherapy is indicated, an individualised treatment plan is developed with input from the other members of the MDT.
  • In cases where psychotherapy is not indicated, psychoeducation might be considered. Additionally, the psychologist works with the whole team to maintain a psychological understanding of patient’s behaviours and needs.
  • Risk assessment is another key area psychology is involved in, particularly with monitoring and assessing for risks (e.g., violence, self-harm, victimisation).

Psychological interventions include:

  • Substance misuse programmes
  • Coping strategies for identified issues
  • Behaviour modification
  • Stress-management skills (e.g., identify stressors; manage stress)
  • Social skills development
  • Identifying and strengthening internal and external resources available to cope with anxiety, stress, and/or depressive symptoms
  • CBT to teach patients to examine and evaluate their cognitions, substitute more adaptive ones, and combat hopelessness and disrupt negative thought patterns and assumptions
  • DBT skills for distraction and emotional regulation to manage anxiety and depressive symptoms (e.g., mindfulness techniques, relaxation strategies)
  • Supportive therapy aimed at improving patients’ insight into their mental health needs
  • Development of relapse prevention and positive behaviour support plans.
  • Anger management
  • Psychoeducation
  • Psychometric testing when necessary
  • Psychology groups when available

For any questions about assessment or admissions please contact us.

Southleigh Community Hospital,
42 Brighton Road,
South Croydon, Surrey, CR2 6AA

Telephone: 0208 666 0400

Email: ana.brisbar@nhs.net