Sturdee Hospital


Sturdee Hospital is a 33 bedded rehabilitation hospital in South Leicester. It is designed to cater for women between the ages of 18 and 65 who have diagnoses of Personality Disorder and/or Serious and Enduring Mental Illness. Our patients present with risks that are related to their mental disorder but not mandating treatment in a secure facility.

  Female Only 18 - 65 16 Locked Rehab Beds  6 Locked Rehab Step Down Beds  9 Semi-Independent Flats

What we do

Sturdee Community Hospital offers a flexible environment designed to support each patient’s progress along their rehab pathway.

Sturdee Hospital is a 31 bedded hospital in Leicester, providing a holistic service for women between 18-65 with complex mental health needs that include: personality disorder; serious and enduring mental illness; co-morbidity; and a history of complex trauma.
Sturdee has a flexible pathway for patients, allowing for effective treatment following the principle of least restrictive practice. This pathway is facilitated by a full MDT and by the structure outlined below.

Rutland Ward

Rutland Ward provides a 15 bedded locked rehabilitation setting for patients whose risk to themselves requires more assertive management and who may be at the beginning of their rehabilitation journey. Treatment on Rutland Ward focuses on stabilisation and on acquiring skills that can lead to both emotional and practical independence.

Foxton Ward

This is a 7-bed step down unit within our locked rehabilitation service. It provides a ward for women who are progressing through their recovery pathway and demonstrating a reduced level of risk. Here, the women will continue to develop their skills and move towards our semi – independent flats or direct into community services. Treatment may include more exploratory psychological work aimed at integrating patients’ experiences and creating a more consistent stability. 

Aylestone Apartments

Aylestone provides an open setting where the women have their own flat and continue to develop their skills for independent living through individually tailored rehabilitation packages with a focus on accessing the community and developing a robust community support network.

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The Principles of the Sturdee Treatment Pathway

The treatment pathway at Sturdee Community Hospital is designed to complement each phase of the individual’s admission to the hospital and is tailored to meet specific needs at these different phases. Safe but least restrictive care is provided through robust risk assessment and management strategies throughout the individual’s stay and is underpinned by a comprehensive model of trauma recovery, based on the work of van der Kolk, Allen and Hermann. This comprises the stages of: Assessment; Stabilisation; Skills Acquisition; Processing and Integration; and Transition. These stages are reflected in both the physical environment at Sturdee and in the use of the Recovery Star to work collaboratively with patients to identify their current stage, and to create SMART goals for progress.
Patient progress is supported by an eclectic range of treatment options that include NICE recommended treatments: DBT Skills; Schema Focused Therapy; Mentalisation Based Therapy; CBT for Psychosis; Family Interventions.

There is an acknowledgement that, due to the enduring and long-term nature of many patients’ mental health problems, individuals may not make linear progress and therefore treatment should be responsive and cater to individual needs and the dynamics involved.

The principles of the Sturdee Pathway are underpinned by the use of a recovery model, ensuring that there are clear criteria for progress and that all care is as collaborative as possible.

Patient involvement

Throughout their pathway all patients are fully involved with its development, decision making processes & given responsibility for their own care through:

1. individual consultation with MDT members and named nurses; collaborative formulation
2. Recovery Star
3. CPA process
4. incremental skills acquisition.

Least restrictive care

The principle of least restrictive care is adhered to at all times, assisted by highly individualised risk management and full consultation with patients.

Treatment we offer

Sturdee Community Hospital provides a range of programmes designed to enable patients to take control of their own care plans and recovery process. These include:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Offence Focused Work
  • Trauma Focused Work
  • Schema Focused Therapy
  • Coping Strategy Enhancement
  • Psycho-Education Programme
  • Mentalisaton Based Treatment
  • Individual Psychotherapy
  • Medication Management
  • Substance Misuse Work
  • Family Interventions
  • Social Inclusion & Recovery
  • Occupational Therapy

Sturdee Apartments

About Sturdee Community Hospital Apartments


Sturdee Community Hospital works closely with the women in our care to meet their recovery and rehabilitation needs, allowing them to progress along a defined care pathway.  This is achieved by our multi-disciplinary team working with all service users, to develop an individualised package of care according to their specific needs.

We provide therapeutic and socially inclusive programmes according to the detailed care plan.  Through positive risk management we support our service users to access both community and unit based leisure activities, adult educational opportunities and vocational/work schemes.

Our multi-disciplinary team is fully committed to assisting each service user to attain their own potential through helping them to become more confident in their own personal development and where appropriate, encouraging individuals to learn new skills in achieving nationally recognised qualifications that may help secure future employment.

To date, a number of service users have completed, or are currently undertaking courses, provided by local colleges in subjects such as Art, Budgeting, Languages, I.T and Computing.

Sturdee Community Hospital has strong links with the local community and with local supported employment organisations  with the aim of assisting service users to find work or move closer to regular paid work through training, volunteering and placements on work schemes.

The emphasis of all care pathways is on inclusion. Care pathways have a holistic, multi-disciplinary approach based on individual need. All treatment is evidence based and our staff engage in continued professional development to ensure that the most up to date evidence base is utilised.

Care Pathways are short to medium term – and in the majority of cases length of stay is envisaged as being from 9 months to 2 years with a view to moving into a less secure community setting. This will mean different things for each individual and will range from living in a robust supported living environment to living independently with minimal input and support.

With 9 semi-independent apartments on-site, we have the facility to optimise a step down service and promote independence whilst still having the support mechanisms of a full multi-disciplinary team.
There is a significant emphasis on re-engagement within the local and wider community with a graded approach based on identified need.

Meet the Team

Our Multi-Disciplinary Team

A specifically recruited multi-disciplinary team (MDT) provides experience in working with this patient group. All diagnosis and individual care planning are based on robust assessment processes.

Individual psychological formulations are prepared for each service user to enable understanding of her specific needs and difficulties. All therapies delivered are evidence based and follow NICE guidelines and complies with national and organisational guideline procedures.

Hospital Director

Colette Warriner is a passionate Nurse who has amassed over 30 years of experience in many fields and across a multitude of countries with various awards bestowed for Health Care project leadership roles.
She has successfully commissioned 11 services throughout her career and has specialised in Autism and Women’s Services treating Personality Disorders. Colette has managed and commissioned Hospitals across all levels of security and Community Services during that time.
Colette’s last role was at Director level for Mental Health Services both inpatient and community for the NHS including Acute Services.
She has managed and mentored teams from varied health care settings to ensure superior patient care is delivered, compliant CQC ratings are achieved and daily operations of services function at optimal levels.
Colette’s leadership encompasses clinical aspects of health in addition to service & policy development. She is a motivated senior leader interested in working collaboratively with both internal and external stakeholders to transform care and provide positive outcomes.

Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist

Dr Tina Richardson has always been interested in Women’s Health, initially training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, before beginning her psychiatric career in Leicester University hospitals.  She obtained her MRCPsych in three years, then specialized in Forensic Psychiatry, joining the South Trent (Nottinghamshire University) training scheme as a specialist registrar. She then became an NHS Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist in 2004, which required the new development of the low secure and community forensic team. In addition, she established the Women’s service for low secure and community patients in Leicester. This post she held for over 10 years. Since that time, she has worked for private and NHS hospitals across all levels of security, mainly in personality disorder. She has published research and presented at Royal College of Psychiatry conferences and Forensic Faculty meetings. Her research interests are females with personality disorder and management of forensic patients in the community.

Head of Psychology

Beth Kavanagh graduated from Trinity College, Dublin in 1999 and has worked in the field of Forensic Mental Health since that time. She has worked with client groups who include men, women, young offenders, people with a severe and enduring mental illness, with a history of complex trauma, with personality disorders, and with dual diagnosis. She has worked in settings that include both medium and low secure hospitals, YOI and the community – delivering a psychological service to clients with complex mental health needs. She has worked in a Beacon Status Personality Disorder service, and has had a significant role in implementing the personality disorder pathway in Leicestershire. She has a special interest in personality development and disorder – and particularly on the impact of complex trauma on personality development.

Deputy Hospital Director

Nickey Breen has been a qualified RMN since 2001 and has held a myriad of roles within a wide range of both NHS and Private health care sectors and services and has gained diverse experience working with different patient groups in e.g. PICU, Low and Medium secure forensic, prison, High Dependency, CAMHS, female PD, Locked Rehabilitation and community services just to mention a few. He has also had the opportunity of experiencing working within the Channel Island for 2years in different services.
Over the past 15 years, Nickey has held different managerial and senior managerial roles which have included leading and managing teams and his niche has been in developing new initiatives and cultivating effective stakeholder relationships both internally and externally at a variety of levels and takes pride and passion in ensuring that high standards of care is delivered to service uses.
Prior to joining the team at Sturdee Hospital, Nickey was the Deputy Hospital Director and part of the team that successfully set up the new Community Rehabilitation Hospital in Sleaford and made considerable contribution towards bringing the service in alignment with CQC requirements.


Lead Occupational Therapist

Emma Batchelor graduated from Coventry University in 2009 and has worked in a variety of forensic and rehabilitation settings. She has worked with both male and female clients in services providing care for people with mental illness, Personality Disorder and Learning Disabilities. Her particular interest is working with female Personality Disorder and she has been instrumental in setting up the pathway of care here at Sturdee. Special projects have included leading on the development of a vocational pathway in a medium secure service providing a range of job roles for both men and women. In her current role she has helped to create close partnerships with local community services supporting the timely discharge of patients into the locality.

Contact us

Sturdee Community

58 – 62 Runcorn Road

Telephone: 0116 278 6991

Fax: 0116 277 8508

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Getting Here



Sturdee Hospital is 3 miles from junction 21 of the M1

At junction 21, exit onto A5460 toward Leicester

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At the roundabout, take the 4th exit onto Narborough Rd S/B4114

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Turn left onto Soar Valley Way/A563

Continue to follow A563

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Turn right onto Sturdee Rd

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Turn right onto Sturdee Cl

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Arrive: Runcorn Road, Leicester LE2 9FS, UK

Leicester Train Station, London Road, Leicester, UK is 3.8 miles from the hospital