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 Hospital (SH) offers a flexible environment designed to support each patient’s progress along their pathway.

For those individuals who are less settled and require lower levels of stimulus there is a 4 bedded self-contained suite. For those making active progress in their recovery the 12 bedded main provides more active individual and group treatment. Finally, the 9 semi-independent living apartment complex, for those patients who are working towards discharge.

Rutland Ward

12 bedded locked rehabilitation ward for patients exhibiting higher risks but engaging in the early stages of their recovery pathway

Knighton Unit

This is a 6 bed step down unit within our locked rehabilitation service for women who are progressing through their recovery pathway and demonstrating a reduced level of risk. Here the women will continue to develop independence skills and move towards our semi – independent flats or direct into community services.

Aylestone Apartments

9 semi-independent living flats with community lounge for patients preparing to return to the community or home environment

Typical Patient Profile

Admission Characteristics:

  • Female
  • Aged 18+
  • Personality Disorder
  • Complex Mental Health Needs
  • Challenging Behaviour
  • Significant Comorbidity
  • Historic Substance Misuse
  • Traumatic Histories
  • Significant Previous Management Problems
  • Contact with Criminal Justice System


  • Males
  • Primary Diagnosis of a Learning Disability
  • Active Substance Misuse
  • Eating Disorder
  • Moderate -Severe Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Excessively Aggressive Challenging Behaviour

Treatment Pathways

The Principles of the Sturdee Treatment Pathway

A pathway designed to complement each phase of recovery

A full Multi-Disciplinary Team with daily patient reviews to tailor each pathway in response to individual progress

Patient involvement

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

Least restrictive care

Patients are encouraged & rewarded with community access and incentives, such as gaining their own semi-independent living flat.

Safe care

Our MDT has a forensic background & employs a formal, structured risk management strategies to ensure patient safety & safe practice.

Risk management

Formal risk management with proven risk tools. Including the Short Term Assessment Risk and Treatability (START) & a RAG Risk Management System

Prison, Probation or Justice System

Medium Secure Hospital

Inmind or Other Low Secure Hospital

Acute, PICU or Mental Health Unit

Sturdee Hospital Locked Rehabilitation Unit

(Rutland Ward)

Sturdee Hospital Semi-Independent Living Unit

((Aylestone Apartments))

Sturdee Hospital Community Support Services

Treatment we Offer

Sturdee 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 Hospital 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 to assist 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.

Typical patient profile:

  • Female
  • 18-65 years of age
  • Primary diagnosis of mental illness
  • Currently an inpatient with the acute services at the Bradgate Mental Health Unit
  • Informal patient not subject to the Mental Health Act
  • Presents as low risk of self-injurious behaviour
  • Stabilised mental state and concordance with medication regime
  • Ability and willingness to apply activities of daily living including personal care, cleaning, shopping and cooking
  • Low to medium risk of self – neglect
  • Low risk of violence
  • Low risk of offending
  • Ability and willingness to function semi – independently in a community setting

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 evidenced based and follow NICE guidelines and complies with national and organisational guideline procedures.

Hospital Director

Allie Carr started her career as a Health Care Assistant and has progressed and developed her career within the independent sector with both women and young people. She graduated from the University of Nottingham as a Mental Health Nurse in 2007 and returned to work in the independent sector with women with mental illness, personality disorder and learning disabilities. In 2014 Allie became Modern Matron for the CAMHS secure services and was instrumental in building the service and opening a new 110 bed secure service for young people. Allie graduated from Birmingham University and the NHS Leadership Academy in 2015 with an MSc in Healthcare Leadership, she is passionate about fairness and equality within mental health and about providing positive care, leading to positive futures for the people whom she cares for.

Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist

Dr Jamil undertook postgraduate training in general adult psychiatry in Ireland before taking up specialist training in Forensic Psychiatry in the UK. He worked alongside recognised experts in the field of personality disorder, mental illness and women services and expanded his experience at all levels of secure services including prisons and community. His research interests include tele-psychiatry, trans-cultural psychiatry and deaf offenders. He is trained to deliver recognised evidence based therapies in MDT settings for clients with personality disorders and mental illnesses both at secure hospitals and prisons. He has presented topics of his clinical and forensic interests both nationally and internationally.

Head of Psychology

Our Head of Psychology 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.

Clinical Nurse Manager

Our Clinical Nurse Manager began her career as a nursing assistant at Carlton Hayes Hospital. She graduated from De Montfort University in March 1997. The next twelve years she spent working in PICU firstly as a staff nurse then as deputy ward manager. She briefly worked within the risk management team. She has a special interest in physical health in mental health services and in the management of acutely physically unwell individuals in this setting. She started working for Inmind in September 2012, and she was appointed as clinical nurse manager in April 2014.

Contact us

Sturdee Community

58 – 62 Runcorn Road

Telephone: 0116 278 6991

Fax: 0116 277 8508

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