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.

Sturdee Hospital is a 33 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 16 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 beginning to acquire skills that can lead to both emotional and practical independence.

Knighton Unit

This is a 4-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.

The Principles of the Sturdee Treatment Pathway

The treatment pathway at Sturdee 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 – this is underpinned by use of the Short Term Assessment Risk and Treatability and of a Traffic Light system of risk management that has been developed specifically for Sturdee with rehabilitation in mind.

Stages are based on work by Van der Kolk, Allen, and Hermann relating to safe and effective treatment pathways.  There is an acknowledgement that individuals may move back as well as forwards during treatment and that treatment should be individualised and therefore any treatment pathway must take this into account and strict adherence at the expense of appropriate care for the individual should not occur.

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: individual consultation with MDT members and named nurses; collaborative formulation; Recovery Star; CPA process; 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 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

Richard Clark is a registered Occupational Therapist with 23 years’ experience working in specialist healthcare services. He has a depth of experience working across security levels ranging from medium secure to open as well as psychiatric intensive care services. This includes managing services for men, women and adolescents with a range of diagnoses such as neurological conditions, learning difficulties, autistic spectrum disorder, mental illness and personality disorder

Richard has developed a number of new services including opening an adolescent acquired brain injury unit and a brand-new hospital for women which achieved a good CQC rating across the board within 15 months.

He has successfully managed and developed large multi-professional teams and is committed to high quality patient-centred care, working closely with commissioners, regulatory bodies and peer reviewers to monitor and continuously improve standards. He has written and delivered specialist training courses for post-graduates on acquired brain injury and presented his work at both national and international conferences.

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.

Director of Clinical Services

Tejal Solanki qualified as a Registered Mental Health Nurse, over 8 years ago, at De Montfort University. Tejal started her career as a Staff Nurse at St Andrew’s Healthcare and progressed to a Nurse Manager. In this time Tejal opened a brand new low-secure ward and also took an underachieving ward and improved its rating in a short period of time to that of good by working closely with the CQC.

In 2018 Tejal played a key role in opening a brand-new Woman’s Mental Health Hospital owned by Cygnet Healthcare. She has experience working in a range of settings within mental health including medium secure, low secure, Psychiatric Intensive Care, locked rehab, eating disorders and specialist personality disorder units for both male and female patients.

Tejal has a passion for ensuring that patients are always placed at the centre of their care and least restrictive practice principles are the heart of the service.

Business Development Manager

Seema Chaudry has worked for over 20 years in healthcare and remains committed and passionate about enhancing service users’ lives by enabling them to access the most appropriate care, as close to home as possible in a timely and seamless manner.

She has a thorough understanding of the commissioning landscape and, importantly, understands the key challenges faced by funders and commissioners when looking for appropriate specialist placements. Years of working in the healthcare sector have enabled her to build strong relationships across a national NHS footprint.

Seema has joined Sturdee Hospital  to support the clinical and operational teams to enhance existing and future care pathways within the specialist domain of Female PD in order to ensure that both referrers and ultimately service users and their carers have access to the most meaningful, effective and appropriate care.

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