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Beds available

This is a picture of the environment on Foster Ward.

We provide engaging care programmes for older men with enduring mental health problems and challenging behaviour.

Active rehabilitation and improved quality of life are achieved through a comprehensive forensic care pathway from medium to low secure and locked.


Who we care for

We care for older men (aged 55+) with enduring mental illness and complex/challenging behaviour as a result of psychotic illness, mood and anxiety disorders, personality disorder and patients with cognitive impairment (with a secondary diagnosis of dementia).


Rehabilitation and recovery in therapeutic settings

We aim to maximise patients’ quality of life by treating them in the least restrictive environment possible. Where appropriate, patients are encouraged to take responsibility for their own treatment, within the My Shared Pathway framework. We aim to provide a safe, supportive and containing living and working environment.


Maximising therapeutic opportunities and promoting quality of life

We use the RAID (Reinforce Appropriate and Implode Disruptive) approach to manage behaviour.  We have a dedicated psychologist who provides both individual and group sessions.  Our multidisciplinary team (MDT) delivers 25 hours of activity per week, including psychology, nursing and occupational therapy and speech and language therapy.

Physical health and wellbeing is a crucial part of our comprehensive care programmes. Dual trained adult and mental health professionals work alongside our dedicated physical health team with access to general practitioner (GP), geriatrician, practice nurse, physiotherapy, dietetics, dental and podiatry services.



With over 120 acres of inspiring, spacious green grounds, patients have access to an environment which is perfect for recovery and improving quality of life. Patients access a variety of activities both within St Andrew's and also in the local community.

Our living environments are comfortable and welcoming. Patients can use therapy rooms for crafts and hobbies, therapy kitchens and communal areas for social activities with other patients.


Discharge plans

Discharge is considered at admission and our clinical and social work teams work with local teams to manage transition into the community or supported accommodation.