Secure learning disability services for women

St Andrew’s provides learning disability services for women in gender-specific rehabilitation and recovery environments.

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An admission, treatment and rehabilitation service for women with learning disabilities.
A treatment and rehabilitation service for womem with learning disability.


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Therapy programmes are tailored to patients’ individual needs and interests.  We aim to support patients in moving in to community based services once they leave our care.  Our therapy programmes are supported by education, vocational training, work experience and community facilities.

Our learning disability services for women are based at our Northampton site, set in 135 acres of landscaped parkland.  Patients are offered:

  • outdoor gardens, offering excellent therapeutic environments
  • therapy rooms and kitchens, to promote skills for everyday living
  • games rooms to enhance social interaction
  • specialist educational facilities to develop patients’ literacy and academic skills
  • visitor spaces, enabling safe areas for family visits.

We have a full-time, onsite multidisciplinary team (MDT), including psychiatrists, psychologists, occupational therapists (OT), speech and language therapists (SALT), social workers and nurses.  Our services have a 10 to 20% higher staff ratio compared to non-specialist services.


A therapeutic culture

Our treatment programmes incorporate the principles of the RAID (Reinforce Appropriate and Implode Disruptive) model of positive, meaningful engagement and reinforcement.

Total communication aids and enhances each patient’s communicative strengths and needs.  We value all forms of verbal and non-verbal communication, which can include sign-language, symbols and photos.


The therapeutic programme includes:

  • psychology, including dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT),
  • sensory integration
  • total communication approaches
  • occupational therapy
  • speech and language therapy (SALT)
  • social workers who support family contact and transition to community facilities
  • education (TEACHH)
  • vocational opportunities in our activity centre and at Workbridge.

Each patient is offered over 25 hours of therapeutic activity each week.


Discharge plans

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

St Andrew’s offers highly bespoke community care packages to support very complex patients.  This would be discussed and agreed with the commissioner in advance.

CQC and Quality Network feedback



  • Sitwell
Treating people with respect and involving them in their care
Meets requirements
Providing care, treatment and support that meeting people’s needs
Improvements requested
Caring for people safely and protecting them from harm
Meets requirements
Meets requirements
Quality and suitability of management
Meets requirements