Huntercombe Hospital Stafford

Huntercombe Hospital Stafford is a Tier 4 Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHS) hospital for young people aged 12-18 with a diagnosed mental health condition.

We specialise in supporting young people with severe or complex mental health conditions who need intensive inpatient treatment.  We are dedicated to providing caring, supportive, recovery-focused treatment and we achieve this by working together with our young people, their families and other professionals.

Age range: Young people aged 12-18 years.

What we do

Our model of care is clinically led and has been put together by our doctors, nurses, psychologists, therapists, social worker and other experts in this field.  It also builds upon the feedback we have received from young people and their families about what matters to them.

We draw on a wide range of evidence to help inform how we treat and support every young person we care for.  A genuine person-centred approach sits at the heart of our model because no two individuals share exactly the same needs, hopes and challenges.

There are three separate units on our Stafford site spread across two buildings: Wedgwood, Hartley and Thorneycroft.  Each unit has its own dedicated Consultant-led Multi-Disciplinary Team who are experts in looking after and treating young people with severe, enduring and complex mental health conditions.

We have our own Ofsted registered school on site so our young people can continue with their studies while receiving treatment, provided they are well enough to attend.

The setting for our eating disorder service is the original country manor house on our Stafford site.  Our eating disorders service provides a safe, therapeutic, supportive and structured environment for young people who are struggling to recover from their eating disorder in the community.  We support our young people to maintain a healthy weight and work with them to help them change their thinking, feelings and behaviour. 

Our Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)is located on the ground floor of a purpose built building directly adjacent to the main manor house. Our PICU service is for young people who are at immediate risk of harming themselves or others and where the risk is at such a high level that they cannot be safely managed elsewhere.  We work collaboratively with our young people to reduce risks, to help them develop coping skills and to help them move to a less restrictive setting as quickly as possible.

Following a short stay in a PICU ward, some young people are discharged first to a general adolescent unit (GAU) for ongoing treatment.

This ward is located on the first floor of our purpose-built building. This service is for young people who have either a long-standing complex mental health condition or a short-term acute episode.  Our approach follows the Recovery Model and has three key components: understanding attachment, creating a structured environment and following a Positive Behaviour Support Model.  With full team support we help our young people and their families find positive ways to cope and to recover.

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Conditions we manage

We look after boys and girls aged 12-18 years with a diagnosed mental health condition, such as:

  • Anorexia Nervosa
  • Anxiety Disorder
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Depression
  • Mood Disorders
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Psychosis
  • Schizoaffective Disorder
  • Undiagnosed Emerging Personality Disorder (UEPD)

It is not uncommon for the young people we admit to have more than one mental health condition, for example, an eating disorder along with an anxiety disorder.

Some of our young people are detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 (amended 2007).

No beds available

Call 01785 840000

Huntercombe Hospital Stafford
Ivetsey Bank
Wheaton Aston
ST19 9QT

'With your help my mind-set has changed and I feel finally free from an illness that had me gripped. Thank you all so much for supporting me through challenging times and difficult meals and helping me to come out stronger on the other side.'


  • 36 bedrooms split over three wards
  • Ofsted registered on-site school
  • High intensity suite
  • Occupational therapy kitchen
  • Gym
  • Outdoor sports area, including a basketball court
  • Three cabins for therapy, keep fit and a multi-faith cabin
  • Minibus for outings and appointments

You are a wonderful team

Hartley Team, Thank you so much for allowing me onto your ward, I have thoroughly enjoyed my time and I wish I didn’t have to go.  You are a wonderful team and I can’t thank you enough for teaching me what you have and putting your trust in me to practice my skills.  See you…

You and all the staff have shown her sensitivity, professionalism and skill

I want to thank you Dr Gore very sincerely for what you and all the staff have done to help her make sense of what has happened to her as a result of anorexia and to show her the healthy path of nutrition and hydration.  There is no doubt that she has been through and…

I appreciate every single thing

Dear Dr Umair, I can’t thank you enough for all you have done for me, you have really been there for me when I needed you! I am really sad I may never see you again, you have such a caring and kind heart, so thank you so much for all your hard work.  I…

You have been absolutely amazing to me

Thank you for being present when I really needed you.  You have done so much for me to help me beat my disorder, you have been absolutely amazing to me. You’ve made me feel more confident and happier! Thank you ever so much everyone!

You have helped me ever so much

Dear Dr Gore, thank you for caring for me, I really appreciate your hard work and care. I am really happy you have been there for me my whole journey at Wedgwood. Thank you!  I can’t wait to go home feeling happy. You have helped me ever so much!

I feel finally free from an illness that had me gripped

I just wanted to let you know how grateful I am for all the care you have given me over the last six months. With your help my mind-set has changed and I feel finally free from an illness that had me gripped.  Thank you all so much for supporting me through challenging times and…

Visiting us

Huntercombe Hospital Stafford
Ivetsey Bank
Wheaton Aston
ST19 9QT

Tel: 01785 840000

Our location:

  • Located on the A5 just a few miles from Junction 12 of the M6, 10 miles from Stafford and 21 miles from Telford
  • Telford and Stafford stations are both close by
  • Birmingham International Airport (35 miles)
  • Free on-site parking

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University of Wolverhampton

University of Wolverhampton is a large UK university based in the West Midlands, offering undergraduate degrees and post-graduate courses across four faculties.

Staffordshire University

Staffordshire University has one main campus in Stoke-on-Trent and three other campuses in Stafford, Lichfield and Shrewsbury.