At Huntercombe, we’ve been looking after people with mental health issues and/ or a learning disability for two decades.
We understand the stress and pain felt by patients and their families when a loved one is first diagnosed with a mental health condition or learning disability.
We also understand the particular difficulties posed by the prospect of dealing with a condition that is long term and which can bring someone into contact with the criminal justice system.
We run high-secure (“locked”), medium-secure and low-secure hospitals for patients who may pose a risk to themselves or other people. We also run “open” centres for patients preparing to return to the community.
Some of our patients arrive with a history of criminal offending. Others have been detained under the Mental Health Act.
Where appropriate, we offer men-only and women-only services.
Our aim is to reduce risk, encourage rehabilitation and help patients learn to cope with their condition.
We’re here to support patients to be as independent as they can and to live a life as healthy and fulfilling as possible.
We’re proud of the specialist doctors, nurses and therapists who do so much to change people’s lives for the better.
We help people with a wide range of needs:
We offer treatment to people with mental health problems who have been found guilty of criminal offences (known as “forensic” mental health services).
We believe that everyone should be able to lead a decent, happy life, free from the risk of recurring criminal behaviour.
Everyone receives a treatment plan that is uniquely tailored to their needs. Some people need very specialist treatments – for example, to deal with a history of drug addiction, sex offending or arson.
We help patients build on their own strengths so that they can prepare for a life that is fulfilling and law abiding.
We care for people with Autistic Spectrum Conditions. Some of our patients have been diagnosed as high functioning, others as low functioning. We treat people with Asperger’s syndrome, people with complex needs, people with learning difficulties and those who sometimes display challenging behaviour.
We offer a specialist service for patients with autistic spectrum conditions who arrive here with a history of criminal offending.
Our Psychiatric Intensive Care Units (“PICU”) are designed for people suffering a sudden mental health crisis.
This service is for patients experiencing severe mental distress, who pose a high level of risk to themselves or other people and who need immediate inpatient treatment.
Our experienced consultant psychiatrists, therapists and nurses help people recover from a wide variety of problems, including trauma, psychosis, behavioural and developmental disorders and post-traumatic stress disorders.
Patients can come to us confident that they will be comprehensively assessed and cared for by our multi-disciplinary team.
Once they have stabilised, we will draw up a long-term treatment plan, ideally with the help of the patient and his or her family.
Our aim is for patients to resume life outside hospital as soon as they can.
View our guides and factsheets on adult mental health and learning disability , and find link to other services.