Sturdee Community

The Sturdee Community Independent Hospital provides a comprehensive rehabilitation package to service users with complex mental health needs who require a locked facility.

Rehabilitation is supported by a full multi-disciplinary team and is underpinned by use of the Recovery Model of care. We believe that community integration is of primary importance and strive for inclusion with our service user population.

All care pathways are individualised and developed in collaboration with the service user, utilising My Shared Pathway.

The hospital caters for both men and women and provides gender specific services, ensuring equality of care.



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Sturdee Community Rehabilitation Hospital

Sturdee Community Rehabilitation Hospital

58 – 62 Runcorn Road

Reception telephone: 0116 278 6991
Office Fax: 0116 277 8508
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Nearest Train Station: Leicester

Bus: Turn right out of the railway station on London Road. Bear right onto st George's Way. Cross over the road onto the left side of Charles Street, across Northampton Street (still on Charles St) continue to next turning left onto Rutland Street. Wait at stand EK for bus 88 or 88a (approx every 10 minutes) Get off bus at community centre in Hillsborough Road turn right onto Runcorn Rd.

Car: Leave M1 at junction 21, then at roundabout take 3rd exit onto the A5460 Signposted Fosse Park, Leicester.  Branch left, then at roundabout take 1st exit onto the A563.  Signposted Ring Road, Leicester South and East.  At Fosse Park Junction continue forward onto the A563.  Signposted Outer Ring, Leicester South and East.  At Soar Valley Way, traffic signals continue forward onto the A563.  Signposted Ring Road.  Turn right onto Sturdee Road.  Turn right onto Garnett Crescent.  Turn left onto Runcorn Road.


Who is our
service for

  • Adults  - both male and female - aged between 18-65 with a formal diagnosis of Mental Disorder, as  described in the amendment to the Mental Health Act (2007).
  • Level of risk should require a locked facility but not be of a level that requires secure provision.
  • All service users admitted should be able, with appropriate support, to access community services and benefit from a programme of rehabilitation.
  • Prepared to engage with services and have an active involvement in treatment


Sturdee Community is a mixed environment with extensive facilities:

  • 14 male en-suite bedrooms
  • Numerous lounge areas           
  • 6 female en-suite bedrooms
  • Female only lounge
  • Therapy rooms                             
  • Games room
  • Rehabilitation kitchens
  • 10 semi-independent apartments with fully equipped  kitchens and bathrooms

The service is located near all local community facilities including easy access to transport links.

Our approach

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 staff ensure 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 10 self-contained flats 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.

care pathway &
length of stay

Care Pathway & Length of Stay

Our aim:is to work closely with the men and women in our care to meet their recovery and rehabilitation needs, allowing them to progress along a defined care pathway.

Our approach: We work with all service users to develop an individualised package of care according to their specific needs. We set clear timescales for recovery and a full breakdown of cost, with anticipated cost reductions as the person reaches their recovery milestones.

Sturdee Community has an effective Recovery and Social Inclusion Programme that enables service users to access both community and unit based leisure activities, adult educational opportunities and vocational/work schemes.

The hospital care team is fully committed to assisting each service user to attain 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.

Links have also been made with local Supported Employment organisations  with the aim to assist service users to find work or move closer to regular paid work through training, volunteering and placements on work schemes.

Outcomes: Whilst each person’s journey is different, the average length of stay at Sturdee Community is expected to be be 12 -18 months. We receive excellent CQC outcomes and our service user surveys and consultation reflect positively on the service.

Below is an example of a care pathway and specialist interventions.


Treatment &

Treatment & Activities

Sturdee Community is an important part of the mental health community in Leicester, providing a reliable service to local mental health teams. Regular training sessions maintain the team's skills base and ensure best practice is adhered to. Each multidisciplinary group has developed a unique treatment pathway through the service.

Discipline Specific Treatment Plans 

Each discipline within the multidisciplinary team uses a range of proven interventions to promote recovery.

Weekly Activities

Our assertive recovery approach means that everyone is encouraged to participate in at least 25 hours of meaningful activity each week. This is in addition to their specific clinical and therapeutic interventions.

A sample timetable below shows a typical week of activities during the tenth month at Sturdee Community. Every timetable is individualised to meet specific needs at each different stage of recovery.




Our Team

The multidisciplinary team at Sturdee Community is supported by Registered Mental Health Nurses  and healthcare support workers.

Find out more about us.

Hospital Director: James Mullins

James began his caring career at the age of 16, working as a health care assistant before embarking on and completing his registered nurse training in both the adult and mental health branches.  

He has worked in a variety of settings including care of the elderly, Neuro-surgery, substance misuse and most recently within Forensic mental health services.  James began his managerial career within the mental health Inreach team at HMP Bedford before promotion to a countywide role which meant responsibility for leadership across the inpatient, police stations, courts and community forensic services in Bedfordshire.

James has been published in various nursing and professional journals and is a current member of the Royal College of Nursing criminal justice services steering committee.  He also has a role of visiting lecturer to the University of Bedfordshire & University of Buckinghamshire teaching on the ‘Care of mentally disordered offenders’ module.

Throughout his career, James has led others through change and has had a strong focus on patient safety, patient care and quality outcomes.

Forensic Psychologist: Beth Kavanagh

Beth 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.

Beth 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.

In a previous role Beth has also been responsible for conducting risk assessments of adults involved in child safeguarding proceedings for social services in Leicester and Leicestershire.

Beth 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.

Social Worker: Cheryl Mason

Cheryl joined the In Mind group in September 2012.  She graduated with a First Class Honours Degree in Applied Social Work in November 2006.  Cheryl previously worked for Nottinghamshire County Council in a team for adults with Asperger’s Syndrome.  Cheryl has a strong sense of Social Work values and ethics and enjoys contributing to a multi Disciplinary Team.

She began her Social Work career working in a Community Mental Health team in South Derbyshire primarily working to facilitate discharge from mental health wards and private hospitals, and putting together support packages in the community.  Cheryl worked with individuals who were experiencing severe and enduring mental health problems to ensure that their social care needs were represented.  In 2008 she moved to a newly established team in Nottinghamshire working with adults with Asperger’s Syndrome.  Being with the team from its inception has meant she has hands on experience of developing a service and her role within it.  As this team was a specialist service Cheryl undertook a Post Graduate Qualification in Asperger’s Syndrome and presented at national conferences regarding establishing specialist services.  The team covered the entire county of Nottinghamshire and Cheryl worked with a high caseload of complex and challenging individuals, often with no multi disciplinary input.  She is experienced in Safeguarding and Mental Capacity work and has enjoyed offering supervision to her colleagues.

Occupational Therapist: Steve MacDonald

Steve is a registered Occupational Therapist with the HPC and a member of the British Association of Occupational Therapists.  Steve has a variety of work and life experience that has lead to his development as a mental health practitioner.

Steve has set and achieved a number of personal challenges.  Among other adventures he became the first registered disabled person to circumnavigate Britain by sea kayak, paddled across the channel to France in a Dragon boat, and crossed the Australian Outback with Camels.  Steve states that by organising and leading these expeditions, he has gained an appreciation of the journey both external and internal as a means of recovery which has helped to develop his philosophy for working with others.

In the late ‘90s Steve secured lottery funding for and then established a National Charity Project with the aims of facilitating adventurous and creative journeys for adults with mental illness and or learning disability in order to promote confidence, new skills, healthier lifestyles and lasting memories that encouraged change.

Academically, Steve has combined a Psychology degree from the University of London with a first class honours degree in Occupational Therapy from Oxford Brookes University which along with his time as a Senior OT in the NHS has allowed him to develop as a Mental Health Professional.  Steve is now adding to a post graduate management qualification by studying for a Masters degree in ‘Improving Healthcare Practice’ which he feels will assist him in supporting service developments.


HONOS Outcomes Scores – Q3

HONOS scores are calculated prior to each individual services users Care Programme Approach meeting.

Sturdee HONOS Outcome Scores


Average Length of Stay – Q3

Sturdee: Average Length of stay


Discharge destinations - 2013

Sturdee: Discharge destination


Recovery Star Outcomes Scores – Q3

Sturdee: Recovery Star Outcomes Scores

Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements – Q3

Service users who are subject to MAPPA are engaged with the service lead in order to manage the restrictions that they are placed under. The service lead notifies the local area MAPPA board when they are admitted and whether any changes are made in regards to Section 17 leave or deterioration in behaviour/mental state.

At present, we have one male service user who is subject to MAPPA. The service lead liaises with the Leicester MAPPA board and local constabulary with regards to future planning and discharge arrangements.