About Woodleigh Community Hospital
Woodleigh Community provides rehabilitation for men and women with ongoing mental health needs who may have a history of being difficult to place.
As an open community hospital, residents at Woodleigh Community are encouraged to use local community services and we support residents detained under the Mental Health Act to use their Section 17 leave in a structured and meaningful way. We actively support positive risk management in relation to this.
Woodleigh has a 15 year track record of supporting individuals who have ongoing mental health needs and require support to live in the community. Our aim is to develop individualised packages of care that enhance independence and improve quality of life.
We provide therapeutic and socially inclusive programmes according to an agreed care plan. We have strong links with local voluntary schemes and College placements.
Our dually qualified and trained nurses support and monitor those with ongoing physical health problems alongside their mental health needs. We take a holistic view in which good physical health is crucial to an individual’s mental health recovery. We are particularly proud of our ability to manage complex treatment plans and the associated side effects of people taking Clozapine.
Our multidisciplinary team uses a range of proven interventions to promote recovery and comprises:
- Occupational Therapy
- Activity Co-ordination
Our Hospital Manager set up The Woodleigh Community 15 years ago as she was convinced those with ongoing and complex mental health and physical health needs could live in a community setting with a high level of support and input. This has been very successful and in addition she also manages Beech Manor, which offers a consistent care pathway for residents as they are well known to the staff team. She qualified as an RGN and RMN in 1982 and 1986, has completed a Dip in Prof Studies, has the Registered Managers Award and completed a BSc(Hons) in Health Studies and Business Management. She has held senior roles in the NHS and Independent sector and enjoys combining her extensive clinical and management skills to provide effective care.
She this year completed the practitioner course in MBT at Anna Freud Institute, London. This training has helped support the recovery process of those with personality difficulties who have been moved into the community.
Consultant Clinical Psychologist
Our highly experienced Consultant Clinical Psychologist has a special interest in personality disorders and offending behaviours. She has been practicing as a Clinical Psychologist for over 14 years, having trained at the Institute of Psychiatry. She has worked in a variety of settings including prison mental health care, high secure and medium secure hospitals, open inpatient units and community services. She specialises in the assessment and treatment of complex patients with multiple diagnoses, personality disorder and forensic histories.
She has spent the majority of her career working for the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust, initially developing and delivering psychological treatment to mentally disordered offenders on an open rehabilitation unit. She then progressed to a pilot DSPD (Dangerous and Severe Personality Disorder) service where she designed and delivered a specialist treatment and assessment program in medium secure and community settings, in addition to specialised staff recruitment, training and supervision programs. She also has experience in Learning Disability inpatient and community services.
Deputy Manager and Mental Health Act administrator
In May 2000 Our Deputy Manager and Mental Health Act administrator was appointed Mental Health Act Administrator at Woodleigh. She attained a distinction in Mental Health Law, Policy and Practice Certificate Course in May 2003 and was awarded the Postgraduate Diploma in October 2006 with Northumbria Law School at the University of Northumbria at Newcastle. In November 2009 she achieved a Level 5 in management studies with the Institute of Leadership and Management [ILM] through Croydon College. She was appointed Deputy Manager in 2007. She is responsible for organising the statutory training programme and for developing and maintaining high standards in all areas of the service.
Clinical Nurse Manager
Our Clinical Nurse Manager qualified as a RGN in 1983 and her RMN Mental Health training in 2009. She has been at The Woodleigh Community for the past 15 years and was promoted to Clinical Nurse Manager in 2012.
As clinical lead, she supervises an experienced team in delivering a person centred approach based on the Recovery Star model. She is able to use her RGN skills as many mental health residents have ongoing physical healthcare conditions e.g. diabetes, blood disorders, cardiac abnormalities. She is actively involved with GP’s and the detailed auditing governance at Woodleigh.
In addition, she has undertaken outreach work with ex-residents to maintain their stability in the community.
Our Occupational Therapist with 9 years clinical experience in mental Health and before qualifying, 9 years experience in Physical Disabilities. She has worked in both community and rehabilitation settings. Her main expertise is in rehabilitation, providing a service specific to each of our service users which promotes wellness and recovery. She uses MOHOST as the main model for service provision in both settings. She has excellent links with organisations in the community having worked in Croydon for many years. She joined the Woodleigh community team in August 2013 and she also works with the Beech Manor team on a sessional basis.
Senior Support Worker and Rehabilitation Officer
Our Senior Support Worker and Rehabilitation Officer joined the company in 2006 as a part time Support Worker and a year later was promoted to her current post.
As Rehabilitation Officer she works alongside the residents in helping them with community based activities designed to promote their daily living skills and encourage independence. Her job provides great satisfaction especially when residents develop new skills and her role also involves support and supervision of the Support Workers.
Our full time Support Worker at Woodleigh enjoys helping residents with their room management and activities of daily living and has regular 1:1s with her designated residents.
Her training record is up to date. She completed the safe handling of medicines training last year and is currently studying for her L3 in Health & Social Care.