Men's Mental Health

A male enhanced rehabilitation and recovery ward for men with challenging behaviour aged between 18 and 65 years old.

Ashby is a 16 bed, enhanced rehabilitation unit for men with enduring mental illness located in Northampton. The ward accepts and cares for patients with complex mental health problems as well as challenging behaviour, substance misuse problems and those with a forensic history.

Using a bio-psychosocial model, we help patients to maximise their potential through a multi-disciplinary team approach. The ward offers a minimum of 25 hours per week of meaningful therapeutic activities, individualised to each patient.

A modern, spacious living area

An activity room for creative therapies

Ward gym including cardiovascular equipment

A bright and modern dining area

All single bedrooms have en-suite wet rooms

Admissions criteria

Males aged between 18-65 with a primary diagnosis of mental illness, who may have other difficulties including: 

  • challenging behaviour
  • forensic histories 
  • complex emotional and mental health issues

Patients will have been detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 (as amended 2007)

These criteria are a guide for assessing suitability. Each patient will be individually assessed by our dedicated team.

Treatment and care

Patients are offered the opportunity to develop their own treatment programmes in conjunction with the MDT.  Personalisation is core to the therapeutic programme, recognising the patient's interests, preferences, levels of functioning and needs. Occupational therapists also place great emphasis on supporting engagement within the local community. Therapy may include:

  • daily living skills (personal care, laundry, room tidy, social skills and kitchen skills including baking)
  • sensory integration
  • vocational skills (through our public facing vocational pathway Workbridge,work placements and volunteering within the local community)
  • leisure skills (music, relaxation, project group, arts and crafts) 



 In this newly refurbished unit, patients will benefit from:

  •  single bedrooms with en-suite wet rooms
  • acoustic artwork in key communal areas to absorb noise pollution
  • a gym - including cardiovascular equipment
  • access to calming and tranquil outdoor space with soft surface flooring
  • separate living and dining rooms
  • a therapy kitchen and laundry room
  • treatment and therapy spaces
  • a games room and a quiet room
Moving on

On admission, a Care Coordinator and multi-disciplinary team are assigned and at that point a discharge plan is put in place. The patient's holistic care plan covers contact with the home area team in preparation for discharge planning.

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