Brain injury - locked transitional living

A 6-bed locked unit for adults who are recovering from an acquired / traumatic brain injury and require on-going programmes of care in a transitional environment to help them reintegrate in to community.

Berkeley Lodge is an adult Transitional Living unit, located in a quiet residential area close to Northampton town centre.  We provide continuous support and interventions to address a range of behavioural and cognitive issues, and test people’s on-going recovery in a community setting, and in a group environment. 

Our patients develop a framework of skills that allows them to re-integrate with their community 

From the moment of admission our team focus on individual goal-planning with each patient, and agree on specific behaviours to develop or reduce.  

Our community-based structure further supports patient progress by testing and consolidating their daily living skills, cognition and behavioural management in a safe environment, with the support of a full MDT.  They can then continue their recovery back in their local area.

Admissions criteria

We support adults who are aged over 18 and have: 

  • a formal psychiatric or neurological diagnosis
  • a history of acquired brain injury
  • co-morbid physical or mental health needs
  • a history of emotional and behavioural difficulties including aggression tounits others and who are considered a risk to themselves or others
  • difficulties with self-regulation and control
  • problems in interpersonal relationships
  • a history of treatment resistance
  • a history of non-compliance with prescribed medication
  • been detained under either civil or criminal provisions of the Mental Health Act 1983 (amended 2007).
Re-experiencing success

Our therapeutic programme is designed to create a reinforcing environment where individuals experience success through achievable goals and regular opportunities for learning.  Within Berkeley Lodge the emphasis is on experiencing community-based living and testing progress in a patient's recovery. 

In partnership with patients our MDT construct programmes of enablement that allow progress through our system of units to a place of least restriction, and utilise a full range of psychological and occupational therapy programmes which:

>  are highly structured and tailored to the individual
>  provide constant guidance and support
>  reinforce appropriate behaviour and skills
>  cater for those with intensive, complex acute needs
>  support patients towards the end of their recovery journey
>  are delivered by an extensive full-time team
>  offer individual and group therapy experiences
>  address functional and behavioural issues
>  support communication, movement, self-care, dis-inhibition and aggression

The goals of interventions at Berkeley Lodge are to help patients prepare for community re-integration and greater independence, and to:

>  ensure the safety of the patient and others
>  provide a MDT assessment strengths and needs
>  provide a formulation plan that will inform risk management and care planning
>  offer the optimal opportunities for positive behaviour and achievement of skills
>  offer individual and group therapies
>  ensure skill development and an enhanced quality of life
>  support a move to a less secure setting / closer to their own home

Our facilities 

Our unit environment is designed to support the therapeutic and social needs of our patients, and includes; 

  • 6 bedrooms, including disabled access
  • Fully operational community housing, including kitchen and laundry facilities
  • Garden with patio and lawn area
  • a lounge area with satellite TV, DVD and stereo 

Patients also have access to our 140-acre campus, including; 

  • indoor and outdoor gyms
  • a number of patient café’s
  • 2 x swimming pools
  • access to Workbridge vocational services (find out more here)
  • library
  • extensive primary healthcare facilities, including an on-site GP, dental services and podiatry service, supported by a Practice Nurse team
  • A chapel and multi-faith facilities
  • hairdresser
  • extensive landscaped grounds


Next steps

Our Discharge Co-ordinators begins discharge planning from the point of admission.  Working with our clinical and social work teams they formulate plans and liaise with appropriate case managers to support a smooth transition. 

Typically patients will spend 9-18 months on Berkeley Lodge before moving along our care pathway to a less-restrictive environment or returning to their home area.

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