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Ash Villa is a 13 bedded acute inpatient unit for young people aged 13 to 18 years, who are experiencing acute or complex mental health difficulties and their needs cannot be met by a community treatment package of care. The unit provides support for both males and females.

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What is inpatient care?

Young people are admitted into our inpatient unit when the nature and severity of the mental health needs indicate a requirement for more intensive treatment than the community services are designed to provide. Community and inpatient services generally work together before and during an admission into the unit in order to plan the discharge together. Generally the young people who use the inpatient services return home after a period of assessment and treatment, under the supervision of the local community team.

Our team / facilities

The dedicated multi-skilled team assigned to work at Ash Villa includes:

  • Consultant psychiatrist
  • Specialist doctor
  • Nurses
  • Nursing assistants
  • Psychologists
  • Art therapist
  • Occupational therapist
  • Activity coordinator
  • Discharge liaison nurse
  • Administrative staff.

In addition to our dedicated team, we have a range of facilities available at Ash Villa to enable our staff to provide you the best care during your treatment and recovery at the unit. Some of these services include:

  • Single bedroom
  • Single sex lounge
  • Multi-faith / prayer area
  • School on site
  • Gym
  • Occupational therapy kitchen
  • Family / visitors' rooms
  • Indoor and outdoor space for recreation
  • Art room
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Quiet room
  • Varied time-table of activities (both on and off-site)
  • Patient involvement opportunities
  • Petra - Ash Villa's resident pet dog.

What can you expect at Ash Villa?

Young person speaking to a member of staffOnce any young person is admitted into the unit, their needs will be assessed and they will be able to access various group and individual therapies. Our teams will work with the young person and their carer or parent to develop an appropriate plan of care, which will list a clear set of goals which are to be met.

There will be regular reviews, typically at 72 hours, 2 weeks and 6 weeks to ensure the care provided is in the least restrictive setting and once the goals set as part of the care plan are met, we will consider whether the young person is ready for a discharge. After discharge needs of the young person will be discussed and planned for at this time.

The types of therapies available at Ash Villa include:

  • Solution focused therapy
  • Dialectical behaviour therapy
  • Compassion focused therapy
  • Attachment work
  • Family work
  • Cognitive behaviour therapy
  • Body Image group
  • EMDR (Eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing)
  • Occupational therapy


Young person playing guitarA referral is often made by a health professional from one of the community teams working with the young person. The final decision for admission to go ahead is based on a variety of factors and will consider things such as the level of support required for a young person. Upon receiving the referral, usually an assessment meeting is arranged with the young person to attend with their parents or carers. The young person will have an opportunity to look around the unit and meet the team as part of a planned assessment. Sometimes the assessment may happen in the young person's home. Following the assessment, an admission is offered to the family if the clinician feels that to be in the best interests of the young person. There may be some occasions where an urgent admission will take place through clinical discussions between the medical and nursing staff. The family will still be notified about the outcome and the admission plan.

Some comments by young people and staff at Ash Villa

Ash Villa Music Group

Great therapy dog, when she comes into the room she can change everyone’s mood. - young person

I feel like the support is better this time than on my previous admission. - young person

Safe, nurturing environment. - young person

School is good – lots of facilities. - young person

Good training opportunities for staff. - staff nurse

I like the quiet room – it helps when I’m feeling distressed. - young person

Supportive management and staff are listened to. - nursing assistant