Low Secure Services

Low Secure Learning Disability Hospital Care

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Our low secure learning disability services deliver intensive, comprehensive, multi-disciplinary rehabilitation treatment and care for adults with learning disabilities and complex conditions such as mental health problems, forensic histories and autism.

Our low secure hospitals accept patients from the Criminal Justice System, Psychiatric Intensive Care Units (PICU’s) or an Assessment and Treatment Unit (ATU).

Low secure services can also be used as a step down service where patients are transferred from a medium secure hospital facility and aim to take patients through a rehabilitation programme.

Lighthouse provides low secure learning disability care at the following hospitals:

  • The Woodhouse(Hawksmoor Unit) – 8 adult male beds in a low secure hospital unit setting. The
    Woodhouse is registered to provide low secure services with NHS England. The service at Hawksmoor provides support and care in a therapeutic environment for people with learning disabilities and complex needs.
  • Bradley Woodlands– 22 adult male/female beds in small, gender-specific apartments Bradley Woodlands is registered to provide low secure mental health care services with NHS England.

Each of our low secure hospitals provide a caring and safe environment that delivers specialist The Woodhouse (Hawksmoor Unit)- Low Secure Learning Disability Service in Staffordshireassessment, treatment and rehabilitation of individuals predominantly with forensic or offending backgrounds who require care in a low secure environment. By promoting an individual’s recovery and rehabilitation throughout their stay, we aim to reduce the risks posed so that ultimately they may leave our services to live independently or as independently as possible to meet their own needs. 

Individuals admitted to our low secure hospitals are assessed on a highly intensive and personalised basis by a dedicated team of clinical professionals. Our low secure services work to ensure that individual’s needs are assessed and treated effectively and we aim to manage risks posed to reduce further offending and support recovery throughout the person’s stay.

The multi-disciplinary clinical team includes clinical psychologists and assistants, forensic psychologists, consultant psychiatrists, nurses and support workers based at these locations that can provide inputs and treatment around the following elements:

  • Individually tailored recovery and rehabilitation pathways keeping length of stay to a minimum Bradley Woodlands, Low Secure Learning Disability Service in Grimsby
  • Robust risk assessment and management
  • Treatment delivered following My Shared Pathway
  • Positive risk taking
  • Strengths based approach
  • Positive behaviour management strategies
  • Care planned psychological therapies
  • Access to at least 30 hours of meaningful activity 7 days a week
  • Developing independent living skills and community engagement
  • A strong emphasis on safeguarding
  • Robust clinical governance
  • Access to independent advocacy
  • Strong multiagency and family partnerships to ensure a holistic package of care and pathway

The low secure units are intensively staffed and focus on challenging behaviour, rehabilitation and positive risk taking to reduce lengths of stay to be able to achieve safe discharges in a timely manner.

Our low secure learning disability services aim to deliver the following outcomes:

  • Improvements in mental health and patient symptoms
  • Effective management of behaviour
  • Reduction of risk
  • Preparation for successful step down
  • Good physical health
  • Improved self esteem and self worth
  • Social inclusion

Find out more about our low secure hospital services

To find out more about our low secure learning disability services, arrange a visit or to make a referral call our Key Relationships Manager- Janine Strange on 0800 954 2497, or make an enquiry online


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Typical patient profile of a Low Secure Unit 


Adults 18+


Typical patient profiles accessing our low secure services:

  • Primary Diagnosis of Learning Disability
  • Secondary diagnosis of complex mental health needs, personality disorder and autism
  • May present with forensic history
  • May have a history of violent and/ or challenging behaviour
  • Will present with historic risk factors
  • Must be detained under Mental Health Act (1983)

Typical referral route:

Referral via Criminal Justice System, Psychiatric Intensive Care Units, Assessment & Treatment Units. Also can be referred as part of a step down pathway from a medium secure hospital.