Ballington House Hospital for women only, Leek, Staffordshire 

Ballington House is a 10 bed mental health rehabilitation hospital that provides services for women with complex mental health needs.

The service benefits from a multi-disciplinary team of support workers, nurse, psychologist, occupational therapist and a psychiatrist and can support those who require intensive locked rehabilitation in a hospital environment. The hospital is registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC), and able to accept women detained under the Mental Health Act (1983).

Ballington House Mental Health Hospital living accomodation

Apartment based living & social spaces 

The environment at Ballington House is a unique aspect of the service with care provided in one of six apartments which offer single and two person accommodation. The apartments create  a domestic living environment that encourages people to be responsible for maintaining their own living space.

The apartments provide a structured, safe and private environment to help reinforce social boundaries.

In addition to the apartments, Ballington House has communal areas such as the conservatory to help the individual to socialise and forge relationships. 

“You can be yourself here and I can be more independent. You can talk whenever you want and it makes it more relaxed. I don’t feel under pressure here.”

Sarah, Ballington House

Specialist private mental health care for women

The women we support at Ballington House often have complex mental health and co-morbid conditions including:Conservatory at Ballington House

  • Mental-ill Health
  • Learning Disability
  • Personality Disorder - not necessarily formally diagnosed
  • Substance misuse

Women may be referred who have histories of trauma, abuse and self-harm.

A Psychologically Informed Environment (PIE)

Our service model is based on a Psychologically Informed Environment (PIE). 

The purpose of a PIE is to enable the women in our care to make ‘measurable’ changes to their lives such as;

  • Changes in maladaptive behaviours
  • Increase emotion management
  • Establish and maintain relationships
  • Reduce substance misuse
  • Feel less depressed/ fearful

The PIE model allows for self-assessment and increased self-awareness resulting in reductions in chaotic behaviours and increased engagement with staff, giving the person the best chance of leading a well-balanced life again.

What can I say about Ballington House....words cannot begin to express my gratitude and sincere thanks to the wonderful staff at this hospital, not only did they provide an excellent service for my daughter who not only had mental health issues but autism and a mild learning difficulty, they also provided an excellent service to me as a carer in the darkest of times. I really cannot recommend this hospital enough.”

Mother of Service User now discharged from Ballington House

A Structured Weekly Programme

Staff ensure the person engages in a structured weekly programme of different therapies and treatments to help build consistent and reliable relationships alongside reflective interactions which help to provide a framework for everyday living. Treatment at Ballington House incorporates the following elements;

  • Individually tailored recovery and rehabilitation pathways keeping length of stay to a minimum
  • Treatment delivered following My Shared Pathway
  • An agreed discharge plan from the point of admission
  • Positive risk-taking
  • Strengths based approach
  • Positive behaviour management strategies
  • Care planned psychological therapies including Cognitive Behavioural Interventions, Reflection sessions and Compassion focused therapy
  • Access to at least 30 hours of meaningful activity seven days a week
  • Community meetings
  • Developing independent living skills and community engagement
  • A strong emphasis on safeguarding
  • Robust clinical governance
  • Access to independent advocacy
  • Strong multi agency and family partnerships to ensure a holistic package of care and pathway
  • Substance misuse awareness

Referrals and Admissions Inspiration Tree at Ballington House, Leek, Staffordshire- Specialist female mental health service- Psychologically Informed Environment (PIE)

All referrals are followed up by a detailed initial assessment, where the person’s suitability is evaluated. Comprehensive information is provided to patient, commissioner and referrer about Ballington House. Agreement is sought at this early stage from the person (where possible) to take steps to engage fully with the programme on offer.

It is an expectation that the patient is committed to the therapeutic programme at Ballington House for approximately 18 months. 

Specifically Trained Staff

Staff are trained in developing their psychological understanding of their work and the importance of relationships, interactions and adopting a consistent approach in supporting the patient.

Staff will also have the following training:

  • Skills for working with LD clients
  • PD awareness
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Cognitive Skills Training
  • Prochaska & DiClemente Stages of Change Model


About Ballington House

Ballington House is a specialist rehabilitation service for women with mental health issues located centrally in Leek, Staffordshire. The market town enjoys excellent facilities and amenities with supermarkets, a college, a leisure centre and a wide range of cafes and shops. The town provides a more relaxed local environment to enable patients to engage in their therapeutic programme at an earlier stage than in a busy inner-city setting, thus increasing the pace of recovery and speeding up discharge. Leek is just one hour by car from Manchester, Sheffield and Wolverhampton.

Patient profile for Women's Private Mental Health Service at Ballington House


Adults 18+


  • Female only care

Typical patient profiles accessing our female mental health care services

  • Primary diagnosis of complex mental health problems such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, personality disorder, depression
  • Previous traumatic and abusive experiences
  • May or may not have been detained under the Mental Health Act (1983), including restriction orders

Typical referral route:

Referred via community or inpatient health services or via criminal justice services.

Contact Details

To discuss this women-only mental health hospital service in more detail, arrange a visit or make a referral please contact:

Janine Strange, Key Relationships Manager | Tel: 0800 954 2497

Address: Ballington House Hospital, Ballington Gardens, Leek, Staffordshire ST13 5LW - MAP

Tel: 01538 399796

Mandy Leadbetter, Hospital Manager |