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Old Leigh House

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Old Leigh House in Essex is an Independent Hospital for Adults with a Learning Disability

Old Leigh House is an independent hospital located in Leigh-on-Sea in Essex. The service can provide assessment and intervention for up to seven men who are living with a learning disability and associated complex needs. The service can also support those who have mental health needs and behaviours perceived as being challenging.

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Old Leigh House map

Old Leigh House is a large semi-detached house which overlooks a park in a residential area of Leigh on Sea. It is not far away from the sea front and the beaches of Southend, Thorpebay and Shoebury East Beach. The service has a choice of lounges and communal areas for people to choose from and a small garden at the back of the house. The house has been specially adapted and has an accessibility lift for those people who come to us with mobility needs. 

People come to Old Leigh House from a home environment, supported living or residential service due to an illness or a crisis in their life. They may also come following a stay at an NHS or other specialist service including a secure service. We believe that everyone should be treated as a full and valued member of their community with the same rights as everyone else. Therefore, our focus is rehabilitation and the improvement of the health and well-being of service users, developing trusting relationships and attaining positive outcomes. Service users are encouraged to identify and achieve their own personal aspirations using person centred thinking and approaches.

We work hard with the people, their families and those closest to them to find out what is important to them and what their hopes and dreams for the future are. This is part of our commitment to use every opportunity we can to hear and act on the views of those we support and those who know and care about them best.

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Person Centred Care

Old Leigh House - Person Centred Care

Danshell Logo small3When an individual is admitted to Old Leigh House we work with them to ensure that the care we deliver is person centred.

Using person centred approaches and tools we find out what is important to them, how they want us to assist them and, crucially, their dreams and aspirations. This information informs the care and support we provide and helps us to ensure we are clear about what is working or not working for the individual in their day to day lives.

We aim to ensure that we utilise all opportunities to hear and act on the views of the people who use Old Leigh House and those who know and care about them. This includes ensuring they, and their family and carers are fully involved in processes such as the Care Programme Approach (CPA) and in evaluating the service we provide.

Family Matters

Old Leigh House - Family Matters

Friends 2We recognise that the people we serve are part of a wider circle of family, friends and networks that are important to them and, important to us.

We encourage our service users to identify family and friends who care about them. We aim to work in partnership with them to ensure we provide the right service for their relative but also to support them in their own right as a family carer.

Personal Activities Plan

Old Leigh House - Personal Activities Plan

activies personalThe organisation employs dedicated activities co-ordinators who support service users to have individual person centred plans. The wants, needs and interests of each individual are established through a variety of sources of information and communication with key people.

Service users are supported to participate in social activities that may be of interest to them through the well-established network of community based groups.

A safe place to be

Old Leigh House - A Safe Place To Be

Safe Place TwoOur organisation is committed to delivering care and support in a safe, dignified and respectful manner. We have an extensive governance system that monitors individual and organisation performance against a range of safety and outcome indicators. Using electronic reporting systems we are able to monitor and act swiftly in response to incidents or untoward events.

Service User Involvement

Old Leigh House - Service User Involvement

Thinking planIndividuals are encouraged and supported to say how they feel about all aspects of using the service. This includes their views about how we provide support to them and also about aspects of service delivery such as day opportunities.
There is a Service User Forum that meets regularly and discusses a wide a range of issues from social events to day to day issues such as mealtimes and menus.

The wider organisation also has processes in place to ensure the voice of those who use our services is heard. These include forums, service user questionnaires and exit questionnaires that utilise a suite of easy read materials and technologies to enable maximum participation.

All service users have direct access to an independent advocate. The advocacy group working at Old Leigh House is called VoiceAbility

Service Staffing

Old Leigh House - Service Staffing

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The service is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with a registered nurse on duty at all times.
The team is made up of the service manager, nurses, support workers, an activities co-ordinator and other ancillary staff.

South East Clinical Team

Psychiatrist: Francis Inwang and Thomas Mlele
Psychologist: Marcus Kibel
Assistant Psychologist: Christopher Foram
Occupational Therapist:
Susan Wood
Director of Governance & Nursing: Marie Greenberry
Group Medical Director: 
Dr Steve Wilkinson
Consultant Nurse: Pat Hemming


Old Leigh House Hospital

3 Old Leigh Road
phone-easyread 01702 711 111



Manager: Sibusiso Mudimbu
mail 25x25 



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