Oak Court

Oak Court at Cygnet Hospital Colchester has recently been extensively refurbished and reconfigured. This is to enable us to provide dedicated and person centred support to men with a learning disability, associated complex needs and behaviours that challenge, who are at different stages of their care pathway.

The service has three newly developed areas to support individuals with different levels of need:

  • Four beds are dedicated to supporting those individuals who require short term crisis admissions or those who no longer require acute care but remain on an acute ward. The expected length of stay in these Discharge to Assess (D2A) beds is three months.
  • Five beds within Oak Court accommodates service users with high dependency needs and supports assessment, treatment and rehabilitation within a safe environment. The length of stay is dependent upon each individual, however we work closely with the multi-disciplinary team (MDT) to provide a care and treatment plan that enables the service user to move along their care pathway at their own pace.
  • A spacious one bed single person bespoke apartment has been newly created at Oak Court to provide a more independent living environment. This apartment provides a care pathway from the main ward to an environment that focuses on and promotes greater independence in preparation for moving on to either a residential service or a supported living setting.

Our goal at Oak Court is to enable individuals to structure their time; build relationships and establish a balance between therapy, self-care, work and leisure as appropriate to their individual needs.

Our service user profile

  • Men, aged 18+
  • Primary diagnosis of learning disability and complex needs
  • May have a diagnosis of autistic spectrum disorder
  • May be detained under the Mental Health Act, informal or subject to DoLS
  • May have a forensic history
  • May present with co-morbid presentations, including:
    • Challenging behaviour
    • Personality disorder
    • Schizophrenia, depression, bi-polar disorder
    • Dual diagnosis
    • Complex needs and/or multiple diagnoses
  • May have a history of repeated hospital admissions

Our Facilities

  • En-suite bedrooms
  • Extensive communal areas including a lounge and dining room
  • Garden with outdoor seating
  • Single person bespoke apartment
  • Therapy kitchen and laundry service to support skills development

Community links

  • Gateway College and Wilson Marriage College
  • Colchester United Football Club
  • Voluntary work centres
  • Horticultural community programmes
  • Places of leisure and entertainment
  • Charity partnerships and fund raising intiatives
  • Community environment projects and social outings
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