Cygnet Oaks

Upper Sheffield Road, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, S70 4PX

Cygnet Oaks is a 36 bed hospital specialising in high dependency inpatient rehabilitation for men. It provides state-of-the-art facilities and a multi-disciplinary treatment programme designed to assist service users with their return to independent living.

Our dedicated clinical teams provide a full multi-disciplinary programme that includes; occupational therapy, psychology, psychiatry and vocational training, offering service users the opportunities and support they need to stabilise their condition and enter society with a renewed sense of enthusiasm and optimism.

Our interventions are matched according to individual needs. Our team will always adapt their engagement technique and personnel delivering specific interventions to maximise engagement and ensure that progress is always being made with the men in our care.

Cygnet Oaks

Vocational support is provided to help service users prepare for employment and other vocational activities. The men are supported to create CVs, apply for jobs, practice for and attend interviews as well as develop other skills necessary in a work environment. We also offer a range of internal therapeutic earning positions within Cygnet Oaks where service users have the opportunity to apply for, be interviewed for and take on the responsibility of a suitable job. The men receive training by a staff member that is skilled in the particular job.

“It has helped me develop my skills in a good manner… It has helped me with money management and living independently.”Service user on Occupational Therapy at Cygnet Oaks

Barnsley town centre is a short walk or bus ride away, giving service users access to the many facilities in the local community. To promote social inclusion we have developed pathways linking the service user’s short term goals in care plans with activities in the mainstream services of the local communities.

We offer links with Barnsley Community Build, BADAS and Busters café plus Inspire Rotherham (social enterprises) helping our service users to experience job placements. Volunteer work and courses in a graded and supportive manner also support our service users’ return to work, if it is the choice of the service users to do so.

Cygnet Oaks have developed strong links with Northern College, who provide a variety of courses for adults including supporting physical, mental health and sensory needs. We also have Learn Direct programmes delivered in house for basic literacy and numeracy skills.

As part of our service users’ rehabilitation and individual care plans, the men in our care can access local towns. Initially this is achieved with staff support and using hospital transport. As service users progress through their rehabilitation programme they are supported to use the new Barnsley rail and bus interchange, developing the necessary skills to travel independently.

Cygnet Oaks has developed links with the Nursing, Occupational Therapy and Medical departments of Sheffield Hallam University, University of Sheffield and Huddersfield University.

Service user profile

  • Men aged 18+
  • Detained under the Mental Health Act (1983) or informal
  • Primary diagnosis of mental illness with:
    • Complex comorbidities
    • Substance, drug and alcohol abuse
    • Treatment resistance
    • Behaviours that challenge
  • Aiming for a return to community or community-based care
  • History of sexual abuse or domestic violence
  • Typical diagnoses: schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar affective disorder or depression
  • May have secondary diagnoses of mild learning disability, autism spectrum disorder or personality disorder
  • May have a forensic history and/or be stepping down from secure services
  • May have a history of repeated acute admissions

Our facilities:

  • En-suite bedrooms
  • Therapy kitchen
  • Variety of activity areas
  • Dining room
  • Living room
  • Enclosed garden
  • Gym
  • IT café

Cygnet Oaks in the news


Cygnet Oaks competes in EASI World Cup

A team from Cygnet Oaks, our mental health recovery and rehabilitation service in Barnsley, recently took part in the two-day European Association for Sport and Social Integration (EASI) World Cup.

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