Recovery services - Abdale House

Email: gill.williams6@nhs.net (team secretary)

NEWS about this service...

This service will move into the Orchards in Ripon once its £3.6 million make-over is complete. Read more about the redevelopment here. The Orchards will provide specialist inpatient rehabilitation services for the people of Harrogate, Hambleton and Richmondshire.

About the service

Abdale House is a nine bedded recovery unit for working age adults with mental health problems.

The service aims to support people to manage their mental health problems, by using a variety of evidence-based therapies, activities and recovery programmes and to help them make a recovery. 

The multi-disciplinary team of experienced staff use the Recovery Star as an outcome measure, in order to work collaboratively with clients and help them identify goals in their journey of recovery.

To try and ensure a smooth transition into the community following a stay on the unit, the staff at Abdale House work closely with community mental health services and employment, education and housing advisors.

The Abdale House team

The unit is staffed 24 hours a day by a dedicated nursing team. There is always a qualified nurse on duty.

The purpose of the service is to help clients gain greater independence and develop a healthy lifestyle, in order to develop a good quality of life within the community. The occupational therapist and the technical instructor work Monday to Friday and encourage clients to participate in social activities/therapeutic groups in order to help clients develop or maintain their daily living skills.

Weekly meetings take place with the clients, nurses, occupational therapist, consultant psychiatrist, GP and the pharmacist. Any others involved in the patient’s care may also be invited to attend.

How to access the service

Clients cannot self refer to the service. However, the team do receive referrals from various secondary care mental health teams, such as the acute inpatient wards, the community mental health teams, consultant psychiatrists, the early intervention team and the community recovery team.

Having been referred to the unit, patients are invited for a short assessment period (usually a day). This allows the patient and the staff the opportunity to ensure that the service is the right place for them to receive the care they need.

Following assessment, the patient is allocated a ‘named’, qualified nurse who will act as their key worker during their stay at Abdale House.

About Abdale House

Abdale House has nine individual bedrooms, a communal lounge, dining room, therapy room and kitchen.

Clients are expected to take responsibility for maintaining their daily living skills and personal hygiene. Therefore, they are encouraged to keep the house clean and tidy, as well as their own laundry and personal care.

Patients on the unit are encouraged to take part in a wide range of individual, and group activities, both inside and outside the house.The occupational therapist will meet with residents to discuss which activities will benefit them the most.

Cooking / mealtimes

Clients are encouraged to cook their own meals and are given a daily allowance in order to do this. This enables them to develop and maintain skills in budgeting and meal preparation with support from staff. The service also provides lunch cookery, baking and breakfast groups.

Visiting times

There is open visiting for family and friends during reasonable hours.

The trust operates a child visiting policy that applies to all children up to the age of 18 years.

All visits by children must be pre-arranged with unit staff and a responsible adult should accompany the child when visiting.