About Newton Lodge
Newton Lodge (also known as The Yorkshire Centre for Forensic Psychiatry) provides specialist mental health care to people from across the Yorkshire and Humber region.
It was originally opened as a purpose built medium secure psychiatric facility in 1984.
The service provides 70 beds within a medium secure environment for the treatment of people with mental health difficulties. There are also an additional 20 beds for people with learning disabilities. Some of the people cared for at Newton Lodge may have been in contact with the criminal justice system because of offending behaviour, often as a result of their mental health problem or learning disability.
A 2007 redevelopment at Newton Lodge saw the addition of a purpose built facility for the specialist learning disability service. This £6million facility meant that more people with specialist needs could be cared for in Wakefield, rather than being sent to other facilities in the country. The redevelopment fully opened in the summer of 2007 and includes an assessment and treatment ward, a continuing care ward and a dedicated therapy/education area.
Obviously, this part of Newton Lodge is of good quality and recent design, however the original wards and therapy area date back to the original building of the unit in 1984.
The medium secure service at Newton Lodge provides the following core services:
- Admission, assessment and treatment
- Specialist services for women
- Continuing care for inpatients
- Rehabilitation and individual placement support
- Specialist learning disability service
- Day services – occupational, educational, recreation and social support
- Psychological therapies
The service aims to provide a programme of structured activity for every individual as part of their recovery process. There are a wide range of therapeutic activities, including artwork and gardening. For the past two summers, Newton Lodge have held ‘Lodgefest’, a summer fete that promotes inclusion, creativity and physical activity.