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Our vision: To improve the health and wellbeing of the people of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland by providing high quality, integrated physical and mental health care pathways.
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The Agnes Unit

What Does Our Service Do?

The Agnes Unit is an inpatient service for adults with learning disabilities. The unit provides an inpatient service for individuals whose mental health, behaviour and risk cannot be supported in the community.

The unit provides this service to people from Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

It is made up of pods with en-suite bedrooms The unit has a therapy suite,  two bathrooms, lounge, dining room, kitchen and office as well as a courtyard and access to a very large garden. Each pod offers maximum opportunities for single sex areas.

We provide a person-centred approach to enable and empower our patients, offering a multi-disciplinary team within one building.

We have inpatients who need longer term support and who are either on the forensic care pathway or have been repatriated to Leicester from out-of-county placements. The aim of the longer stay beds are to support patients to be able to live safely in the community.

Our other beds are for patients who need shorter term admission for assessment and treatment. This is either planned or as an emergency due to crisis situations that may arise in the community.

How Does Our Service Work?

Patients may be admitted informally or detained under the Mental Health Act. For patients staying informally a deprivation of liberty assessment will be carried out

On the day of admission a patient can expect to be orientated to the unit by staff, welcomed onto a pod and introduced to the key people in their care.

Patients and carers will be given a brochure about the unit and practical advice about their stay/admission.

They will be allocated a named nurse who will work with them to complete a full assessment of their needs and develop care plans to support this, which will be regularly reviewed and evaluated.

Patients and carers will be invited to their meetings in line with the Care Programme Approach (CPA) as will all the members of their care team both inpatient and in the community. To ensure continuity the role of CPA coordinator will continue to be carried out by the patient's community professional.

Patients will be given regular feedback from meetings and the opportunity for advocacy services, tribunals, second opinion doctors and their rights to appeal.

On admission, patients will have an exit strategy agreed and given a comprehensive discharge pack when they leave the unit.

Our team is made up of qualified and unqualified staff, administrative support staff, and a therapy team providing psychiatry, psychology, occupational therapy and speech and language therapy.


How Can You Access Our Service?

  • All referrals come via learning disability consultant pyshiatrists, through our learning disability community teams or via our assertive outreach service

Contact Us

By telephone on: 0116 2954007

Or our address:

400 Anstey Lane

Further Information

Agnes Unit Brochure (updated October 2016)

Choice and medication

To find out more about mental health conditions, treatments and medications, including the latest news and printable leaflets, visit

Support Groups

Carer Support Groups


How Did We Do?

You can give us feedback about our service by talking to a member of the team. Alternatively you can contact PALS or email

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