Welcome to

The Chimneys Clinic

The Chimneys is a 12-bed rehabilitation service that offers specialist care designed to support women who have a diagnosis of a Personality Disorder (PD) or an Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder (EUPD). Individuals with other mental health problems and young women who are transitioning from CAMHS will also be considered for this service.

More information about The Chimneys Clinic

Set in the countryside of Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk, the therapeutic environment aids recovery for each individual. There is a separate therapy barn which houses the Activities of Daily Living kitchen (ADL) and laundry. There are en-suite bedrooms for all service users, a communal living space, dining area and a quiet room. The layout of the service allows people to be as independent as possible as well as having an environment where they do not feel isolated. The Chimneys is a short car journey away from the town centre where service users can access local amenities such as shops, cafes, leisure facilities, nature parks and other community resources.


Our Aims

We aim to support people to rebuild skills that may have been impacted by their Mental Health so they can maintain stability to continue their journey in reaching their goals and aspirations.


Model of Care

We have a dedicated Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) that provides specialist person-centred care tailored to meet individual need. The team consists of a Psychiatrist, Nurses, Healthcare Assistants, Occupational Therapist, Psychologist, and individual Therapists, including Systemic and Integrative.

The focus at The Chimneys is to work in collaboration with each individual, to personalise their recovery using a blend of therapies. We recognise that one approach is not suitable for all service users with similar diagnoses.

Our individualised clinical programmes focus on rehabilitation both within the hospital and in the community. Therapies and activities are specifically focused on treating individual needs and wants, behaviours which may challenge, harming behaviours to self and others and the skills for moving forwards into the community. We want all those we support to have a say in their care and treatment so we can support a safe and timely discharge.

We have adopted a least restrictive approach to our care, and we review all enhanced observation levels daily. We work closely with all individuals to review and identify other restrictive practices, identifying personal risks, becoming responsible for them, and devising care plans and coping strategies to manage these.

Therapies and activities are a mixture of in house and community sessions and are facilitated by members of the clinical team. We devise therapy and activity timetables in partnership with the individual to promote inclusion and support their wishes.


… Where it all comes together


Group and individual sessions examples:

  • Real work opportunities
  • Relapse prevention
  • Independent living skills
  • Managing your risks
  • Social inclusion
  • Community based leisure activities
  • Moving forwards
  • Educational sessions
  • Animal care
  • Mindfulness/relaxation
  • Personal care
  • Transitional skills work
  • Pop up shop on site
  • Local gym sessions
  • Local library drop in sessions
  • Co-production of individual care and treatment plans and the wider hospital
  • Family therapy sessions
  • Service user led projects

These are designed to support people to rebuild and maintain skills that may have been impacted by their mental illness so they can achieve and maintain life goals.


Admission Criteria

  • Women aged 18 +
  • May be transitioning from CAMHS 17+
  • Have a primary diagnosis of/or emerging PD, EUPD or other mental illness
  • May be detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 (amended 2007) or informal

Ideally each service user will be committed to working with the team to achieve their personal goals and aspirations.



The outcomes we expect to see include:

  • Reduction in trauma symptoms
  • Effective management of behaviour and coping strategies to regulate behaviours
  • Reduction of risk such as self-harm and management of addictive behaviours
  • Building meaningful social networks and improved relationship building skills
  • Increased responsibility for a structured day and maintaining individual wellbeing
  • Improved self-esteem, self-worth, and identity
  • Stabilised presentation and regulated emotions, recognising what keeps individuals well, to promote insight, self-awareness, and self-reliance
  • Improved self-care and functional daily living skills
  • Engagement with work placements or other vocational opportunities
  • Increased ability to trust and build hope
  • Increase community-based integration and independence for future community living


Get in touch

For further information, to arrange a visit, or make a referral, please call our 24-hour referral line on 0800 218 2398 or email referrals@elysiumhealthcare.co.uk

This information is available in different languages, Braille, Easy Read and BSL on request. To view our video tour, please visit www.elysiumhealthcare.co.uk.

We are part of the following

Divisions & Services:

Women aged 18 years and over

Service: Women’s Personality Disorder/Rehabilitation

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The Chimneys Clinic CQC Report