Stockwood House and Ellenbrook House

Both houses’ are purposefully designed to treat individuals who have struggled with their illness to the extent that they cannot safely or adequately be treated as outpatients, but have utilised acute inpatient treatment to the best of their ability. Individuals admitted will range in age from early to late adulthood, and will benefit from a multi-disciplinary approach. We are happy to accept clients on Community Treatment Orders.

The programme specifically concentrates on the requirements of clients with an enduring eating disorder by initially understanding the unique needs of this client group, and thus will include modest goals, that will attempt to reintroduce community pursuits, with a lifestyle marked by appropriate living and the containing of difficult or unhelpful behaviours and attitudes. Individual counseling/therapy is built on, and group therapy is continued. An emphasis is placed on the management of the illness that is client-focused, with achievable goals.

A multi-disciplinary team will, in conjunction with the individual, plan the care package. The service user will have access to the specialist teams, including nursing, dietetics, occupational therapy and art therapist. A consultant psychiatrist supervises the team and may provide client input as necessary. Trained care assistants will also be available at all times for general support, including overnight. The care approach aims to offer a high level of support, but also nurturing self-care and independence in the clients. An emphasis is placed on the management of the illness that is client-focused, with achievable goals.

Each client has their own large bedroom, most of which are en-suite, and allocated according to risk assessment and availability. There are also a variety of shared spaces for the clients to use, including lounge areas, dining areas and gardens.

Our multi-disciplinary approach comprises of a complementary initial assessment*, consisting of a nursing, social and dietary evaluation. This includes an analysis of anthropometrical and biochemical findings, and the reviewing of the psychiatric evaluation as provided by the care team. The assessment also focuses upon the current needs and future goals, to hence produce a tailored package to meet an individual’s unique needs.

Stockwood House and Ellenbrook House are located opposite to each other on a quiet, residential street and provide 10 placements between them. The location of the houses is between St Albans and Luton which provide many opportunities for education and employment. The train to London St Pancreas takes approximately 25 minutes

Stockwood House and Ellenbrook House are residential care homes specialising in the person-centred care of adults with severe and enduring eating disorders. The aim is to provide specialist help to continue care from in-patient admission, provide structured support in the appropriate community management of an individual’s eating disorder and foster new confidences on social /educational / employment pursuits.


A large, welcoming house with facilities for up to 6 residents


A family-style house, with facilities for up to 4 residents