The St Magnus Community

Your care

At St Magnus, your care is of the highest quality. It’s designed to be safe, comforting and focused on enhancing your quality of life.

Our dedicated teams will work on finding solutions to your specific issues, including challenging behaviours, with the goal of improving your wellbeing and that of others. We specialise in managing a variety of mental disorders, and our patients often have complex conditions, which could include serious mental illnesses or age-related problems like dementia.

St Magnus provides supported living in nursing units as a seamless transition from hospital care. The composition of our units may change based on the requirements of our hospital patients and nursing residents, as well as the duration of their stay. St Magnus Hospital offers a unique pathway where you can transition from our low secure units to our high support wards and then move on to St Magnus Nursing.

The St Magnus Community stands out because everyone is incredibly caring and professional. It is brilliant to see the bonds built between staff and our patients and residents, and it is such a welcoming community to join.

Senior team member at St Martha’s Hospital

Your assessment process

Patients and residents usually come to us after a placement elsewhere has not been as successful as hoped. Your assessment process considers you as a whole person.

What makes your care outstanding

Best-practice thinking, imaginative equipment for patients with dementia and quicky responding to your changing needs … many elements make up the outstanding care we are so proud to provide. Examples are the beautiful Musical Garden, robotic cats and technology to give you more privacy while keeping everyone safe. 

Across St Magnus and St Martha’s our care stands out because we’re so good at offering fresh activities and treatment ideas then pursuing those that work best. We can do so because of our high staff ratios and responsive management team. Because people with the same diagnoses may have completely different treatment regimens and different needs, we never box you into a set formula. 

You may have cognitive impairment, and perhaps more severe forms including behavioural symptoms of dementia. We have developed systems in common across every hospital ward and nursing unit to adapt treatments for you.

We also have specialist dementia wards: Cowdray Ward at St Magnus Hospital has so much space, with en-suite bedrooms, two gardens and three lounge areas for just eight patients; in Park House or Goodwood Ward you can revel in our interactive Musical Garden with musical instruments all around, coloured paths to follow, sweet-smelling, fully edible plants and bright canopies that diffuse light in different colours while keeping everyone warm and dry.

Our robotic cats are fluffy companions bringing joy and calm to patients with dementia, as well as giving you a sense of purpose, just like our soft-fabric Reuben dolls in different outfits. Dramatherapists help you with positive behaviour support plans. Occupational Therapy teams work closely with you to discover your personal interests and sensory needs, buying a sanding cloth if you’re a DIY enthusiast, for example. It’s about real quality of life.

We reduce risk with inventive technologies such as sensor mats and doorbells that let us know when you get out of bed or come out of your room. It’s less intrusive than being on constant observation and let’s staff get on with other tasks. It’s no surprise St Magnus and St Martha’s are such showcases of best practice.

I love the autonomy we have, enabling quick and dynamic responses from me and the team as we ensure high standards across all departments and excellent quality care.

Hospital Director at St Magnus Hospital

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Laura Davey

Teaching Assistant

St Magnus and St Martha’s

What were you doing before you came to the St Magnus Community?
I worked in retail for 25 years, the last 15 in management. I delivered training for Boots Opticians and was also a charity coordinator, where a highlight was the launch of a children’s book called Zookeeper Zoe. It contained vision checks throughout and I was lucky enough to attend a gala evening with Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler (author and illustrator of The Gruffalo), who drew and signed a picture for my granddaughter!

What do you enjoy about your work here?
I’ve worked for the St Magnus Community for two years and I am hugely proud of the achievements and advancements I have made. I have achieved my NAPPI training (to positively support people in distress), my Level 2 Diploma and I am working towards my Level 3. I’ve also completed Train the Trainer courses for security, NAPPI and first aid. I found the psychological modules of NAPPI training very powerful, particularly how the Positive Behaviour Scale can be used to prevent distress.

What makes the St Magnus Community different?
The sense of achievement we get from patient-oriented care. Also, I have a sense of autonomy although I am working within guidelines. Many other things make the St Magnus Community different to other places I’ve worked, including the level of education available to all staff and seeing higher management actively involved on the wards.