Welcome to York House

York House is a specialist neurobehavioural assessment and post-acute rehabilitation hospital for up to 38 people with acquired brain injury (ABI) and complex needs and/or challenging behaviour. There are three types of service at York House within The Dales, The Moors and The Wolds - one of only two women only wards in the UK. These enable us to offer a continuum of care to meet the changing needs of service users as they progress through their rehabilitation, and accommodate those with longer term needs.

Rehabilitation involves an individually tailored treatment programme. This includes: learning and therapeutic sessions, personal social and domestic skills, guided leisure time, access to community activities, behavioural management and vocational training and support. Our goal is to enable service users to function as independently as possible, develop their lives as they choose and participate in the wider community.

York House is registered as an independent hospital. The service is provided by The Disabilities Trust in partnership with The Retreat, a specialist mental health provider.

About York House

Who we support

York House specialises in the rehabilitation of people with behavioural disorders following an acquired brain injury (ABI). We can accept referrals for people detained under the Mental Health Act. In addition to our general admission criteria our service users may also have any of the following.

  • severe verbal and / or physical aggression
  • neuropsychiatric symptoms
  • impaired social functioning
  • disinhibited and / or very challenging behaviours
  • pre-existing mental ill health
  • substance misuse problems and high risk profiles


In 2019/2020, York House admitted 16 individuals following an acquired brain injury (ABI), and 23 people were discharged.

On discharge:

  • 64% of service users required reduced levels of supervision
  • 64% were discharged to a more independent living setting
  • 45% were discharged home or to a supported living setting
  • 91% improved in at least one area of intervention*

*The areas of intervention are: level of supervision needed, moving to an independent living setting, engaging in employment/leisure activities, abilities, adjustment, and social participation.

Find out more about how our service users changed from admission to discharge in our Brain Injury Report 2019-2020


Set in 40 acres of landscaped grounds close to York city centre, York House offers a modern, tranquil and superbly equipped setting for rehabilitation. Accommodation comprises: 38 bedrooms, complemented by pleasant and spacious communal areas, kitchens and bathrooms. Service users enjoy access to a gym, games area, sensory room and The Ian Karten Trust internet suite. We are just ten minutes’ walk away from York city centre, enabling service users to engage with the local community and participate in activities as part of their rehabilitation, including vocational placements where appropriate.

The Wolds - Women only ward

The Wolds is York House’s women only ward, a 10 bed service which has allowed us to create a space where women can feel comfortable and safe. The Wolds meets CQC requirements for gender specific services and is one of just two women-only facilities in the UK offering neurobehavioural and neuropsychiatric rehabilitation and support.

Find out more about The Wolds.

Contact Details

Phone: 01904 412666

Email: yorkhouse.admin@thedtgroup.org

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Latest News

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York House webinar Advancement in Approach: Neurophychiatry+

Dr Miles Rogish and Dr Thomas Elanjithara recently hosted a webinar discussing the neuropsychiatric model advancements made at York House.
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Encephalitis Society Exceptional Service Award for York House

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York House seminar a success

Health and social care professionals gathered in York on Friday 16 November for York House’s BIRT seminar, “A square peg in a round hole” – Exploring neuropsychiatry in a neurobehavioural setting.
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York House, Heslington Road, York, YO10 5BN
01904 412666
01904 415666