Selden Centre

We support people who need to be admitted to hospital who need more adjustments than can be made in a psychiatric ward due to the severity of the persons learning disability. Admission may be needed due to any risks that are unmanageable in a community setting, including: 

•    Severe mental ill health
•    Escalating needs in the community
•    Placement breakdown requiring re-assessment of needs
•    Step down from a more secure hospital service
•    Complicated move back to the local area from a high intensity service.

We work in partnership with the person, their family and carers to provide a range of expert individualised intensive assessment, intervention, group and therapeutic support.

This film explains a patient's journey at the Selden Centre:


We support people who:

  • Are aged 18 or over 
  • Have a learning disability
  • Have challenging needs which cannot be met safely within their current setting
  • Have additional mental health or other complex needs such as behavioural disturbance, complexities associated with autism or Asperger's conditions.

We believe that people with learning disabilities have the same rights as all members of society and that’s why we place the people who use our services at the heart of what we do.

We will work with the individual, their families or carers, referrers and service providers to determine the outcomes needed and ensure that the person's stay in the centre enables better life quality. We will work together to assess and develop appropriate interventions and care programmes to nurture the individual's skills.

We work hand-in-hand with partner agencies and care managers to identify suitable placements that meet the individual’s identified care and support needs for the future once they are discharged from our service, and we ensure people who will be supporting the person after discharge have the knowledge and skills they need to do so in the most appropriate ways. 

The Selden Centre will assess and manage any presenting risks when people are admitted to the unit. Full consideration is given to both current and historical risks and a positive risk-taking approach is used within the context of a formulation-based approach. 

The Selden Centre offers a wide range of specialist assessments that draw on current evidence-base. We use the results of any assessments to inform our care, interventions and future service specifications. 

Our pre-admission assessment ensures we have the skills necessary to provide the assessments and interventions which will be needed to support the person to return to community living. 

We offer a range of individualised psychological, speech and language therapy and occupational therapy-based assessments and interventions adapted for the needs of people with more severe intellectual disabilities.

We follow these good practice principles to our discharge process:

  • Planning for discharge will start at point of referral and continue at point of admission. Admission should not be seen in isolation; it is part of an on-going package of care
  • The named nurse and lead practitioner are pivotal in planning the discharge process - liaison with team members, carers and external agencies etc.
  • Clear communication systems facilitating a flow of information between people involved in the service user's care and treatment will assist in the development of a comprehensive and detailed discharge/care plan, where all parties know their roles and responsibilities
  • Transition planning may include involvement from social workers, commissioners, family members, placement, advocate service user, lead practitioner and local community services, GP, advocacy services and community teams 

All Service users discharged from the Selden Centre will be followed up within three days of discharge.

Our visiting times are 10am to 11am and 2pm to 8pm. We operate protected time between 11am and 2pm, Monday to Friday, so that we can focus on assessments and interventions with the service user.

We'll take account of service users and their family, friends, and carers' needs during visits.

For information about children and young people visiting please see the child visiting policy. We will facilitate visits wherever possible. 

Please contact us before visiting so we can remain Covid safe.

The Selden Centre is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, by qualified learning disability and mental health nurses and trained support staff.

The core therapeutic staff team also includes:

  • Consultant psychiatrist
  • Senior occupational therapist
  • Consultant clinical psychologist and approved clinician
  • Assistant psychologist 
  • Nursing associate
  • Senior support workers
  • Senior speech and language therapist
  • A Pharmacist who attends weekly
  • We are also able to bring in physiotherapy support when this is required. 

Please contact us for further information, to give feedback, or to discuss any issues.

  • Selden Centre reception: 0300 304 2154
  • Jarod Newbury, Selden Centre Ward Manager: 0300 304 2154 or email on  

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Twitter: @SeldenCentre
Instagram: seldencentre

How to get here

By bus

The no. 7 and 7connect7 (Stagecoach) stop on Salvington Hill, just around the corner from the main Swandean site.

The no. 69 (Compass bus) stops on Arundel Road outside the main Swandean site.

By train

The nearest train station is Durrington-on-sea which is a brisk 30 to 40 minute walk up hill. More trains call at West Worthing and Worthing Central from where you will need to get a taxi to the unit.

Parking information

  • Free onsite parking
  • Further parking available on streets next to unit
  • Disabled parking: front of building
  • Disabled access: ramp and lift

Opening times

Open 24 hours, seven days a week.

Services at this location

Learning disability inpatient services