Service Overview

Bigfoot Independent Hospital is located in the centre of Longsight, Manchester within a large detached building situated in its own grounds. We ensure that the service users feel comfortable within their environment to optimise recovery by providing a homely atmosphere on each unit. This service is for men only aged 18years or over with a primary diagnosis of mild to moderate learning disability and/mental health diagnosis, often with history of offending and/or criminal conviction and /challenging complex needs. Service users may be informal or detained under the Mental Health Act 1983.

At Bigfoot Independent Hospital, we use the ‘Recovery Model’ and the 'Valuing People’ principles to provide a range of active rehabilitation and treatments to meet the service user’s needs. All treatment and care is delivered through the Care Programme Approach where each service user is fully involved in their individual care planning as part of their care pathway. All care is provided by a highly qualified and experienced multidisciplinary team.

Useful Information

  • No smoking hospital
  • Single en-suite shower room and access to a bath
  • You will be allocated a Key Worker who will help you to tailor your care to meet your needs
  • This is a hospital for men only
  • You can join in service user lead meetings and contribute to hospital forums
  • You will be given information about Bigfoot Independent Hospital and information for your visitors which, should answer some of you questions
  • We have a range of nutritional menu choices and can cater for specific dietary needs
  • You can prepare your own drinks and meals and have regular access to drinks and snacks
  • You can speak with our advocate who can independently help you during your stay
  • We have variety of professionals to support you during your recovery
  • You can access the laundry
  • You will be registered with a local GP and you can access other community based health professionals as required
  • Encouraged to use local community services as part of your rehabilitation plan
  • There are excellent transport links by bus and train
  • No smoking hospital
  • You will be given a visitor's guide, which should help to answer some of your questions including visiting times and what can and cannot be brought into the hospital
  • We want to know what you think and want to give you the opportunity to meet us through carers forums and satisfaction surveys
  • We will help you to be involved in your relative's treatment plan
  • Visiting rooms are available for booking
  • Access to hot drink facilities during your visit
  • Access to a notice board for information and up and coming events
  • Invitation to ward rounds with service users consent

​Equilibrium Healthcare shall admit service users, regardless of race, religion or ethnicity.

We believe that every person who is referred and admitted to our services should do so as a planned process of care and should be supported and empowered through the process, ensuring that an appropriate care package can be provided for the individual service user. We will consider emergency admissions provided a full assessment of needs are carried out prior to admission.
To make a referral please contact Gail Brunskill via any of the following contact details:

We ask that you provide us with necessary information to aid the assessment process:

  • Comprehensive needs assessment
  • Current care plan or care programme approach summary
  • Current risk assessment or most recent
  • Tribunal report (if necessary)

Gail will then contact you to discuss funding and organise an appropriate assessment date and time.

Each referred person will have a comprehensive multi -disciplinary assessment prior to admission; this will determine suitability for the service and determine the care package required to meet their needs.


Accommodation is arranged over five units, linked via stairways and a lift, providing 28 single bedrooms with en-suite facilities. The ground floor units are for service users who have the most complex needs or who are at their early stages of their recovery. Service users can move between floors depending upon their needs at the time. However one unit is purely for those individuals ready for discharge.

Each unit has a main lounge, quiet lounge and rehabilitation kitchen with laundry facilities. In addition to the en-suite toilet and shower facilities the unit hosts separate bathroom and toilets. Each floor has two rooms adapted for wheelchair/physical disability use. There are also a variety of activity rooms in which rehabilitation activities are carried out. Service users on all units have access to smoking shelters in the secure garden areas. 

This is a 6-bedded unit on the first floor, which offers intensive support for service users who exhibit challenging behaviors and whose learning disability may be mild to severe. These service users may be detained or informal and are at the stage in their rehabilitation where they will shortly move back into the community, but still need intensive, specialised nursing support to prepare them for such a move. The Monet Suite may be locked or open unit depending on the needs of the service users. 

These are 6-bedded units, set on the first floor. Offering intensive support for male patients with an age range from 18 years, with challenging behaviours, whose learning disability maybe mild to severe, but who are at a stage within their rehabilitation to prepare to move back into the community, but require intensive specialised nursing and occupational therapy input to prepare them for such a move.

Service users may be either detained or informal. The units operate a ‘risk management and prevention of relapse’ model of treatment and care. This is underpinned by meaningful engagement, support and supervision. The units provide a high level of staffing to concentrate on service users rehabilitation programme and to facilitate community access, as indicated by individuals’ care plans and risk assessments. Generally service users will stay on the units for rehabilitation period of 1-2 years. This will depend on the individual services users’ progress made during their rehabilitation programme and will be reviewed regularly in multi-disciplinary team reviews and CPA meetings. 

These are 6-bedded units, set on the ground floor, offering intensive support for male patients with an age range from 18 years, with challenging behaviours, whose learning disability may be mild to severe.

The units offer a service to those service users who have a range of complex needs, usually with mental health and other related problems, which, are long term in nature. The service user may present a risk to themselves or to others if they were not to be appropriately supported but who are unlikely to try to abscond from with the service.

The units provide a high level of staffing to concentrate on service users who are within their early stages of rehabilitation. The units provide a very structured supported living environment which aim to support service users to stabilise their behaviour, minimise the risk to self and others and provide treatment and support within an individual package of care that meets the service users’ needs and facilitate progress on the care pathway back to the local services / community.

Generally service users will stay on the units for a rehabilitation period of 1-2 years. This will depend on their individual progress made during their rehabilitation programme and will be reviewed regularly in multi-disciplinary team reviews and CPA meetings. 

This is a 4-bedded open unit, set on the second floor, and offers rehabilitation for male service users who may be either detained or informal with an age range from 18 years. The unit provides a staff support for service users who are able to proactively engage in the rehabilitation process. The unit uses different types of holistic approaches to encourage positive rehabilitation programme and non-aversive strategies, which are designed to give the service users greater skills and competencies for the purpose of controlling or eliminating problem behaviour, in order to facilitate and enhance social integration. 

Meet the Team

  • Zahir Teemil Registered Manager

    Zahir is a Registered Nurse in Learning Disabilities) since 2002 and has been working in secure and independent hospitals ensuring quality care is delivered to a wide range of individuals. He joined Equilibrium Healthcare in 2003 and following his career progression from Staff Nurse to General Manager at Bigfoot Independent Hospital now to his current role within Equilibrium Healthcare as Service Director. He also holds a Registered Manager Award, NVQ level 4 qualifications and a Master in Business Administration.

  • Arthur Chibangwa General Manager

    Arthur joined Equilibrium Healthcare in 2006 as a registered Learning Disability Nurse. Since this time he has undertaken the role of Clinical Nurse Manager for Bigfoot Independent Hospital and Supported Living Service. Arthur is also a qualified team-teach tutor for the organisation. His current role is General Manager for Bigfoot Independent Hospital. Arthur holds a national health diploma in nursing and has acquired credits in forensic learning disability practice and leadership in nursing modules.



Bigfoot Independent Hospital

  •   Address: 4 Birch Hall Lane, Manchester, M13 0XE
  •   Phone: 0161 248 6796
  •   Fax: 0161 248 6817