Penshurst Ward

Penshurst ward is a 16 bed inpatient unit catering for men between the ages of 18-65 specialising in the assessment and treatment of those with complex mental health needs who require care in a medium secure unit, as a response to offending/or challenging behaviour.

Our vision is to improve the patient experience, promote physical well being, as well as supporting our patients through recovery and discharge. We strive to provide a calm, safe and friendly atmosphere and maintain a clean and pleasant environment on the ward for staff, patients and visitors.

The ward consists of a multi-disciplinary team of health care assistants, nurses, occupational therapists, psychologists, junior doctors and consultants. Patients will also be offered therapeutic activities by the occupational therapy team and be reviewed by the consultant during the weekly ward review.

Family Engagement and Liaison Lead

The Family Engagement and Liaison Lead (FELL) works specifically with the families and friends of someone who is being assessed or treated by forensic mental health and learning disability services.

The Family Engagement and Liaison Lead will be able to offer you advice, support and information. Part of the role will be to meet up and give you time to talk about your own concerns and questions, throughout your relative or friends recovery.

You can also join us for regular catch-ups with tea and cake which we hold throughout the year. 

Click here to view more details about the The Family Engagement and Liaison Lead

Protecting our patients

When visiting any of our inpatient wards you must wash your hands, follow our 2m social distancing policy and wear a face covering  where required to do so.

Wards may insist upon other individual arrangements to help protect you during your visit. We advise for all visitors to contact the ward staff ahead of their visit to check for further guidance.

Further information can be found on our website here


Under 18’s are not permitted on the ward. If you have a child under the age of 18 who wishes to visit please speak to a member of ward staff who will arrange a family room to be booked our for your visit.

Anyone under the influence of drugs or alcohol will not be permitted to enter the ward.

Meet the manager

You can feedback directly to Sojan Joseph, Interim Medium Secure Service Manager, to share your experiences and let him know how they are doing as a service. To arrange a meeting please email:

Additional information

We are located behind Maidstone hospital past Priority House. There is parking available, please speak to reception to gain a permit.

Restricted items

For your safety and the safety of our patients and staff, certain items are restricted from entering the ward environment.

These include but are not limited to:

  • razors
  • knives or any other bladed items
  • sharp objects e.g. scissors, needles, pens, nail files, mirrors
  • firearms
  • blu Tac or chewing gum
  • alcohol or stimulant drinks i.e. Red Bull and espresso coffee
  • illicit substances such as legal highs
  • pornographic or violent materials e.g. DVDs, books, CDs, magazines
  • mobile phones/smart watches
  • items that could be used as a ligature
  • all types of plastic bags, aerosols, tin cans, glass items
  • cameras, video recorders or any other recording equipment.

Please speak to a member of staff if you have any questions around what items are allowed on the ward.


Facilities and opportunities

Help and support for families and friends