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The Katherine Allen Unit

The Katherine Allen Unit provides care and treatment for women who have a primary diagnosis of a functional or organic disorder. The unit is part of our Older Adult Services at The Retreat York. The team are expert at providing care for patients with very challenging behaviours that has made them difficult to place previously.

The Unit is named after the first matron at The Retreat. In 1796 the newly opened Retreat appointed Katherine Allen who is regarded as one of the first nurses credited with promoting moral treatment. Katherine Allen went on to marry George Jepson the first male medical superintendent at The Retreat, who lends his name to one of our older male units.

The Katherine Allen Unit is AIMS OP accredited by the Royal College of Psychiatrists. This accreditation focuses specifically on inpatient mental health services for older adults. The standards cover five domains:

  • General Standards, including policies, protocols and staffing related issues;
  • Timely and Purposeful Admission;
  • Safety;
  • Environment and Facilities;
  • Therapies and Activities.

The Katherine Allen Unit has also been awarded the ‘Full Monty’ Star Wards’ Award. The Star Wards’ recipients are seen to provide exceptional, creative and therapeutic experiences for inpatients. Star Wards’ winners use a portfolio of 75 practical ideas to validate their existing good practice and to inspire further development.

Unit Information

Team Manager
Dawn Rutland

Lead Clinician
Dr Lopamundra Mitra, Consultant Psychiatrist

Number of Beds

12 Beds


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