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Broadmoor Hospital

Broadmoor is a specialist, psychiatric hospital which provides assessment, treatment and care in conditions of high security for men aged 18 and above from London and the south of England. 

It is one of three high-security psychiatric hospitals in England and Wales and treats people with mental illness and personality disorders who represent a high degree of harm to themselves or others.  The hospital is internationally renowned for its highly specialised care and research work.

The hospital is part of West London NHS Trust which has been authorised by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care to provide high-secure services.

It is rated Good by the Care Quality Commission.

Multi faith room

The new hospital

Broadmoor Hospital opened in 1863.  Over 150 years later, in December 2019, the hospital moved from its predominantly Victorian buildings into a state of the art facility, purpose built to ensure a safe, therapeutic environment for the care, treatment and rehabilitation of patients who need high-secure psychiatric care.

See here for more information and images of the new hospital

A safe, therapeutic environment

At any one time, we care for up to 210 men, over the age of 18 years, who suffer from a mental disorder and are detained under the Mental Health Act 1983.

The average stay at the hospital is five and a half years, although many patients’ stays are considerably shorter. Patients are transferred to conditions of lower security once the risks that they posed are reduced.

Patients are admitted from prison, court or a medium-secure hospital. Some have not committed an offence, but are considered to pose such a degree of risk that they need treatment in a high-secure environment.

Patients are transferred back to the criminal justice system or conditions of lower security when they no longer need care in a
high-secure environment.

Broadmoor Hospital exterior

Recovery and rehabilitation

We work with patients on their rehabilitation and recovery, supporting them to take a more active role in, and responsibility for, their own care.

The hospital provides a full range of therapeutic treatments and activities, tailored to each patient's needs.

These include therapy and psychology-based treatment, education and vocational activities, medication and pastoral support. These aim to maximise every patient’s opportunity for recovery.


Activities and involvement

Activities and social interaction are very important in ensuring that patients remain engaged in their treatment and don't become withdrawn.  Activities are designed to support patients’ recovery. These include education, vocational training, arts, crafts, sports and social activities.

We encourage the active involvement of patients, their families and carers in the development of patients’ care and treatment plans and in the wider work of the hospital. For example, patients, carers and also staff were actively involved in the design, look and feel of the new hospital. Read more here

Gym Equipment

The hospital's CQC rating

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) last inspected Broadmoor in 2018 and rated the hospital as Good overall with a rating of Outstanding for caring. 

The CQC’s report highlights our work in encouraging coproduction and patient involvement and in making sure that patients are able to raise issues and identify areas for improvement.
CQC rating: Good


The Trust has an academic health science network partnership with Imperial College London, as well as collaborations with a wide range of other academic partners, including University College London, King’s College London, Brunel, University of West London, Trinity College Dublin, University of Surrey and industry partners such as Oxehealth.

We also draw on international expertise and run or take part in regular learning events, such as our annual Recovery Conference. Please view our research page for more information about the research in which the Trust is involved.

Contact us

Broadmoor Hospital
Joshua Jebb Way
RG45 7EG

Tel: 01344 754202 (main reception)