Coronavirus - changes to this service

Due to the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak we have made changes to visiting arrangements to Firshill Rise. To find out more please visit

Information about vaccines for people with a learning disability

NHS England and NHS Improvement have developed a short film for people with learning disabilities and/or autistic people about vaccination. It describes what a vaccine is, how vaccines are made, why you should get a vaccine, whether a vaccine can make you ill and how to decide whether to have a vaccine or not.

Firshill Rise provides inpatient accommodation and support for adults with a learning disability whose behaviour or mental health is complex or challenging.

Our multidisciplinary team work closely with families and carers to provide the very best care and support to our service users.

We provide support 24 hours a day, seven days a week. All of the support and specialist medical input we provide is underpinned by the Positive Behavioural Support approach, and is delivered in line with national best practice and NICE guidelines.

You can find out more about Positive Behaviour Support by watching the video below:

You can find a list of more useful videos for people with learning disabilities and families and carers here.

And you can read our leaflet about Stopping the Over Medication of People with Learning Disabilities here.

Our ethos

At Firshill Rise we support our service users to achieve the best quality of life they can by helping them learn new skills, get involved in the local community and ultimately lead fun and interesting lives. 

We plan for discharge from day one. We understand that a hospital is not a home and that everything we do is aimed at supporting a positive community based outcome for the people we serve.

We believe in positive and proactive support. Our care plans focus on actively supporting service users and their care team to develop strategies that increase their wellbeing and decrease risk.


Opened in 2013, Firshill Rise was purpose built to provide the best possible environment to support adults with learning disabilities.

There are seven inpatient beds at Firshill Rise, which provide privacy and dignity for service users and their families. All of the rooms are en-suite and have access to garden areas.

One of the rooms is a self-contained flat which is used for step-up or step-down care, and is used to promote and enable independent living.

The ward also has one green room which is used to support service users to de-escalate and calm away from communal areas.

Lastly there is a seclusion room which is only ever used in line with the Mental Health Act code of practice as a last resort in cases of extreme risk to others.

The building is fully accessible, with wheelchair access throughout, changing rooms as well as fixed and mobile hoists and other specialist equipment to support our residents.

As well as our accommodation we also have a range of facilities our service users can make use of, including:

  • Comfortable lounge
  • Quiet areas
  • Sensory room
  • Activities of Daily Living (ADL) kitchen
  • Multi-faith room
  • Fitness room
  • Activities room
  • Green room for calming and de-escalation
  • Spacious interactive garden and outdoor areas

How is the service accessed?

We accept referrals from the Community Learning Disability Team, GPs and primary or secondary healthcare professionals

We also accept self-referrals or referrals made on behalf of a service user by a carer or family member. 

You can take a look at the eligibility and selection criteria for Firshill Rise by clicking here.

To find out more about making a referral give us a call on 0114 2261937.

Every person with a learning disability should have a Health Passport. You can download this here.

Sharing your feedback on Care Opinion

Care Opinion is an independent organisation that gives you the chance share your experience of using our services, to help us make changes that benefit everyone. 

We want you to share honest feedback about our services. Good or bad we want to hear what you think. 

You can choose how much detail you want to go into about your personal story, but if there’s anything we could improve on we want to know. 

You can give feedback by filling in the form below.