Men's Mental Health - low secure

A low secure ward for men aged 18-65 with complex mental health needs for rehabilitation and recovery based in Northampton.

Church is a 10 bed ward which is part of the forensic care pathway acting as a step down from the medium secure wards Robinson and Pritchard to consolidate the process of recovery and build on the work previously undertaken. The ward is needs led with specialist treatment and rehabilitation for working age men with a complex mental health need.

The ward opened in the Malcolm Arnold building in 2017.

Welcome to Church

Comfortable bright living area

Bright corridor leading to bedrooms

Single en-suite bedroom

Ward based courtyard

Onsite swimming pool

MAH sports hall

On site gym

Admissions criteria

Males aged between 18 to 65 years old with;

  • a primary diagnosis of mental illness
  • patients with a forensic history
  • be detained under the Mental Health Act 1983

These criteria are a guide for assessing suitability. Each patient will be individually assessed by our dedicated team.

Treatment and care

Treatment has three stages, firstly physical and emotional stabilisation, secondly working towards engagement and developing coping mechanisms to regulate behaviour and emotions. Finally, the focus will be on integration and recovery which focuses on relapse prevention, further self-understanding and resilience building to assist in the transition to a lower setting or community placement.
A wide range of interventions are available depending on a patient’s needs, including:

• fire-setting programme
• sex offender treatment
• violence reduction treatment
• Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
• mindfulness
• problem solving programmes.

We aim to exceed the recommended 25 hours of meaningful activity.

Facilities

The ward is situated on our main Northampton campus, which is set landscaped parkland and offers:

  • comfortable single bedrooms
  • communal lounge areas for patients to socialise
  • a games room
  • therapy areas
  • therapy kitchen
  • private garden
  • swimming pool
  • GP and dental care.
  • Workbridge – vocational work
  • WWASP - Workbridge Work and Social Programme
  • Grounds
  • Football pitch

 

Next steps

Discharge is considered at admission and our clinical and social work teams work with appropriate case managers to support a transition.

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