Women's Mental Health and PD - low secure

Colne ward is a 16-bed low secure admission, assessment and treatment ward for adult females (over 18) with complex care needs (predominantly around personality difficulties) and is situated on the outskirts of Basildon.

Specialists in Sustainable Recovery
The lives of patients with complex needs are often expressed in response to dysfunctional coping styles learned very early in life. These patterns are demonstrated in response to perceived difficulties and expressed in the four main areas of personality disorder (PD); cognition, affect, behaviour and interpersonal.
Through our holistic multi-modal and multi-faceted treatment we give our patients increased mastery over their behaviour. We help them to develop the skills to manage urges which previously led them to behave in ways rooted in their past and which reinforced negative personality traits.

Admissions criteria

Colne admits female patients aged over 18 who are detained under the Mental Health Act and who present with a wide range of complex psychopathologies and mental disorders, including;

  • complex mental and personality disorders
  • schizophrenia
  • attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • behavioural difficulties
  • patients presenting with serious self-harming or suicidal behaviour
  • substance and alcohol misuse
  • a history of violence and offending
  • serious chronic underlying physical pathology
  • co-morbid diagnoses.

The majority of the women who are placed on Colne have had long-standing difficulties and have been in contact with community psychiatric services over many years.

Next steps

Discharge is considered at admission and our clinical and social work teams work with appropriate case managers and community teams to support transition to the least restrictive environment.

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