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Psychiatric intensive care ward (PICU) based in Essex, facilitating short term intensive treatment for females adults aged from 18 to 65.
Telephone: 01268 723 860
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Frinton Ward is a Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit within the Women's Mental Health Pathway, based in Essex. It offers short periods of rapid assessment, intensive treatment and stabilisation for 12 women within a locked setting.
The Frinton Ward team aims to provide a high quality service offering assessment, treatment, care and security for women who are in an acutely disturbed phase of a serious mental disorder. It has defined its key patient outcomes to be rapid stabilisation, crisis resolution, risk-reduction, prevention of relapse and promotion of recovery. Goals for recovery, including an estimated date of discharge from the PICU, will be set as part of the admission process. The emphasis is on short-term intensive treatment with regular reviews of progress.
Frinton Ward is a small, highly staffed unit which provides short periods of rapid assessment, intensive treatment and stabilisation for patients before or during a longer period of inpatient care. Admission will be based on an individual needs assessment and in some cases, patients made be admitted directly to a PICU.
Patients admitted to a PICU will have behavioural challanges which seriously compromise the physical or psychological well-being of themselves or others, and cannot be safely assessed or treated in an open acute inpatient facility (usually a general adult inpatient mental health ward).
Patients will only be admitted to a PICU if they display a significant risk of aggression, absconding with associated risk, suicide or vulnerability (e.g. due to sexual disinhibition or over-activity) in the context of a serious mental disorder.
It is envisaged that all PICU patients would be detained under the Mental Health Act (MHA) 1983, as admission and detention in a locked PICU environment constitutes a fundamental loss of freedom for an individual. If a patient has been discharged from their MHA detention at short notice, there may be a short period of time during which they remain on the PICU informally until an onward care plan and pathway is arranged.
Frinton PICU is a member of NAPICU and adheres to the NAPICU minimum standards and their admission criteria
Admission inclusion criteria for PICU:
Admission exclusion Criteria for PICU - Admission should not occur in the following circumstances:
We provide high quality, tailored treatment programmes which are developed to recognise each individual’s strengths, needs and risks, with specific emphasis on treating mental illness and starting the recovery process.
Our PICU patients are supported by high levels of experienced medical and nursing staff, Psychologists, Social Workers and Occupational Therapists.
Our team are expert in treating people with acute mental illness and complex needs, offering a range of group and individual therapeutic interventions to meet the patients’ needs at different stages of their recovery, including:
Once risk is reduced and the patient’s mental state and behaviour has been stabilised, transfer to an appropriate facility will take place – we focus on moving individuals on to these services and back in to less secure or community settings as soon as possible.
Frinton Ward uses medication led model and follows the nursing approach of Safewards which incorporates:
Depending on their mental state, patients will be engaged on a suitable OT programme to facilitate recovery. These groups are facilitated by Occupational Therapists, Psychology, Nursing, with sessions also by the Physical Health Nurse and Advocacy.
Females aged between 18 and 65 years old with Mental health issue including:-
These criteria are a guide for assessing suitability. Each patient will be individually assessed by our dedicated team.
Discharge is considered at admission and our clinical and social work teams work with appropriate case managers to support a transition.