Men's Mental Health - low secure

A low secure admissions, assessment, treatment and recovery ward for adult males with complex care needs – predominantly around personality disorder.

Hadleigh is a 16 bed low secure ward for adult males aged 18 to 65 with complex care needs/ personality disorder. Our aim is to stabilise patient’s condition and give them the skills to identify, understand and take responsibility for their risk behaviour so we can support a full return to community living,

The lives of patients with complex needs are often 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.

The culture on the unit has been developed around the belief that people have a right to stay in control of their lives, and that the role of staff is to support patients in their on going journey of healing.

Admissions criteria

Males aged between 18 and 65 years old with a wide range of complex psychopathologies and mental disorders, Co-morbid diagnosis including;

  • complex mental and personality disorders
  • schizophrenia
  • attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • behavioural difficulties
  • patients presenting with serious self-harming / suicidal behaviour
  • substance and alcohol misuse
  • a history of violence and offending
  • detained or eligible for detention under the Mental Health Act 1983.

The majority of the men who are placed on Hadleigh have had long-standing difficulties and have been in contact with community psychiatric services over many years.
These criteria are a guide for assessing suitability. Each patient will be individually assessed by our dedicated team.

Treatment and care

The dysfunctional coping styles and patterns that are demonstrated by patients in response to perceived difficulties and expressed in the four main areas of personality disorder (PD);

  • cognition
  • affect
  • behaviour
  • 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. This is through a structured environment on the ward and undertaking Dialect Behaviour Therapy (DBT) programmes. Our programme is built around structure, boundaries, bespoke trained staff and a strong psychological model.

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

Facilities

  • Modern bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms
  • Therapy areas including crafts, information technology (IT) skills, kitchens and vocational rehabilitation
  • Fitness suite
  • Large enclosed courtyard and garden
  • Children and family visitor room
  • Multi-faith room
  • GP
  • Café
  • Library
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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