Women's Personality Disorder - locked

A specialist locked service for women aged over 18 with Personality Disorder (PD).

Hereward Wake is a specialist service, providing Comprehensive Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) specifically for women over the age of 18 with a diagnosis of PD.

The ward expands on the success of our existing holistic care pathway and treatment programme for women with PD, and specifically our established specialist locked service in Spring Hill House.

Admission criteria

Women over the age of 18 who have:

  • severe emotional and behavioural difficulties but with a primary diagnosis of personality disorder
  • problem behaviours that are likely to include: self- harm, suicidal behaviour, violence towards others, problems in interpersonal relationships, substance misuse, self- neglect, fire setting and non-compliance with prescribed medication
  • treatment resistance
  • been detained under either civil or criminal provisions of the Mental Health Act 1983 (amended 2007)
  • a high risk to themselves or others.

Treatment and care

Our programme includes:

  • twice weekly skills training group
  • weekly individual therapy sessions
  • skills coaching-crisis management
  • consultation for the therapists delivering the treatment.

Our environment complements this programme as it is built around structure, boundaries, bespoke trained staff and an Occupational Therapy pathway of care with a strong psychological model.

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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