Men's Mental Health - low secure

An older adult low secure ward for men aged over 55 years old with complex needs, challenging behaviour or offending histories.

Lifford is a 16 bed ward  which cares for men aged over 55 years who have mental disorder, forensic history; complex mental health needs and may have co-morbid diagnosis. Co-morbid diagnosis including personality disorder, dementia, substance misuse, borderline intellectual impairment and a developmental disorder.

Lifford ward’s accommodation has been designed and is suitable for patients who have mobility problems. Ward staff undertake ongoing training including dementia awareness and working with patients with mobility issues and enduring mental health issues. 

Modern open dinning and games area

Bright open plan TV area

Modern en-suite bedrooms

Outside courtyard areas

Admissions criteria

Males aged 55 and above experiencing severe mental health problems and comorbidity of:

  •  personality disorder 
  • dementia
  • Substance misuse
  • borderline intellectual impairment
  • development disorder
  • challenging behaviour
  •  have a forensic history or index offence which requires a low secure environment
  • complex physical health needs
  • detained or eligible for detention 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

The low secure older adult service provides a holistic approach to assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of mental disorders and complex physical health problems.
In a safe, secure and age-appropriate environment, our extensive multi-disciplinary team is able to utilise specialist age-appropriate interventions and tools which address psychiatric symptoms, risk and offending behaviour. Providing support for daily living activities including personal hygiene and support with day to day functioning.
Structured professional judgement tools, such as HCR-20 and RSVP, are used to assess risk on a regular basis. Comprehensive neuropsychological assessments, such as Dementia Care Mapping, complement our holistic approach.
Therapeutic interventions offered enhance the patient’s quality of life through careful consideration of their emotional wellbeing, social, forensic, spiritual and cultural needs and to optimise their independence and functional skills in self-care, productivity and leisure.


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

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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