Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder (EUPD) – Inpatient Care and Rehabilitation

Lower Harlestone is an inpatient care and rehabilitation service providing highly specialist care for women with emotionally unstable personality disorders (EUPD). 

The rehabilitation-focussed service allows women to learn and develop skills; psychological and occupational, that will enable them to discharge to community services at the earliest stage.

Admissions criteria

The service helps adult women, including transgender, who are 18 years+ old who:

  • present with a primary diagnosis of EUPD 
  • may have a forensic history
  • have complex needs and who pose a significant risk to themselves or others requiring hospitalisation for treatment

Our specialist DBT services

Located in Northampton, Lower Harlestone forms part of our specialist DBT service offer. It has been developed with the aim of bringing all our DBT services together, consolidating our wards and expert clinical teams 'under one roof'. It is perfectly located to meet the needs of women with a diagnosis of EUPD across the Midlands.  In areas where there is a lack of inpatient beds, Northampton is perfectly placed to support local and national needs.

The national service is a Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Healthcare Foundation Trust funded service and is able to accept referrals from these boards. Referrals from health boards outside of England will also be accepted.

Exclusion criteria:

We are unable to support women who:

  • are unwilling or unable to engage in comprehensive Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) adapted for eating disorders. 
  • have a significant Learning Disability (not ASD)
  • have dissocial Personality Disorder, anti-social Personality Disorder, or a primary diagnosis of eating disorder. Those with a diagnosis of PD may be supported in more appropriate services within the charity.

In these instances we would try to work with individuals to help engage them in DBT over time or will recommend another appropriate service within our charity in which to support a patient's needs.

Treatment and care

DBT is cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) designed for individuals with complex needs. It integrates strategies from CBT with strategies of accepting reality as it is ‘in the moment’ (mindfulness).

Our treatment programme includes all five functions of a comprehensive DBT programme:
• enhancing capabilities - twice weekly skills training groups
• enhancing motivation - weekly individual therapy sessions
• ensuring generalisation - skills coaching
• structuring the environment - homework groups community meetings and staff training
• DBT consultation - (with peer group supervision) for the DBT therapists delivering treatment.

Supporting the programme, therapy intervention for patients also includes adapted therapy groups, including body image, self-catering, shopping, self-esteem, motivation and exercise and a Community/Out-reach programme supporting patient discharge. This includes DBT input via telemedicine.

Service aims and objectives

The service aims to provide:

  • A specialist solution for women with EUPD
  • Provide a recovery and rehabilitation clinical experience, with skill learning (psychological and occupational) at its core
  • Reduce hospital length of stay and readmission for this patient cohort, addressing co-morbidities and supporting community discharge.

The service admits patients who are unable to engage in an outpatient DBT programme due to their ongoing risk and need for hospitalisation, so the MDT on Silverstone aims to teach skills and coping mechanisms (from the psychological and occupational programme) that enables patients to return to community settings within the shortest time possible. 

The St Andrew’s site provides an unrivalled range of facilities and leading therapeutic care. Delivered by an extensive in-house clinical team (comprising  or Psychiatry, Psychology, Dietitians, Speech and Language, Physios and physical healthcare clinicians). Patients are able to access a multitude of vocational, educational, creative and therapeutic interventions tailored to their specific mental and physical health needs. These include sport, exercise, horticulture, art and crafts and animal care.

Vocational opportunities offer patients the chance to develop work and life skills, in a fully supportive environment. Women with community leave are able to attend Workbridge (our on-site vocational centre which includes a garden centre, coffee shop, IT and design suite, woodwork and ceramics workshops) or community vocational placements.

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