A part of the UK’s largest ASD secure pathway, Newstead is a specialist low secure service for men with autism. The unit accepts direct external referrals or patient transitions from medium secure services.
As an assessment and stabilisation environment, Newstead is an integral part of our comprehensive Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) service in Nottinghamshire, which supports patients in managing and understanding their challenging behaviour and is suitable for those in an acute or deteriorating phase of their condition.
Individualised care is essential for effective management of ASD and we pride ourselves on providing a bespoke service. We assess a patient’s ASD, health & wellbeing and vocational needs to develop a personalised treatment programme. Through continuity of care we’re able to encourage pathway transitions and support patients on a journey back to the community.
People referred will have a history of challenging or risk behaviours and would meet the criteria for detention under the mental health act.
These individuals may have identifiable mental health difficulties, in particular affective disorders, adjustment and separation-related disorders, and psychotic illnesses.
Newstead can accept male patients:
Upon admission our aim is to assess distressing symptoms, stabilise risk behaviours, reduce anxiety and promote engagement with therapy. We assess patient’s ASD needs such as communication, social interaction and sensory difficulties using a range of specific diagnostic assessment tools including ADOS and ADI.
Psychiatric and risk assessments, including HCR-20, RSVP and START, help build a picture of the patients health and wellbeing needs. Physical health, nutrition and activity & exercise are also considered when we formulate the patient’s care plan.
A range of psychological therapies are adapted for each individual to support new skill development and address offending behaviours. Our aim at this stage is to prevent relapse and promote resilience and recovery, and may include interventions, such as:
- sexual offending and/or inappropriate sexual behaviour
- arson/fire setting
- managing anxiety and anger
- improving social understanding and communication
- managing sensory difficulties
- specific psychosocial interventions for adults with ASD.
Patients can benefit from our state-of-the-art facilities, including:
Delivering meaningful outcomes matter and we aim to ensure treatment is the least restrictive environment possible. Following a period of stabilisation, and once the patient is engaging in their treatment programme, they may move to Rufford ward ward for on-going treatment and rehabilitation that will provide them with the skills to live in a non-secure setting.