Men's Mental Health - low secure

A fast-track mental health rehabilitation and recovery ward for men aged 18 to 65 years old.

Northfield is a 16 bed low secure ward that provides care for individuals for whom the intention is to provide support and treatment to enable them to transition successfully back in to the community. The approach by the MDT, in addressing the rehabilitation and recovery needs of the patients, takes on elements of positive risk-taking, within a framework of least restrictive practice.

Northfield’s ethos is underpinned by the principles of recovery and rehabilitation.

A psychosocial, relational and recovery model of care will provide therapeutic support and treatment underpinned by evidence-based practice. This will encapsulate diversity awareness which will be integrated into the planning, development, delivery and evaluation of the service.

St Andrews Wards 170517 Panorama 047 NORTHFIELD

Modern open plan living and games area

St Andrews Wards 170517 Panorama 050 NORTHFIELD

A modern en-suite bedroom

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Bright and spacious TV area

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Outside courtyard areas

Admission criteria

Males aged between 18 to 65 years who;

  • have a mental disorder or mental impairment
  • have expressed a willingness to engage in psychological input to address their problems
  • with complex psychopathology, where problem behaviours are likely to include: self-harm, self-neglect, fire setting, severe problems in interpersonal relations, violence to others, substance abuse, non-compliance with prescribed medication
  • require low structural security but medium levels of relational security
  • have levels of aggression which can be safely managed without the need for ward seclusion or an extra care facility
  • be detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 or the Criminal Procedure (Insanity and Unfitness to Plead ) Act 1991

These criteria are a guide for assessing suitability. Each patient will be individually assessed by our dedicated team.

Treatment and care

The multidisciplinary team (MDT) will complete a detailed pre-admission assessment on individuals who have identifiable additional mental health difficulties, in particular affective disorders, adjustment and separation related disorders and psychotic illness.

In additional to all this activity we have a close link and interaction with family members and community teams as part of the process of transaction into the community.

Interventions are specifically tailored to patient need and continue to prepare patients for lower levels of security. 

Patients attend and participate meaningfully in a range of therapeutic interventions offered and engage in the prescribed psychological treatment programmes where appropriate. 

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


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  • modern bedrooms with en suite bathrooms
  • seclusion suite
  • therapy areas for group or individual sessions
  • a therapy kitchen and laundry room
  • fitness suite
  • education, library and IT suite
  • large enclosed courtyard and garden
  • a child and family visitor room
  • multi-faith room
  • GP and dentist (visiting)


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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