Women's Mental Health - low secure

Sinclair is a fifteen-bed low secure unit for adult women over 18 years of age.

The recovery-orientated service supports women with mental disorders and complex needs in a robust, safe and secure environment. The service is appropriate for women with forensic histories who require low secure, including those stepping down from medium secure services. 

Admission criteria

Adult women with mental disorders who meet criteria for detention under the Mental Health Act 1983 or Criminal Procedure (Insanity and Unfitness to Plead) Act 1991.

We support women with complex psychopathology, where problem behaviours are likely to include: self-harm, self-neglect, fire setting, severe problems in interpersonal relations, suicidal behaviour, violence to others, substance abuse and/or non compliance with prescribed medication, though not exclusively.

Treatment and care

Sinclair offers individualised biopsychosocial treatment based on patient's strengths, as well as their needs, in order to support women with severe and enduring mental disorders.

The ultimate aim of the service is to help patients transition to less secure hospital or community accommodation. To achieve this the recovery-orientated service offers a range of occupational and psychological interventions to help patient's develop the necessary skills to live safely with their mental illness in the least restrictive environment possible.

Sinclair uses Positive Behavioural Support to reduce unnecessary restraint or segregation, however it does benefit from an extra care suite, allowing patients who experience acute periods of mental illness to be cared for away from the main ward. This practice is always used as a last resort and subject to regular reviews between the patient, clinical team, care team and NHS England.

Next steps

With the appropriate support patients would be expected to step down to Thornton, our inpatient care and rehabilitation ward, to continue their skills development or direct to community accommodation.

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