A low secure ward for men aged 18-65 with complex mental health needs for rehabilitation and recovery based in Northampton.
Spencer South is a 10 bed ward which is part of the forensic care pathway acting as a step down from the medium secure wards Robinson and Pritchard to consolidate the process of recovery and build on the work previously undertaken. The ward is needs led with specialist treatment and rehabilitation for working age men with a complex mental health need.
The ward opened in the Malcolm Arnold building in 2017.
Treatment has three stages, firstly physical and emotional stabilisation, secondly working towards engagement and developing coping mechanisms to regulate behaviour and emotions. Finally, the focus will be on integration and recovery which focuses on relapse prevention, further self-understanding and resilience building to assist in the transition to a lower setting or community placement.
A wide range of interventions are available depending on a patient’s needs, including:
• fire-setting programme
• sex offender treatment
• violence reduction treatment
• Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
• problem solving programmes.
We aim to exceed the recommended 25 hours of meaningful activity.
The ward is situated on our main Northampton campus, which is set landscaped parkland and offers:
Discharge is considered at admission and our clinical and social work teams work with appropriate case managers to support a transition.