Sycamore is a 4-bed enhanced support female service within our Learning Disability and Autistic Spectrum Disorder Division.
It is one of a very small number of highly specialised services in the UK able to provide intensive bespoke care.
The service creates the feeling of community-based care, yet in an inpatient setting.
Addressing an important need
Across the secure network some individuals, typically long-stay inpatients, do not tolerate busy ward environments. This leads to challenging behaviour and, within existing services, often results in long-term segregation.
Sycamore is an alternative provision of care aimed at improving patient outcomes and quality of life.
Sycamore is an enhanced medium secure service placing women in individual suites consisting of a bedroom, bathroom and living room, with access to communal areas.
The ward provides intensive staffing and an MDT model of care, with a treatment goal focused on re-integrating people to a general ward environment, or possibly on to a structured community placement.
This is delivered via:
Supplementary activities and sessions will be guided by the team.
Access to activity space and fresh air is inherent in the design of FitzRoy House.
Each person will have an individualised plan at admission, and depending on risk assessment will have access to many activity and outdoor spaces, including: