Men's Mental Health

Tiptree is a 16-bedded ward for men of working age (18-65), with a diagnosis of chronic mental illness.

It offers a slow stream rehabilitation step down option to support males in secure services or those in non-secure and community settings where their care may have broken down.

Located in Benfleet, Essex, this service is ideally positioned to support men from the East of England, East London and the South East who are seeking specialist care as close to home as possible.

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Private meeting areas for patients and staff to use

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Tiptree bedroom

Admissions criteria

Tiptree supports working age men, 18-65 years of age, with chronic mental illness.

Patients may have:

  • a forensic history
  • complex behaviours
  • a detention under the Mental Health Act 1983 or Criminal Procedure (Insanity and Unfitness to Plead) Act 1991.

Treatment and care

Tiptree provides individualised and recovery orientated rehabilitation programmes to support working age males either stepping down from secure services, or whose care in non-secure and community settings has broken down.

The service aims to improve health and wellbeing in adults using a comprehensive programme of therapies and activities. Psychology therapy plays a key part to support patient’s individual recoveries, helping them understand problems such as substance misuse or hearing voices. Occupational therapy supports this intervention improving patient’s health and wellbeing, whilst enhancing daily living skills and independence to support a transition into the community.

The service employs a least restrictive approach, whilst encouraging patients to take responsibility for their own treatment using Positive Behavioural Support. Regular patient and clinician meetings, including weekly community meetings, allow patients to contribute to continuously improving the care they receive. Our on-site MDT includes GP, practice nurse, physiotherapy, dietetics, dental and podiatry services.