St Andrew's Healthcare is one of three hospital sites chosen by NHS England to pilot a Women's Blended Secure Service. Negating the need for secure transitions between medium and low security levels, our blended service aims to reduce people's length of stay by providing an innovative model of care on one ward environment. The service intends to offer a better experience for patients with a clear emphasis on recovery and progression.
"In my own journey, I believe that if I hadn't gone from one hospital to another where I had to start my story from the beginning, I do believe, that my length of stay would have been a lot less." Sue Denison, Expert by Experience
This service was co-produced with patients and experts by experience. To find out more about the value of a blended approach watch our videos below featuring Sue who tells her own story of navigating secure care and a clinical perspective on this model.
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Our blended service is appropriate for adult women* including transgender who are 18 years+:
* Women who are likely to require intensive support and stabilisation for a prolonged period will initially be considered for our Sunley medium secure service, before a transition into this blended service.
The national service is able to accept referrals from across England with approval from the local Leicestershire and Lincolnshire Area Team. The service is only available to NHS England patients.
By blending our medium and low secure services we aim to:
A number of measures have been developed with NHS England to measure every aspect of the service, helping us to understand the impact of this model of care. The measures will include:
To achieve the ambitious aims and objectives of the service, an innovative care model has been co-produced by patients and experts by experience. This has resulted in a trauma informed and responsive relational security model of care with a focus on recovery and progression.
This bespoke treatment programme encourages self-care and self regulation, challenging women in secure settings to understand and manage the difficult emotions they experience in the early stages of their treatment and preparing them for their next step. Therapies are adapted to specific needs and may include:
Using collaborative and partnership working, the Blended Service will work with Home Area Teams to reduce people's length of stay.
A working group including the patient, their family, carers, the Home Area Team and the care team will, from the point of admission, ensure that a clear care and discharge plan is developed. It is anticipated that the majority of patients from the Blended Service will transition to suitable community accommodation and an Outreach Team, comprised of family and carer liaisons, community mental health teams and crisis planning and support networks, has been created to ensure that we achieve this objective.
Where suitable accommodation is unavailable locally, we will work to develop community packages with the relevant local team.