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Posted on Feb 22 2019 by David Anthony

Delivering outcomes that help women return home

Our Women’s Mental Health Services has conducted some research into patient outcomes across its Mental Illness and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) services.

The research looked at some key areas with the aim of reviewing the effectiveness that specialised intervention, delivered across the services, has on the women we provide care for. The outcomes measured included:

  • aggressive episodes
  • restraints
  • seclusions
  • self-harm
  • length of stay
  • discharge destinations.

The data was collected over a two-year period and has the ultimate aim of continuously improving patient care, helping more women to achieve sustainable recoveries and return home as quickly as possible.

Some of the outcomes included:

  • 94% reduction in aggressive episodes during our 12-month comprehensive DBT service
  • 85% reduction in aggressive episodes within the first 6 months on our women’s medium secure wards
  • 93% of patients were successfully discharged home or to community accommodation from our locked rehabilitation service
  • 1/3rd over a third of patients returned home or to community accommodation within their home area from our women’s low secure wards.
  • As a charity, St Andrew’s is committed to achieving positive outcomes for our patients. This means focusing on active rehabilitation, constantly working towards reducing length of stay and, where possible, facilitating people’s return to their home area.
  • We are proud to become the first mental healthcare provider to implement a Value Based Healthcare system helping us to deliver more effective care by aligning resource and specialisms to patients with similar clinical needs.

To find out more and view the full report please visit