Moorside Ward provides specialist DBT services for women with a diagnosis of personality disorder. The ward exists as part of a care pathway including our female PICU ward, Denholme Ward, and the open personality disorder service on Bowling Ward, with which it shares a care programme and philosophy, and also the rehabilitation service at Cygnet Lodge Brighouse.
DBT is the main therapy used on the ward. Other structured interventions are used to support service users who are initially less motivated to move through the care pathway. Trauma focused interventions such as EMDR are also provided for those service users who require issues of abuse or other trauma to be looked at.
DBT therapy is provided in a group setting and also individually for those for whom this is more helpful. Skills training and Mindfulness work is also carried out. Service users are cared for in a highly structured environment and have a ward therapy programme alongside a personal programme.
The service users in our personality disorder service are extensively involved in the regional and national service user development programmes and the hospital is at the forefront of this regionally. Read more about out approach to service user involvement.
Discharge planning begins from admission. The final pre-discharge phase last for 2-3 months and is aimed at sustaining the skills and functioning achieved and assist service users to manage issues to sustain their recovery. This is followed by a CPA meeting which outlines the continuity and future care at the point of discharge. Service users are discharged to open services or rehabilitation settings or the community if progress and presentation allows this.
An assessment visit can be arranged quickly by either phoning or faxing a completed referral form. Referrers will be notified of decisions verbally and in writing within 72 hours.
In addition to the pathway of female services available at Cygnet Hospital Bierley, the hospital is also part of a larger network of Cygnet hospitals. Depending on need, service users on Moorside ward can be transferred to the locked rehabilitation unit Cygnet Lodge Brighouse.
Where appropriate we also work closely with Cygnet Supported Living to secure access to supported accommodation for service users.