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Cygnet Alders Clinic

155 Podsmead Road, Gloucestershire, GL1 5UA

Gender: Female

Age: 18+

Beds: 20

Cygnet Alders Clinic is a 20 bed rehabilitation service providing assessment, treatment and rehabilitation for women with personality disorder and complex needs.

At Cygnet Alders Clinic we provide a specialist psychologically informed personality disorder pathway across three living areas; Severn, for assessment and stabilisation; Avon, where service users move as they engage and progress with their treatment pathway; and Coln, which focuses on transitioning to the community.

We have a substantive multi-disciplinary team (MDT) comprising of a hospital manager, head of care, psychiatry, psychology, occupational therapy, nursing and support workers. We work closely with the local community, including dieticians and primary care.

We promote physical health, wellbeing and meaningful occupation as part of our treatment programme, using strong community links to facilitate individualised wellbeing plans.

Cygnet Alders Clinic is on the Welsh Hospital Framework with specialist service status.

“Alders has changed my life… After 18 years of being in hospital I finally have a future!”Service user

Our approach:

We adopt an integrated modular approach to treatment for women with a diagnosis of personality disorder, accounting for diagnostic differences, NICE guidelines and the work of Livesley (2004).

With a focus on interpersonal relationships, we use individual formulation to deliver a personalised and integrated combination of psychotherapeutic and pharmacological interventions. These can include:

  • DBT-informed Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT)
  • Mentalisation Based Therapy (MBT)
  • Schema Focused Therapy (SBT)

Our aim is to address the core features of personality disorder: emotional regulation, interpersonal functioning, and self-identity and to prepare the women in our care for a transition to life back in the community.

Our pathway

Service user profile

  • Women, aged 18+
  • Complex mental health needs, challenging behaviours and a primary or secondary diagnosis of personality disorder
  • May be detained under the Mental Health Act
  • May have a history of substance misuse or dependency
  • May have experienced regular placement breakdowns
  • Sustained relational and social functioning problems
  • Forensic or non-forensic history
  • Capacity to engage
  • Referrals accepted from Tiers 1-4
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Cygnet Alders Clinic in the news


2020 Cygnet Christmas Card Competition Winners

In September we asked our service users and residents from around the country to get into the festive spirit and enter the 2020 Cygnet Christmas Card Competition. We received over 100 fantastic entries and we are now pleased to announce the three winners.

2021 Cygnet Calendar Competition Winners

In March we launched the 2021 Cygnet Health Care Calendar Competition. With so many fantastic entries we couldn’t choose just 13 pieces to feature therefore, the 2021 Cygnet Calendar will feature 21 pieces of artwork.


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