Bewick Ward – Women’s Low Secure

Bewick Ward supports up to 15 women in a low secure environment, providing specialist assessment, treatment and intensive rehabilitation. Programmes of support are designed to help individuals progress along their care pathway in a safe environment back toward the community.

We support women with personality disorder and other complex mental health needs, including those who are considered a risk to others and/or who may have a history with the criminal justice system, as well as those who exhibit behaviours that challenge, including self-harm or aggression.

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Our treatment programme

Each person’s risk profile and treatment needs are identified through a comprehensive assessment, following which a bespoke programme is put in place to meet these needs. A range of Clinical and Patient-Related Outcome Measures are used to establish baselines and track progress.

Discharge planning from day one of admission provides a sense of boundary to the placement, while an ongoing focus throughout the multi-disciplinary team (MDT) on therapeutic rapport enables service users to work at their own pace through the significant attachment issues most experience.

The overall aim of our service is to help the women we work with to discover or recover the ability to manage their own risk and mental health, optimise their daily living skills and prepare for a successful reintegration to the community in the least restrictive environment possible.

Stabilisation and crisis management

Comprehensive risk assessments and co-produced crisis plans allow therapeutic risk-taking, within a service ethos where lapses across a range of problem behaviours are seen as a natural part of the process of recovery and offer opportunities to better understand the difficulties to be overcome – a lapse doesn’t need to become relapse.

Our service user profile:

  • Women, aged 18+
  • Detained under the Mental Health Act
  • Requiring assessment and treatment in a secure environment
  • May be:
    • Presenting active or potential risk to others
    • Exhibiting dangerous and challenging behaviour
  • Likely to be diagnosed with:
    • Severe and enduring mental health problems
    • Personality disorder
    • Harmful substance and alcohol use
  • May require a specialist service able to work with:
    • Borderline/mild learning disability
    • Pregnant women
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