Bewick Ward – Women’s Low Secure

Bewick Ward is a low secure service which can support up to 15 women. It is designed to provide intensive rehabilitation for women who have severe and enduring mental health problems who cannot be safely treated in an open inpatient recovery unit.

Rehabilitation treatment is focused and driven by the use of the recovery model with the service user at the centre of every decision. The principal aim of treatment is community re-integration through an established and agreed care pathway with the goal of regaining independence, empowerment and acceptance of self- directed responsibility.

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Support and Outcomes

The multi-disciplinary team, including our social worker, occupational therapist, clinical psychologist and consultant forensic psychiatrist formulate treatment plans which are focused on re-integrating people back into the community.

“I was involved in shaping the service as a service user council member through doing audits and sat in recruitment interviews to select staff who work on Bewick and other wards. I gained my confidence back and I’m now ready to move forward again.”Service user

Bewick Ward can also work with individuals who are affected by substance misuse, putting in place treatment and support programmes designed to reduce factors which often lead to readmission.

Recovery Star, MOPP and HoNOS scores are used as integral outcome measures in addition to established psychological outcome measures. Our average length of stay is around 15 months. Around 80% of service users leave Bewick Ward to move to a lower level of care support, most within community-based settings.

Accreditation and Awards

Bewick Ward is a member of the Quality Network for Forensic Low Secure Services and achieved a 95% score following a peer review in May 2016. The ward also achieved ‘Star Ward’ status in 2014 following the Star Wards review of meaningful therapeutic activities on the ward.

“The ward is light and bright and attention has been paid to including patient artwork throughout, creating a very homely and welcoming feel.”Quality Network for Forensic Low Secure Services report May 2016


Bewick Ward has a dedicated occupational therapist who runs the activity programme alongside activities co-ordinators and service users, all of whom have a minimum of 25 hours per week of therapy and meaningful activity, individualised to meet their needs.

A proportion of service users go to college from the ward and to other classes in the community, subject to risk assessment.

Some activities take place off of the ward and away from the hospital entirely to encourage and enable community-integration, which we believe to be key in reducing the likelihood of readmission after discharge.


The ward has its own kitchen, fully equipped occupational therapy room and a multi-faith room. The ward is visited weekly by a visiting Chaplain and also an Imam.

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