Hansa Ward – Mental Health with Learning Disabilities

Hansa Ward provides a high quality person centred inpatient service for women with mental health needs and who also have a dual diagnosis of a learning disability. Hansa Ward is also able to accept crisis admissions.

We provide an innovative method of service delivery that empowers and enables service users to take an active role in their care pathway. Care is provided through a holistic and person centred care plan following a comprehensive assessment.

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The multi-disciplinary team (MDT) work together with individual service users to provide a holistic, comprehensive assessment and care plan, focusing on all the identified needs of each individual. The MDT ensures that the needs of the service user are addressed in keeping with the care plan to facilitate all aspects of recovery and a return to the community or to the least restrictive setting/environment.

“We do day to day activities on the ward like life skills, cooking, pampering, Bingo, art, use the gym and creative writing. We also attend inter-ward groups which is where we team-up with patients from other wards to do a group. The things I think help me is doing the activities, using my S17 leave, attending my football training and visiting my Mum.”Service user

Each person can expect a shared care plan, a health equality action plan, social worker input, professional therapist input including a clinical psychologist and SALT. The nurses working on the ward are qualified Learning Disability Nurses and RMNs. There is also an art therapist.

The service can admit people stepping down from a low secure service, or indeed, stepping up from the community. With 13 bedrooms, this is a small, self-contained service offering person-centred treatment, rehabilitation and support. All rooms are individual en-suite spaces and the ward also offers social space, a rehabilitation kitchen and a garden. The service works collaboratively with commissioners to ensure high standards are maintained through a range of care and treatment reviews

High Dependency Unit

Hansa Ward has a flexible layout meaning that it is able to accommodate service users with high dependency needs with minimal impact on the rest of the ward. It is able therefore to cater for service users who require a short admission or are experiencing a period of acute relapse and need appropriate LD environment and specialist in-put.

The ward proactively works to reduce the length of time the spent in in these speciality high dependency beds. Our aim is that should a person be admitted to the HDU area for a short stay from the community, they would be able to return to their accommodation and not lose their tenancy or accommodation in the community.

The HDU area offers a variety of spaces for people including individual en-suite bedrooms, lounge spaces, snoozelen, a kitchen and bathroom.


There are clear pathways in place in Hansa Ward and the average length of stay for an individual receiving rehabilitation is 11 months.

All service users have CTR reviews and the outcome measures used include My Shared Pathway, Recovery Star, HONOS LD, HONOS Secure for those with forensic history and in occupational therapy we also use the MOHO tool and the Health Equality Framework.


The occupational therapy team lead on many of the activities within Hansa Ward and the ward has its own kitchen where service users can learn, or regain, skills in cooking, meal planning and self-care.

Other training includes skills training, social skills and money management.

Service users are encouraged and enabled to access community services wherever possible, including local educational facilities. The hospital is very close to local amenities including shops, leisure facilities, colleges and others.

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