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Hooper Ward – Female PICU

Gender: Female

Age: 18+

Beds: 15

Hooper Ward is Cygnet Hospital Beckton’s female PICU service. The team tailors care to improve service users’ wellbeing, reduce risk and facilitate engagement in their recovery. Service users can be admitted from the criminal justice system, prison or be detained under the Mental Health Act.

Service users admitted or transferred to Hooper PICU from the NHS will have a short-term intensive assessment and treatment programme. Once stabilised, they will be transferred back to their home Trust’s inpatient services to continue with their recovery journey. There may be occasions when transfer to another Cygnet unit may be agreed with the referring organisation for further expert care.

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A personalised package of care is agreed following an assessment within 72 hours of admission, including full physical healthcare checks. Care is delivered by a well-established multi-disciplinary team comprising of a consultant psychiatrist with specialist interest in care in PICU, a ward doctor, nurses, occupational therapist, psychologist, social worker, occupational therapist and activities co-ordinators.

All therapeutic interventions are carefully selected, graded and adapted to meet the needs of our service users. At the point of admission, an initial interview assessment is conducted with each service user to evaluate initial needs and identify suitable sessions for meeting these needs. Sessions may take place on or off the ward, in one-to-one or group environments.

Our Therapies Programme offers a wide range of interventions in the following broad areas:

  • Managing mental health
  • Self-care
  • Living skills
  • Social networks
  • Work
  • Relationships
  • Addictive behaviour
  • Responsibilities
  • Identity and self-esteem
  • Trust and hope

The team work with service users to promote insight and understanding of their care needs and works also with their families and friends (with the service users’ permission), ensuring partnership in the decision making for their care and treatment.

There is emphasis on the use of relational security, patient safety, recovery programmes and pharmacology in the management of risk, challenging behaviour and enduring mental health disorder. Training, coaching and supervision of staff enable the clinical team to remain knowledgeable and skilled in the provision of modern, appropriate, compassionate and safe care.


The average length of stay is typically about three weeks and the aim is to repatriate individuals to a suitable service within their local area as quickly as possible. Over 90% of the service users are discharged to open wards.


Hooper Ward is a locked door service, allowing stability and security for service users to maximise their recovery and reduce risk levels. The ward includes all the features you would expect including en-suite bedrooms, lounges, recreational and social space.


Hooper Ward is a member of NAPICU (National Association Psychiatric Intensive Care Units) and has consistently benchmarked with the country’s best PICU’s. Hooper Ward has AIMS accreditation 2019-20.

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