New Dawn Ward – Female Tier 4 Personality Disorder Service

New Dawn Ward at Cygnet Hospital Beckton is an 18 bed specialist Tier 4 Personality Disorder service. Women can be admitted to New Dawn if they have a diagnosis of personality disorder, exhibit self-harming behaviour and are able to accept the need for help. Service users can be informal or detained under the Mental Health Act.

The service is structured so that there are two distinct areas in the ward aligned with the care pathway; pre-engagement and engagement. Following admission, a 12 week assessment period is undertaken to establish needs and determine the appropriate treatment pathway. Upon completion of the 12 weeks’ assessment, a clear pathway will be formulated with the service user and discussed in their first CPA (Care Programme Approach) meeting.

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Therapy programme

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) is the main programme of therapy used on New Dawn Ward. The care pathway is structured in phases which include a comprehensive clinical, psychometric assessment and formulation within 4-6 weeks of admission.

Adherent DBT pathway Features two cycles of skills training, weekly 1:1 therapy, ad hoc skills coaching and 1:1 crisis management therapy. Service users who are motivated and show commitment to DBT will undertake the full programme.

Adapted DBT pathway We recognise that standard DBT is not suitable for everyone, so we also provide an adapted programme, based within the DBT framework but tailored to the needs of individuals particularly where the service user may have an area of cognitive difficulty that impacts their ability to engage and process.

“This is just a few words to try to explain how grateful we both are. When she first arrived she thought it was a waste of time being there as she said nobody would be able to help her. Well thanks to all your expertise, you have helped her to become the old person from years ago. She is so confident and outgoing now it is great for us to see.”Family member

There are various options available on how this is delivered for people experiencing attention, concentration or motivational difficulties including conversational, experiential learning and visual aid approaches. This is then supported with further individualised practice on a 1:1 basis.

Alternative therapeutic interventions We also provide alternative NICE Guideline recommended therapies including Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT), psychodynamic techniques and Schema Therapy.

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